Redcliffe Pier

Friday, September 16, 2011

BROCCOLI FOR DINNER

I've enjoyed gardening for many years but I have only recently tried my hand at growing useful stuff like vegetables and herbs. We haven't been very successful but we are pleased with our latest effort.
Unfortunately, when we were on holidays some of these lovely heads went to seed even though I told the neighbour to help herself. Anyway they are still shooting out little ones which are very tasty.

Next to the veggie patch the lavender is blooming although I lost a lot of lavender plants in the winter not sure why. Maybe a problem with the soil. Does anyone have any suggestions?

24 comments:

  1. it will taste wonderful coz it's home grown. love the lavender. mine is nice at the moment too.

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  2. Lavender loves good drainage and dies when it gets 'wet feet'. Same with Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Oregano. Broccoli looks wonderful, it's great raw too.

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  3. I learn something new every single day on blog land, i did not know broccoli goes to seed like this, have never seen it growing, daddy farmed our food but not broccoli. thanks for the info.

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  4. Didn't like broccoli once, love it now.
    Lavenders do not like wet feet for too long. They don't like heavy pruning either, and occasionally they just die, there would be a reason. You often find that little lavenders will be growing around the main dead one sometimes....that all comes from my Professional husband :)

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  5. That's nice you can still pick from the broccoli.
    Our lavender died and yet, two years' later there are still little lavender seedlings popping up in the vicinity - just as Whiteangel mentioned above.

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  6. No suggestions as I am not a gardener but hurray for you to grow your own broccoli! Does it taste fresher? Better? more yummy? I bet it does. Love veggies (which is good since I'm vegetarian!) so gorwing your own would be just that much better!

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  7. I don't eat Broccoli but I like the creamy broccoli soup.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  8. Glad you are able to reap some rewards from your hard work in your garden. I love broccoli too. I love the scent of lavender. Hope you get the situation sorted out so no more plants die.

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  9. No help -- but the broccoli looks good! The small baby broccoli is more expensive at the Farmer's Market here. I guess it's the same as what you have now.

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  10. Gardening is good for the soul, the waistline and apparently for the brain as well. Have a good week!

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  11. Lucky you! Both the family hamster and we are in love with broccoli. Have a good weekend!

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  12. I love how you can keep picking brocooli shoots for weeks, or months!! My partner loathed it until we grew it ourselves, and realised it tasted 1,000,000 times better than what we bought!!

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  13. We grew broccoli once and it didn't form a lovely head like this, just strangly tall bits. Tasted OK though.

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  14. I love fresh broccoli but I have never had any luck growing it. Too bad some of it went to seed.

    I think someone has already mentioned it but lavender doesn't like to be too wet. That's about all I know about it.

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  15. Diane as broccoli from the shops is such a heavily sprayed crop, it is wonderfiul that you are growing your own. Enjoy!
    Enjoy your lavender, just like the bees. Definitely does not like wet feet. If you cut it back by about two thirds you may be surprised at the results.

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  16. I agree with one of your commenters. I think Lavender does not like wet feet at all.

    I dont have enough space for veggies AND flowers. But I hope to have two more hanging baskets of herbs: coriander and basil.

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  17. How fabulous to have vege from the garden. Can't help you with lavender I am afraid.

    p/s. Re your question - I am in San Francisco on holiday - while my husband is working :).

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  18. I never comment on blogs and I must say I thoroughly enjoy yours. I am slightly confused, did I see something on your blog where you announced that you were going to be grandparents again?

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  19. Did your lavender get wet feet? They HATE being in wet. Sounds llike a drainage problem to me. But, then, hey! What do I know? I'm clear over here (in Mexico at the moment), not in your neck of the woods at all. But it does sound like wet feet.

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  20. My granddaughters would love the broccoli. As a matter of fact, little Lily saw sedum growing in their flower bed this summer and said look Mommy broccoli. We had to explain it wasn't.
    I've never grown lavender so I can't help but it looks like a lot of your readers do. Hope their advice works for you.

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  21. Broccoli yummo! When Jez was little we told him they were baby trees and he's eaten them happily even when other kids go "GROSS! How can you DO that?"

    Lavenders won't like soggy clay, or being cut back too hard to the woody bits. They grow like weeds here in the lime sandy dry heat of the West.

    Can't keep up with the garden at the moment -everything is growing at break neck speed.

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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  22. Anonymous, who ever you are, I had to pull that post off because naughty grandma didn't ask permission to release the news. I must wait until after the 12 week all okay test results.

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  23. Lavender!
    Strange that it doesn't grow in your hillside garden, it shouldn't be worried about drainage!
    Furthermore and even stranger, the stuff is growing in Danish and Swiss like window boxes in the new complex on Sandgate road - must like car fumes????? These are subjected to plenty of sun and even stranger the plants have survived the "ferals"????
    I remembered this blog update this morning when I passed by the boxes.
    I can't grow parsley or mint - takes obviously one look at me and dies - very distressing! So if any of these commenters have any luck with mint and parsley please pass it on to me.
    Have fun in WA and SA, I hope that you and Bill can get some great video photos at Monkey Mia, you frolicking with the dolphins????
    Musical suggestion: "By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea"!
    Aka - "Some Like It Hot".
    Have fun
    Colin

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  24. Your broccoli looks delicious, one of my favorite veggies. I would love to grow lavender, maybe next year.

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