2011年5月19日木曜日

steamed broccoli

Who doesn't like steamed broccoli?

And zucchini?

What about Habanero chillies?

Who doesn't like it?

Me!


Yup, that's my broccoli crop. Steamed a bit too thoroughly a bit too early in the season. I feel slightly better about it now because a) I checked the seed packet and I am still just in the sowing season so I have replanted. And b)? well, this is kind of horrible and I really aren't taking comfort in someone else's misfortune but you see, the woman who makes tomato sauce with A and I every year runs a vegetable seedling company (she grows seedlings on consignment for customers. As in I'll have 2000 tomatoes and 1200 cucumbers please) and she lets A and I pick over the leggy, bolted and left over seedlings. It's a win win situation as she really loves her seedlings and hates throwing out the leftovers but can't possibly grow everything and we are cheapskates.

Well, we went down to check out what she had this year and there were no eggplants. None. This year's must have veg and she's sold out?

Nope.

She sauna-ed them. Hundreds of them. She looked like she was going to cry. She not only can't fill her orders (too late to re-plant) but she has to buy seedlings for her garden. That must really hurt. We commiserated and cursed the sudden hot weather together. Only my small losses shrank into insignificance in the face of what she had lost. So, yeah, if even the professionals have these issues I feel less stupid about my oversight induced steam-slaughtering.

No less sad but less stupid.

That's a start, right?

2 件のコメント:

Gina さんのコメント...

She lost her seedlings as well, because of the crazy up and down weather. I'm sorry to hear that. Both of you. : (

The weather has been rather dramatic lately hasn't it. Steaming hot one day and chilly and raining buckets the next. You know fwiw...yesterday morning my temp gauge said outside was 81 degrees F. And then around noon, it suddenly dropped and was 60 degrees F. How it could drop 20 or so odd degrees in that short of time. You sure got me. And then to add to that, then it rained buckets all afternoon and evening here yesterday.

This up and down weather has probably messed with even the most seasoned gardener. And I consider you to be one. ; ) I hope the weather starts to mellow out soon and not to go all the way from one extreme to the next. : )

Little Matt さんのコメント...

It sounds like you guys have been getting a taste of good old Melbourne weather.
Dress for summer and carry an umbrella.

Sorry to hear about the vegetable losses. Good luck with the next batch.

Love to you all.