Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Asparagus- a warning

Warning: if you love your asparagus then don't convert your family to asparagus lovers too. It means you have to share and that they will eat the first of the season before they can even make it out of the vegetable garden.
For a long time I was on my own with the asparagus. The kids weren't keen to try it and Tim had only tried the canned variety which made him reluctant to even taste the fresh stuff. Now they all love it and it's my own fault because I just had to convert them.
I don't mind sharing really.

Another vegetable that has a tough time making it to the kitchen is the snow pea. It does make it tough to keep a tally of my harvest when I don't get a chance to weigh things. But, I'm not complaining, I can't think of a healthier way to snack.

No warnings necessary here. I am yet to convince anyone of the delights of Brussels sprouts. I love them and this year I have seven plants of two varieties (regular green and a ruby type) and they are all mine. Sometimes I am a selfish gardener.

At the beginning of the brassica growing season I had a few issues with cabbage moths and procrastinated a bit on what to do. In the end, I did nothing and things are looking good. I picked off as many grubs as I could and left things alone and it seems to have worked (this time). The moths in the garden this year had a penchant for the cabbages and Brussels sprouts but the broccoli and cauliflowers have been untouched. I hope I haven't jinxed myself and find a swarm (or whatever the correct collective noun is) of moths when I go out to pick for tonight's dinner.
I'm not sure what is on the menu tonight but I have some really good looking celery I want to use so I am thinking perhaps a simple soup with some homemade spelt bread.
I hope your garden is growing well.


shez said...

what a wonderful vegie garden you have Tracy we havent had any success with cabbages or cauli's except for this year hubby put a net over them and they are fantastic we have already had the cauli's and the cabbages are nearly ready.xx

Jan said...

Fresh asparagus is amazingly delicious.

Last Saturday on the ABC gardening program I was watching a tour of a wonderful vegetable garden. The owner had white butterflies sprinkled through all the brassica plants. Apparently it convinces the real butterflies that another was there before them About 3-4 centimetres across, made of cast off plastics like icecream containers etc. They don''t need to be works of art, just to resemble a butterfly. She said it worked well.

Sharon said...

I love asparagus I am yet to grow it though, its on my list of things to do.
Your veges look amazing

Fiona said...

I just love fresh asparagus.... I saw a gardener on abc this weekend who has her own way to rid of cabbage moths.... - about 2/3 of the way down in the article... thought you might find it interesting

Becky said...

Looks like you've had GREAT success with your garden!

africanaussie said...

My purple asparagus has lovely big fat spears, but the green ones are thin and spindly. I must admit that most of it is eaten right out in the garden too!

Kim said...

Oh I would love to grow asparagus so much!! I am thinking of putting in a mulched area in our bricked in beds - do you think it would grow there?