Posted: 26/04/2014 at 08:14
I grow very few brassicas now, but in the past I always sowed them in a seedbed in the veg patch. I found that they grew into sturdy seedlings and were ready to plant out at the same time as those started inside earlier by other gardeners - the only problem was slugs and pigeons - lots of sharp grit incorporated into the seedbed seemed to deter most of the slugs - beer traps got the others. Nets kept the pigeons off.
Most brassicas are hardy in the UK and prefer cooler temperatures rather than beng molly-coddled.