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Sturdy support

I spent most of last year mending the supports for my Purple Sprouting Broccoli. They’re really heavy plants and the supports did not withstand the wind. I was quite proud of my attempts this year and the support seemed sturdy!... However, woke up this morning to toppled plants and the cane support almost lying flat. I’m using 3 canes per plant... any tips on making a sturdier support for these heavy plants! My patch is in the front garden and we’re on a hill... so wind can be an issue!

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,506
    Wind break netting around the brassica patch ... https://truetraders.co.uk/shop/netting-mesh/netting/wind-protection.html

    ive not bought from that supplier so can’t recommend them - just used them as an example ... I bought mine from the local garden centre 
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  • Thankyou... that’s a definite option.. shall have a go!! 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,506
    😊 
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    Also try planting them deeper, so that the soil level is where the lowest leaves meet the stem and then firming the ground really well around each plant.  I do this with all my brassicas and it really helps.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Dawnie SmiffDawnie Smiff Posts: 21
    edited December 2019
    Going back to this discussion as we’ve just had gales that have toppled a couple of the plants. Is it ok to now build up soil around the base or will this rot the base of the stem?
  • ** just had gales**
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,506
    I usually tread them in firmly and add another sturdy cane or two to tie them to ... but I don’t think a bit of a build up of soil as well will do any harm. 
    😊 



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