Sunday, May 01, 2016

BROCCOLI

we haven’t done a garden report for a while. we have some success to report.
now that’s a broccoli. bigger than most stuff at the store. way bigger than we have ever grown in earlier gardens. hand shown for scale.

preharvest picture. we were amazed when we saw this peeking out from the giant leaves. we ate it. it was delicious.
our raised beds when new on february ninth. filled with nice dirt. imported dirt from our local landscape supply place. you can read more in our first garden report from this house.


 the same beds now, 81 days later, from the other direction. gardener added for scale.

rain drops on a broccoli leaf in the morning sun, one of the delights of a garden.

24 comments:

  1. AND a song about broccoli? Garden's looking good!

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    1. thanks. you should here us sing about broccoli.

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  2. so exciting to have beautiful and healthy food just outside the door!

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    1. indeed. we love shopping in the garden

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  3. Great looking garden! The broccoli looks beautiful. Well, that's quite a transformation of your yard. Ya did good! :)

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    1. thanks. keeps me out of trouble.

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  4. Oh, man. Growing season is a little farther behind in these parts! No need to ask how does your garden grow--it's magnificent.
    Any interesting broccoli recipes? I live for your recipes!

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    1. we mostly sauce it with other veggies. oregano makes it italian. samba oelek and peanut butter makes it sorta asian.

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  5. Wow, all I can say is wow. I've tried with broccoli but insects get it. Your garden looks wonderful! Our garden is barely in as it's been so wet here. Raised beds might be something to consider with looser soil.

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    1. our "soil" is grey clay. very sticky. not easily amendable. raised beds and new dirt were the only way to grow stuff here.

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  6. Well done, Rog. You are outstanding in your field.

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  7. Absolutely love your garden. Wow! Also impressed with your broccoli. The biggest I ever produced was tennis ball size. Be proud.

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    1. we are always encouraged by seeing other gardens. hope we encourage you. all our previous broccoli were dwarfed by tennis ball. i'm trying not to stumble over my pride

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  8. Love your thriving North Coast vegetable garden. Congratulations on getting the broccoli prize!

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  9. i recommend Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades by Steve Solomon. it is more about oregon, hence the cascades in the title, but works well for our maritime climate. we can hear high surf at night.

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  10. wow your garden look amazing and is so far ahead of ours. We used raided beds also, we added sea soil as fertizer this year. I think we will cover it with leaf mulch this year also in the fall. I am really jealous of that brocalli!

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    1. we are some south of you. we recall the growing season in port townsend. what is sea soil? i've read about using seaweed.

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  11. That's nice looking broccoli. I used to like broccoli but these days I don't care for it much. That's probably because it's so hard to get decent fruits and vegetables here. Most everything is picked too early so it can be shipped. But I'll bet broccoli from your own garden beats store-bought any time.

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  12. stale unripe produce is terrible. we are fortunate to have a local coop that has excellent produce, much of it locally grown. ours does taste better

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  13. The beds are looking good! Very nice job building them roger.
    I LOVE broccoli and have had quite a bit yesterday and today. Yum! Unfortunately, I grew up hating it because my mom boiled the crap out of it. Yuck!

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  14. thanks. yeah that over boiled veggie thing didn't work for me either. we cook it to be a bit crunchy.

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