Our donor acquired these seeds from a guest speaker at his local gardening club. The speaker, Mr Lockwood, was in his 80s and has given up his allotment after years of saving his own seed. Sow in March under glass for an August/September harvest. Bradford Bomb is a compact white cabbage and great for showing. As Mr Lockwood was a judge at local horticultural shows we should probably take his word for it!
Named after the locality in which it is thought to have originated, Silsden, nr Keighley, Yorkshire. Said to have been bred by Jonnie Watson, an old gardener from the town; our donor acquired it in 1980 from “a chap” who had grown it for 12 years. Only one of his seeds germinated, but since then seeds of the variety have been saved and shared around the whole district! Apparently all of the horticultural show growers wanted it; our donor has won first prize with his specimens. Sow this summer cabbage in March and the small heads with distinctive white-veined, blue-green leaves will begin to develop in July.
Donated to HSL by Horticultural Research Institute, Wellesbourne, now Warwick HRI. Webbs' 1952 catalogue described it as follows, “Heads of this excellent variety are globular, very solid, of good size and finest quality. It is exceedingly early, compact in habit of growth and perfectly distinct.” We hope that you agree! We would suggest sowing this one in spring for an autumn harvest.