The Great Broccoli Shortage of 2011

Broccoli in happier times

It’s not exactly the Great Dwarf Shortage of 1993, but I was somewhat comforted to catch this on the radio yesterday* as I thought it was only me having a broccoli-related disaster. Last year, the crop was slow to get going but once it started it did us proud. This year, well, I thought they had probably survived the frost but it turns out that all but two had been salvaged from an icy death only to be so battered by the wind that they were  reduced to a vaguely cabbage-scented mush. I’ve left the stems just in case they feel like resprouting but I’m not hopeful.

Brassicas aside, it’s been a good season overall (and at this point I would have been able to tell you exactly how good it’s been, down to the last gram or penny, had I not dropped my laptop) but it’s now almost over. Pending any miraculous resurrections, we’re down to one remaining giant parsnip and my crop of midget leeks. And then it’s out with the old, in with the new and roll on the spring planting.

That’s the joy of gardening: there’s always next year…

*and be sure to listen to the end where the farmer gives a masterclass in how to handle an awkward question by answering the one you wish you’d been asked instead while preventing the presenter from getting a word in edgeways or shutting you up. Magnificent.

8 Responses to The Great Broccoli Shortage of 2011

  1. Kirsten says:

    It’s too bad about the broccoli — I don’t have any either. But my peas (sweet, snap & shelling) have started life now, and so begins the garden.

  2. disgruntled says:

    Oh, don’t make me panic about how behind I am. Haven’t even started my broad beans yet

  3. John Gibson says:

    Our cat eats broccoli.
    John

  4. disgruntled says:

    there’s no accounting for cats

  5. WOL says:

    I went on a tear Thurs and cleaned up my front yard, worked in the beds, had glorious weather for it (81F/27C for a high, put in about 6 hours of work and woke up Fri with all my bending over muscles very stiff and sore! Took four large (20 gal) bins full of “tree trash” — twigs, excess leaves, etc to the collection bin. Accomplished perhaps 1/8th of what needed doing. Haven’t even touched the back yard yet. It’ll be 2 March before I can get out again, though.

  6. disgruntled says:

    We won’t see temperatures like that till June, if then…

  7. Ross Angus says:

    I, for one, look forward to your next thriller: set in the cut-throat world of domestic gardening. Suggested title: “A rake’s progress”.

  8. […] in other news, look! Two lone survivors from the broccoli patch have started flowering. I don’t think we’re looking at a glut […]

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