Monday, March 13

Surprise, surprise

For one reason or another it was a week since our last visit to the plot and so we were a little surprised to find that we had four cauliflowers ready for cutting. To be honest the heads were a little beyond ready but not so far that they were really spoiled.
We then thought that we would try our luck with the PSB. We were not very optimistic as the plants hadn't grown very well. Our pessimism was well found as there was only one very small spear which to add insult to injury had already been browsed by a slug. There were a few tiny spears to come so maybe we will manage a small helping.
We picked the single spear anyway and added it to the cauliflowers. We would only have a tiny taste but that was better than nothing
Our early rhubarb was far more productive.
Martyn picked a few stems to bring home.
Just for a change I have put together a short video of our harvest.
Martyn put together a more comprehensive film showing Saturday's plot activity which can be viewed on his blog here.

Meanwhile back in the garden our mini daffodils are now providing a colourful display.

There are four different varieties of daffodil in the front garden that usually flower at slightly different times. This year three of the varieties, some small tulips and crocuses are flowering together and providing a lovely display.

The daffodils around the bird bath are in flower too. 

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


Now  digression especially for anyone living in the Wakefield area. 
Waiting for an allotment?
I've been to our plot today at Green Lane in Horbury and it seems a few people have either given up or are going to give up their plot. As far as I am aware there is no waiting list so it may be worth giving the allotments' officer a ring and seeing if a plot is available or going on the waiting list for when those clearing their plots give official notice

Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

22 comments:

  1. I love purple sprouting broccoli. One year we had so much we could have eaten it for three meals a day, plus snacks for about six week! So much of the stuff we couldn't even give it away.
    Great to see you are still harvesting and your daffodils are very pretty to brighten the gloomy days we've had lately.

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    1. We used to great it really successfully, Deborah but for a couple of years for some reason it seems beyond us.

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  2. Hi, Sue, now I am not a vegetable grower, but I am totally surprised that you were able to harvest cauliflower already. The purple broccoli looks so cool. I didn't even know that there was purple broccoli out there!
    Your spring bloomers in the garden are really beautiful. The photo of the bird bath surrounded by the daffodils and crocuses is absolutely magazine worthy!
    I truly enjoyed seeing the video!
    Warm regards from Southern California,
    Christina

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    1. Hi Christina and welcome. The cauliflowers were planted last autumn and so should be ready now. We are just hoping that the broccoli will produce more shoots.

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  3. That cauliflower looks amazing to me. That's one challenging veg that I haven't tried growing yet, but I will tackle it someday. And all those spring flowers - they just seem to say "Spring is here".

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    1. We seem to do OK with cauliflowers, Margaret - I hope that isn't tempting fate.

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  4. Well, the cauliflower was a nice surprise even if the PSB wasn't. That rhubarb is amazing, ours hasn't even popped up yet.

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    1. That is an early variety of rhubarb, Dave. Other varieties are just in 'bud'.

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  5. Very impressed you got the caulis, they look yummy. I've never had much success with them so haven't tried for a while.

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    1. Those and sprouts were our most succeasful brassicas, Lou.

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  6. Good colly!! I tried them once, they looked like bugs had dug Tom, Dick and Harry through them! Impressive, hope it tastes good.

    Dicky

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  7. I am so impressed with your plot's production. That cauliflower looks tasty. It is nice to see flowers. We have a few more months before that happens here.

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    1. When the flowers do bloom it will be all the more enjoyable, Bonnie.

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  8. Although it's only a little sprout, but so striking. PSB is one on my plant list.

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    1. I'm hoping that one day we will manage a good crop of PSB, Endah.

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  9. That sure is one handsome cauli in the video, which I enjoyed! At least you had a taste of the psb....the abundant rhubarb certainly makes up for it.
    Your spring borders are just lovely.xxx

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    1. I'm glad that you enjoyed the video, Dina - I'm planning a few more. People can always ignore them if they are not interested. Martyn does a lot of video editing but up until now I have posted mostly still photos.

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  10. The last time I grew PSB it was quite late in the spring when it started producing, but when it started it was very good.

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    1. There's hope yet then, Brian.

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  11. That's a nice surprise finding four cauliflowers ready to go. I love seeing your big patch of early rhubarb.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it Phuong

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