O Frabjous Day

Calloo callay – my purple sprouting broccoli are sprouting. Actually, make that my purple sprouting broccoli is sprouting, because only one is, the rest are just, apparently, purple broccoli. It seems a rather meagre recompense for all the time spent planting, replanting, caterpillar picking and anxiously brushing snow off them all winter, but maybe the rest will catch up. We’ll see.

Apart from that, it’s all go in the vegetable patch as I’m desperately trying to keep up with the accelerated spring. The onion sets are in, I’ve chitted and planted more parsnips, my potatoes are chitting, my peas have germinated and the first eight broad bean seedlings are even now settling in under my proper grown up cloche. I’m starting off pretty much everything in pots which means some careful scheduling of the kitchen windowsill, the only spot in the house both warm and light enough to guarantee germination. I think I can get everything started in time, but it’s going to be a close run thing. Remind me, when I’m luxuriating in my freshly picked, delicious home grown vegetables, just how much work goes into them before there’s any reward.

It’s fashionable these days to want to be in the moment, savouring the here and now and not worrying about the future. But whoever it was who said ‘live your life as though each day was your last’ probably didn’t get much gardening done. But then, they probably also never spent a whole year anxiously nurturing a bed of broccoli plants in exchange for a single sprouting spear.

9 Responses to O Frabjous Day

  1. Lucy says:

    Oh stop stop stop! You’re making me feel guilty. I keep looking at the greenhouse thinking “I must get on with the planting” and then something else crops up. Nothing planted yet so definitely no sprouting here at all. I feel like a failure already!

  2. disgruntled says:

    hehe – it’ll probably all end up going horribly wrong, it usually does, so don’t worry!

  3. John Gibson says:

    can you eat caterpillar?

  4. Helen says:

    I’m still waiting for a replacement cover for my mini greenhouse – on order now at local garden centre.

  5. disgruntled says:

    John – I wish, we’d have had a monster harvest…
    Helen – no doubt it will arrive as soon as the need for it has passed.

  6. The PaperBoy says:

    Most importantly – is the 2010 spreadsheet up and running?

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