This year, we tried an experiment and planted a row in the vegetable garden with eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. I like to eat all of them, but could we make it grow? The plants are all growing well except for a little issue of bugs chewing on some of the leaves. But the broccoli took off on us and I don’t know what to do.
It seems to have gone straight to flower. I thought, maybe you have to wait a while until it turns into those nice compact bunches you find at the grocery store. I think not, though.
I watched a you-tube video where a guy cut that off and then harvested neat little bunches for dinner every night. I tried it, cutting off the whole flowering bush. As it turns out, the chickens really loved it and picked off all the little blossoms, leaving the stems. I am still waiting for that mini-harvest I saw on you-tube, though.
There are blossoms on the eggplant that look promising. The cauliflower has a dark little clump in the middle that doesn’t look too appetizing but maybe later. I see nothing that looks like brussels sprouts. I wonder if I did something wrong?
Last year I was unsuccessful at growing zucchini, of all things. I thought you couldn’t mess that up. The squashes withered away after each teased me with about three inches of growth. I think we concluded we had Powdery Mildew, but it was too late to treat it by that time.
This year, so far, it is a bumper crop. Here, you see two mounds of zucchini, a mound of cantaloupe, and hiding on the far end, cucumbers that have just started producing fruit. I have done nothing to prevent the mildew but so far I haven’t seen any. Maybe it is because we’ve had a very dry summer so far. I’ll have to remember to watch for that if we ever get some rain.