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 agesΒ to 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

8 Responses to “Brassicas brighten the darkest day”

  1. Belinda June 15, 2011 at 4:27 pm #

    Lovely pictures of you, the broccolli and J. I love Pot-luck, for some reason you eat food together that you would never normally combine in one meal, and yet it always works so beautifully πŸ™‚

    • L June 15, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

      Totally agree! I must confess though – being a savory person, I’m always too chicken to bring dessert, because I’m afraid everyone else will too, and I’ll be left without anything normal for dinner πŸ™‚

  2. Sara Aylett June 15, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    The risk of everyone bringing dessert is certainly heightened in my house!!! Broccoli looks good!!!

  3. everydayinthegarden June 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    Now there’s some happy faces. Super job on the broccoli and cauliflower girls. Chickie-boombah would do some crazy 8’s for some of those. Take care, Jodi

  4. Sarah June 15, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    That’s some impressive brocciflowers πŸ™‚

  5. The New Good Life June 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    Wow, they look fantastic. I’ve never had much luck with the brassica family. Out of the broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage I put in last year, I only managed to get the cabbage to maturity. I’ve only put in broccoli this year and it’s not looking too promising so far. We’ll see in time I guess. Enjoy the pot luck dinner, sounds like a great idea – everyone bringing dessert would be my idea of heaven.

  6. Asydfoodie June 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Looks good. My brocoli seedling is still that – a seedling, so I might have to move it to give it a chance.

  7. Leanne Cole June 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    Well done on the broccoli and cauliflower, looks fantastic.

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