Monday, March 20

Daffodils and rhubarb

Thursday 16 March
We managed to find a few sprigs of purple sprouting broccoli - PSB and a few leaves of kale. Most people seem to be having a bit of a glut with PSB but for us it is a delicacy. A couple of years ago we fell out of love with these two as they always seemed to fall foul of whitefly infestation which made harvesting and preparation for cooking unpleasant. We covered brassicas with enviromesh last season which seems to have kept the whitefly at bay and this has provided the impetus to try harder with them this year.
We just have one patch of daffodils on the plot that are grown for cutting and last week they decided to burst into bloom. The problem is that all the flowers have decided to open at once so our house is now filled with daffodil perfume.
Sunday 19 March
The Brussels sprout have done really well this year but I think last week's pickings will be the last. There are some small sprouts at the top of plants but I can't see them amounting to much.

Like the PSB and kale, the winter cabbage hasn't really performed well, however, some small cabbages are almost ready. We picked a small Savoy type - Traviata - last week.

At least at this time of year the rhubarb can be relied on to provide us with something to pick.


I'm linking this post to Harvest Monday over at Dave's blog 




26 comments:

  1. Bet those are the tastiest Brussels Sprouts and cabbage. Your daffodils just made my morning. Mine were budding and are now covered with over 20" of snow.

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    1. In the past we have had snow and daffodils together, Norma but I'm hoping not this year.

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  2. My daffodils are over, not that I have that many now. It is a lovely sight to see them on your page on the Spring Equinox!

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed them, Deborah

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  3. You're picking rhubarb already! I am beyond envy. The savoy cabbage looks good too.

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    1. It's an early variety, Sarah. The cabbage was only a small one.

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  4. Our daffodils are late this year. I've only seen one bloom so far. Cabbage and brussels sprouts look delicious!

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    1. The cabbage is no more, Jenni we had it for dinner.

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  5. I agree with Norma, I bet those sprouts and cabbage were tasty. My winter cabbage didn't make it. I guess it needs more protection, like in a cold frame.

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    1. Many of our winter greens failed, Dave. The sprouts and cauliflowers fared the best.

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  6. Hello. Beautiful orchad and garden, mix of flowers and cabbages. Nice blog. Greetings from Galicia.

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    1. Good to hear from you Tania. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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  7. My sprouts kept "blowing ", more like a rose than a sprout . I was happy to eat them but husband didn't like so I stopped growing them . maybe I'll give them another go. which variety did you grow ? :)

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    1. Sprouts need a firm soil, Debs. We grow Crispus as it is a club root resistant variety

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  8. I really should get my butt up the plot and see what's going on but sadly our weather has turned again....maybe tomorrow I will get a chance to soak if I have any pickings!!

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    1. It hasn't been too good here today either, Tanya

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  9. Your sprouts seem to have done really well this year. And it's wonderful that you're getting rhubarb so early. Our garden is north facing, so we probably don't get enough sun for fall/winter brassica crops.

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    1. We have a few different varieties of rhubarb, Phuong. These stems are from an early one. Some of our other varieties are still in 'bud'.

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  10. Rhubarb already Sue - what's your secret? Mine is still most definitely on the short side. Those daffodils must be providing you with both pleasure as well as scent.

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    1. No secret, Anna it's just an early variety

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  11. I pulled some forced rhubarb for the first time this week. I haven't grown it for years. I think Savoy cabbage are a wonderful hardy veg.

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    1. Ours are very small for savoys, Brian.

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  12. Oh....rhubarb!Yum! My winter cabbages didn't come to much either, I've just pulled and composted most of them. Love the daffs.xxx

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    1. I wonder why cabbages didn't do very well last year, Dina.

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  13. I harvested the last kale leaves for some nice oven baked chips few days ago. It is getting ready to flower now.

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    1. I've never had kale crisps, Aga

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