garden ponderings



I am a sucker for the little ones.
A local nursery had fall vegetable starts on sale.
Even though I am tired after a summer of weed-pulling,
I could not resist the chance to nurture these spindly young ones to maturity.
Pony-packs of cauliflower and broccoli came home with me.
They are supposed to bear in 60 to 90 days.
Which I interpret as home grown vegies by the holidays.
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After pruning the spent flower stalks from artichoke plants,
their many new starts could be seen.
Two stalk-stumps, one plant from earlier in summer and four new starts.
These artichoke plants are prolific.
My plan is to move a number of the larger artichoke plants
to the flower garden this winter.
I will learn whether or not they are deer-resistant.


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Garden Surprise

I wish all my garden surprises were as good as this one:

These photos were taken from opposite ends of a 30 foot
(just over 9 meters) planting bed.

The sunflowers are all volunteers from a couple of plants last year.
They were planted late, and never harvested.
I forgot all about the seeds multiplying!

Earlier this year, I planted broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts seedlings.
The sunflower shade is appreciated by the brassicas, and they are thriving.
I’ll have to remember that for next year.
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Amarinth is the red-flowering plant also growing in the brassica bed.
Last summer, I had many amarinth, and feared they would dominate this area by reseeding.  Surprise! it was the sunflowers that dominate.
If you are wondering, that is broccoli on the left, and brussels sprouts on the right of the amarinth.  Baby Romaine lettuce are bunched together behind it.

Broccoli Flowers

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Broccoli Flowers

These flowers are growing from a crop of winter broccoli. Perhaps it was the fickle spring weather this year that contributed to the short window of time edible broccoli buds were available and the proliferation of weeds in the gardens.

This year, I observed the strong resemblance among the flowers of broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts and probably all other cruciferous plant flowers. When I checked my dictionary for the spelling of cruciferous, I learned these plants are all in the mustard family. The last few years, I’ve been trying to purchase organic, non-hybrid broccoli plants, that might come true to seed. Time will tell if the seed will produce plants that will grow over the winter and produce broccoli florets next spring.