Monday, July 13, 2009

I grew this!

I've been meaning to write a garden update for a long time. It's growing strong and I've learned some new lessons (namely, that squash plants grow really big and shade everything else. Actually I learned that last year but this year it has really sunk in!) We've eaten a crop of radishes and a crop of sugar snap peas so far.
This is my first head of broccoli. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable and we eat a lot of it in my house-- mostly just roasted in the toaster or regular oven with olive oil, salt and pepper. Sometimes with a little lemon or soy sauce. Everyone likes it but Alex. Considering we rarely all eat the same thing in this house, 3 out of 4 people is an accomplishment.
The main reason I wanted to grow broccoli is that I didn't know what it looked like when it grew. Is it a big tree or bush with lots of broccoli heads on it? Or does it just come out of the ground like asparagus? Actually, it's sort of a combination-- a big plant with lots of leaves and one head of broccoli in the middle. I'll post of a picture of it when I get to that garden post.
Anyway, growing this one head of broccoli felt like an accomplishment. I had heard rumors of pests attacking, like slugs or something. I had no problem with that but I will say the other head of broccoli isn't growing quite as well. Either way, it's broccoli for dinner tonight!


Meg said...


How did you cook it up?

Nikki said...

I simply roasted it so I could taste it in all it's glory. It was delicious. I have three or four heads from our CSA as well and I think I'm going to serve some of those up tonight. Can't get enough broccoli. My 5 year old kept sneaking out of her chair to steal the broccoli from our bowl after she finished hers.

Holly said...

Awesome! I'm looking forward to doing this next year. Roasted broccoli with lemon, basil, and parmesan is one of the few veggies Poppy will eat willingly.

Meg said...

You know you're doing something right when your kids starts stealing broccoli from your bowl!