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Brassicas brighten the darkest day

15 Jun

It has rained in Sydney. Then rained some more. It’s lovely not to have to water the garden, but the leaking roof is a bit less convenient. This leaking roof also happens to be covering the ceiling we just gyprocked, so on the convenience scale it rates up there with speeding tickets and nits.

First Cauliflower

On the bright side, my broccoli and cauliflower have come into harvest. We’ve been picking broccoli all this week, and my first cauliflower was ready today. They have gone from tiny things to large heads in a really short space of time. They seem to take ages┬áto start forming heads, then *poof* they’re ready.

Us with broccoli

We have a pot luck dinner with our bible study group tonight, so J and I went out to pick some broccoli and cauliflower this afternoon in preparation for some au gratin to take along. Pot luck is such fun – I love the element of risk – the danger that everyone might bring dessert (not such a risk really).

New tiny plantings in the broccoli hole

After I cut the heads, I pulled out the plants entirely, and off to the compost they will go. I know they would send out side shoots, but space is at a premium in the front bed. They left pretty large holes, so in went some replacement seedlings immediately. I have some Broccoli de cicco and some pak choy in the greenhouse, so I’ve put them in. They seem so tiny in comparison to the huge plants they replaced.

I hope that they grow fast enough to harvest before I want to put the summer veggies in in late August.

J with broccoli