The joy of potting around in my kitchen taking care of the herbs made my excitement for growing vegetables grow as fast as my herbs. In the following weeks we bought growing boxes for the backyard. Money well spent if you ask me. It was too late to start from seeds so buying transplants from the local nursery was the way to go. A small potato yard was also on the plan.
Cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, celery, different types of cabbage, pak choi, Swiss chard and potatoes is what I planted.
The experiment went extremely well. I could hardly believe my eyes and taste buds.
My favourites were celery, cauliflower and potatoes.
The carrots were especially delicious. However, I thought I’d made a mistake cause they turned out to be small and round. I wondered if the soil wasn’t good enough so they hadn’t been able to grow properly. Fortunately that wasn’t the case.
When I posted a photo of my ‘mistake’ on Facebook a gardener told me they were supposed to be like that. It was a different species, called round Parisian carrots. Best carrots I’ve ever tasted so I’m definitely growing them again.
The bold, yet sweet, taste of celery was especially good for my green juices. It wasn’t as bitter as celery can sometimes be when bought from a store.
I love red potatoes and they’re apparently very healthy because of the thin, nutrient filled skins, which are loaded with fibre, B vitamins, iron and potassium. So that’s what I planted. Nothing beats the heavenly taste of potatoes that have just been harvested. This year I’d like the potato yard to be bigger.
The cauliflower was lovely to eat raw as well as roasted. To make it even better was a dip from fresh herbs.
Since the experience of growing vegetables last summer was so pleasurable a decision was made to buy a small greenhouse. It will arrive in April and I’m about to explode from excitement!
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