In the blandish, brown of the winter landscape, the vegetable garden provides many shades of green and sometimes a little something extra.
This year I'm growing that something extra in a purple cauliflower called Graffiti. Look at this fabulous color.
I bet Graffiti will look beautiful on a plate, since it retains it's purple color when cooked. Graffiti tastes like regular cauliflower, but with the added bonus of powerful antioxidants that come with purple vegetables. The heads seem a little smaller than the traditional white, so I'm giving this one more time to grow.
The traditional white cauliflower shown below is ready for harvest. The unseasonably warm weather we were experiencing only a few weeks ago wreaks havoc on cool season vegetables causing them to bolt prematurely. This cauliflower is a big improvement over my first two harvests which were not nearly as attractive as this specimen.
The warm temperatures of early December caused mixed results with broccoli this year. Some broccoli heads flowered prematurely like the one pictured below. The pretty little yellow flowers are favorites with the bees. At the end of the season, I'll let the broccoli flower for them, but it's a little too early for flowers at this point.
Some of my broccoli plants produced the largest heads I've ever pulled out of my garden. In the picture below the primary head has already been harvested, but the side shoots of this plant are as big as the primary heads on other plants. That means more yummy broccoli for soups, roasting and maybe some slaw.
I thought I was on my way to wonderful stand of carrots this year, but apparently some other creature thought the carrots looked pretty good as well. I'm guessing this is the work of a no good, wascally wabbit. Whatever ate my carrots also ate my celery plants along with some other choice produce along the edges of beds on the western side of my garden. Hmmm, I wonder what goes good with rabbit stew?
The Brussels Sprouts are coming along nicely. I should be harvesting some sprouts next month.
When little else in the landscape is adding new growth, it's a joy to see new shoots like the ones on this Dinosaur Kale.
The Red Russian Kale is not as vigorous as the Dinosaur Kale, but it's purple veins and oak leaf-like foliage are a pretty addition to the garden.
These last couple of years I've gotten into the habit of growing extra produce for "the girls". Chard, kale and cabbage are the menu today. Adding winter greens to their diet improves the quality of their eggs and they really seem to enjoy the treat.