Our garden has been an interesting exercise this year. There is no doubt that our roses have been spectacular, and we have new buds coming on Peace and the Ancient Mariner.
Our carrots didn’t amount to anything, but our onions were brilliant, and I now have a picture for you of them all dried out and in the bag waiting to be used… 22.2 lbs of them.
When Hubby planted our ‘leafy veg’, he chose cabbage, cauliflower and swede.
The onion bed was shared with a row of cabbages and another row of cauliflowers….. except they weren’t.
Our first thought was that we had lost our cauli crop, but that didn’t explain what was growing in it place, which have turned out to be swedes. Hubby believed he had started those off in the greenhouse, and because they were getting too crowded, split the crop and put half a dozen outside, so we have two crops.
This has turned out to be our cauliflowers, and I noticed today that we have some flowery heads in some. I’m looking forward to harvesting those as I can make cauliflower cheese which I know Hubby can tolerate in his somewhat limited diet menu.
Today we decided to harvest our cabbages which have been looking very stocky though the outside leaves were a bit mangled thanks to butterflies laying their eggs on the underside despite us having netted the area. Next year we shall invest in a finer weave of net/mesh to thwart the little blighters!
Anyway, I have been running our freezer down thinking I’d have loads of cauliflowers as well as cabbages, but that is not the case and according to the experts, swedes are best left in the ground until needed. We have about 8!
We also have some very excited parsnips going nuts in the greenhouse so they will be harvested shortly and I expect I will freeze most of those.
A couple of weeks ago I was given some huge sticks of rhubarb, and thus promised a cabbage in exchange when it was ready. A dog walking friend has lost her entire crop of veg other than onions and tomatoes, so thinking we actually had a lot more than we did, I offered her one as well. Our neighbour likes cabbage but couldn’t eat a whole one, so we decided to split one between us.
These are the three we harvested today, and we have another that is coming along nicely for a later date. I boiled our half to go with our savoury slice and sauteed potatoes for lunch and it was delicious. I have enough left over to mix with mashed potatoes to fry in tatty cakes, and just have to decide what to put with it.