Purple-sprouting broccoli update

So here’s a picture that I really don’t understand. Pigeons eat our broccoli – that I understand. They denude the entire leaves of the plant right down to the ribs, like feathery caterpillars – that I understand. But not eating the glorious purple florets – that I simply do not understand at all!

But there it is – having eaten the leaves, the pigeons appear to have buggered off and left the broccoli itself to us. This is the unprotected broccoli which I genuinely thought would not produce a crop at all – the broccoli in the cage is about five to seven days behind this stuff, and has all its leaves. Anyway, I’m grateful to the pigeons for leaving us this delicious feast.

And I was also wrong about the parsnips – we hadn’t eaten them all, we had two monsters lurking in the raised bed, so we lifted them yesterday and today we’re having them as part of a lamb stew cooked in the slow cooker – what a bonanza! And so, we're harvesting the last of the parsnips in the same week that I'm digging manure into the bed in which I'll be planting this year's parsnip seed - isn't that wonderful?

The ground is frozen though, so I don’t think we’ll get our spuds in until the weekend.

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Monday, March 8, 2010


Blogger Jo said...

It's good to get an unexpected harvest. It'll be a good few weeks before my spuds go in. It's lovely and sunny today but the ground is still frozen.

March 8, 2010 at 5:21 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

They haven't figured out the purple stuff is edible yet.

March 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger allot of veg said...

Manure in the parsnip bed - are you sure? I thought that made them fork?

March 8, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Anonymous Damo said...

Maybe the florets have a bitter taste to pigeons? It's funny how there's always a few parsnips lurking I found a rogue couple when digging up the bed the other day. Great how the cycle continues, digging the last winter veg before sowing again!

March 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM  
OpenID coffeeandapplepie said...

Just been Reading through ur posts feeling quite behind in everything! We have nothing on the go at the moment! Think tomorrow us mammoth Planting session!

Think it's the minus 5 EVERY morning at the moment that makes me not think about anting stuff!! Must be more organised... X

March 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Anonymous allotments4you said...

the broccoli looks wonderful...I really should go to the plot and check on mine!!

March 9, 2010 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

Jo, Damo, Tanya - thanks!

Paula - you could be right! Oddly a neighbour on the other side of the site (if you see what I mean by that) has had all the florets stripped from his brocoli, so perhaps our pigeons are a bit slower on the uptake ...

Allot of veg - quite right! Well spotted - what I actually dug into the bed was sand, but I've got manure on the brain right now, as I have to collect about ten wheelbarrows full to finish off the potato bed.

CoffeeandApplePie - if it's minus 5 you should be huddled under the duvet! Everything catches up in time, but I'm a natural-born panicker.

March 11, 2010 at 7:30 AM  

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