Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a Hampshire garden. I've been growing veggies since I was knee high to a grasshopper. Some traditional varieties and old favourites as well as new ideas. I share my garden with my allotment assistant Daisy the Labrador. On Twitter as @MatronsVeggies

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Matron Doesn't Do Flowers!

I don't do flowers! You can't eat flowers! Well, here is the exception - we are in full flow down on the purple sprouting broccoli (PSB) patch. One day I pick a whole bag full, and then a few days later it is like I was never there, a whole load more appears. My magic broccoli! I really don't do any other brassicas because I have such a small patch I cannot afford to have something in the ground for almost a whole year. This must be the exception, I have been batting off slugs, pigeons, squirrels, dogs, caterpillars, slugs, whitefly and more caterpillars for a year. For next year I have just bought some extra early PSB called 'Rudolph' which should crop in January. In that case I will look forward to an extended season.


At 9:01 PM, Blogger Greenmantle said...

It looks magnificent Matron....all that delicious, iron laden, tasty goodness.

(I don't do no flowers neither!)


At 9:19 PM, Anonymous easygardener said...

Great stuff isn't it. Lovely taste. I agree brassicas take up a lot of space but sprouting broccoli is the one to grow if you can manage it.
I like the matching bowl!

At 9:32 PM, Blogger RobD said...

You should do flowers! It's good for attracting bees for pollination, looks good (esp. with daffs in early spring) and saves a fortune in florist bills - well it does for me ;>) Nice PSB though!

At 11:19 PM, Blogger Big Gaz said...

Yes, you can eat flowers :
Pot Marigolds
Squash flowers
Chive flowers etc etc !
There must be more ?



At 12:19 PM, Blogger Magic Cochin said...

Lovely PSB Matron!
Due to lack of planning (tsk!!!) I had only 2 very small PSB plants, we ate one last night and it was so delicious I've vowed to grow a mega crop for next spring - may need to dig another veg bed!


At 12:32 PM, Blogger Mrs Be said...

What a treat!Do you plant Rudolph ones now? Hmmm...something lovely to look forward to in January!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger Paul and Melanie said...

Wow, thats looks fantastic, I love PSB too! Is it easy to grow, I've got some seed I think so I'll have to look and see when to plant it.

At 7:31 AM, Anonymous TopVeg said...

Great photo of the PSB - ours is doing well,too. We suddenly seem to have lots of friends - as we have so much to give away!

At 8:02 AM, Blogger UKBob said...

Hiya Matron, I had terrible whitefly problems on my brassicas last year, how did you control the ones you had on your broccoli? Bob.

At 6:50 PM, Anonymous easygardener said...

Following up on my earlier post. Just to let you know I've left you an award on my blog.

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Well, you have already read on my blog that you can actually eat many flowers. Have you tried that soup yet? And how was the PSB?


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