A Broccoli We Will Grow

Birdhouse Gourd

Birdhouse Gourd

We enjoyed cauliflower and broccoli at the table tonight, though neither of them came from my garden. I hope that changes soon. All the plants are looking healthy and perky from the recent rain. Last week I saw a green worm and what looked like eggs, but apparently a bird came along and had them for lunch. There isn’t a single trace of whatever it was, though chewed leaves are in abundance.

After a life of eating mostly from the grocery store, I get pretty excited at the prospect of real vegetables growing out back. I wasn’t raised eating either of these vegetables, but have grown to love them both. I prefer my broccoli steamed or in soup and my cauliflower raw.

The pair of birdhouse gourds are still hanging on, but it won’t be long now. I’ve seen some amazing examples of painted gourds on the web. Time to start pinning ideas.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and Cauliflower, November 9th

Broccoli and cauliflower

Broccoli and cauliflower, December 17th (six weeks later)

It looks like at least one of the radishes survived the kitty onslaught, or it could be an herb that I don’t yet recognize.  I love the mystery of it all.  And yes, those are pumpkin plants in the lower box, a self-seeded crop growing away in mid-December.  Go figure?

10 thoughts on “A Broccoli We Will Grow

  1. You love the mystery of it all and I love your passion! It all look gorgeous, those staggered and raised planter boxes are the cats meow. I can’t wait to see what you do with the Birdhouse gourds. I was thinking about what kind of vegetables got served up when we were kids. I was such a picky eater. I do remember loving carrots though. My grandpa had a giant garden in his yard, it was a vegetable Palooza every other weekend when we’d visit him. Lots of Carrots, Potatoes, Peas and green beans, which I hated then but love now. I don’t think we ever tried broccoli or cauliflower but I know someone who grows it here, very well. I need to check into that community garden soon…I can walk there and it would be so fun.

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