Monday, April 11, 2016

We Finally Have Purple Broccoli!

Yesterday, as the Hubby was trying to get that stupid 6 foot deer fence taut (it is not as easy to do as you'd think), I took a stroll around the garden.  As usual, onions, onions everywhere.  Funny-ish story, I ran out of onions the other day and was irritated I had to stop at the store on my way home from work.  I'm an idiot.  I should've just walked into the backyard...yeesh.

The kale is doing well, no sign of bugs.  Yet.

Next to the kale, is a plant that also survived the winter.  I haven't had a clue what it is.  Then as I peered down at it, I saw it...a purple head of broccoli!

I am not sure if it's a Purple of Sicily cauliflower, but I'm pretty sure it's an Early Purple Sprouting Broccoli.  I think.  Whatever it is, I'm excited.  Perhaps, the key to growing these is to start them in the winter, so I can put them out in our mini-greenhouse very early in the year.  

I started new broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and brussel sprouts seeds last month, and instead of leaving them inside to sprout, I left them out in the greenhouse so they'd get exposure to the cold weather. Hopefully, between this method plus my new sprayer, (knock on wood) it'll be a more successful year for my brassica family plants.

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