Giant purple mustard grows very quickly and will be ready to harvest before main crop of summer or winter vegetables are ready to be harvested. For continuous supply of fresh vegetables from the garden before others are ready, giant purple mustard can fulfilled that hope. It can be inter-planted with other vegetables to maximise space and productiveness of small gardens. Mustards can be treated as green manure and it is said to help control nematodes as well. Inter-planting mustard with plants that is easily effected by nematodes as companion plant will deter nematodes.Giant purple mustard is very tolerant to cool weather. Giant purple mustard leaves will turn to more purple colours in cold weather.
Giant purple mustard seedlings sown in late fall.
Giant purple mustard seedlings sown in the end of summer.
Giant purple mustard can also be grown as trap plants or sacrificial plant to attract pest to them. So that main crop brassica like broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower will be safer from pest attack. Broccoli and cauliflower takes long time to grow, inter-planting mustard around them will give many benefits to the brassica and productivity of ones garden like deterring nematodes, act as decoy to pest that like brassica and keep soil evaporation low as ground cover.
Purple Giant mustard ready to be harvest.
If letting them grow much bigger it will become too bitter.
Inter-planting potatoes with mustards.
Time to harvest those mustards which will give potatoes some space to grow.
Giant purple mustard can grow the same size as mature broccoli plants.
The dark purple leaves of this mustard is very striking in the garden.
Giant purple mustard starting to flower.
Flowers of the purple giant mustards attract bees into the garden.
Producing seed pods.
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