It’s been a tough year for the brassicas! It is almost impossible to believe that last year I managed to grow some half decent ‘Mammoth’ cabbages and had a glut of cabbages. This year all the brasiccas were clobbered by pigeons and then the dry weather has caused lots of the cabbages that have hearted to split. A few caterpillars have sidled into the hearts of them but I had high hopes for the collards. These non-hearting cabbages that are so popular in the deep south of the USA were grown from seed I got from the US and I was looking forward to trying them. But now mealy cabbage aphid has moved in. I hate to spray veg but do I wait for the ladybirds to clear the problem? I could cry.