Those ain’t cauliflowers…………….

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.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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17 Responses to Those ain’t cauliflowers…………….

  1. willowdot21 says:

    The crop looks absolutely stupendous 💜💜

  2. My mom had a very nice vegetable garden when I was little. I loved those fresh-picked green beans, corn, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, beets, etc. (she had pretty much everything!). Alas, I didn’t inherit her green thumb nor her energy, and the one time I did try to grow green beans, the bunnies and squirrels ate the sprouts as soon as they appeared. We also tried to plant maple trees from the seeds. They took off beautifully in the pots, but when transplanted the squirrels ate every one of them – even though we put little plastic cages around each little tree. After that, we gave up trying to grow anything other than grass and weeds.

    • I sympathise. Our carrots were pants this year, and our green beans also a dead loss, the same as last year. Onions we seem to have a knack for though.

  3. Sadje says:

    A good haul

  4. Carol anne says:

    awesome you’ve got so many vegetables! How exciting! You’ll be cooking for a while!

  5. Maggie says:

    Gardening is such an experiment for us. We had cabbage and broccoli last winter. Our tomatoes are doing great but forget peas and beans. Even our cucumbers were a sad disappointment this year.

  6. murisopsis says:

    We are having a bumper crop of green beans – thanks to the mushroom compost! The cherry tomatoes are coming faster than they can be eaten (or harvested)! we are over run with kale and arugula. Sadly the spinach likes cooler weather and with the heat it is not doing well despite being slightly shaded. At least we got a first harvest… It is nice to share with neighbors… I hope your swedes do well!

    • We seem to be doing very well at the moment. Have some new spuds to plant up when we’ve made a space and a tomato plant has suddenly tunred up in the middle of the spud patch!

  7. Jen Goldie says:

    Wow! Excellent crop!

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