Plot 15c is very slowly getting ready for the growing year ahead with only one exception… the purple sprouting broccoli. It’s been happily growing away since sowing the seeds a year ago and it’s the last remaining crop on the allotment.
I’ve been harvesting the odd centre spear here and there to encourage side shoot growth and it’s worked a treat. Since then I’ve been keeping a close eye on them and today was the day that I headed up the allotment with my trusty trug to harvest a handful of spears for our supper. There is so much growth on all 8 of my plants and it looks like we’ll be eating purple sprouting for the next month! Good job too because it was the most delicious broccoli I have ever tasted, you just can’t beat homegrown.
Purple sprouting has always been one of those risky crops, my Dad grew it a couple of years ago and afterwards said that he wouldn’t grow it again because of it’s extra long growing season. However, I am so glad that I gave it a try and that it proved rather successful, so much in fact that I’ll be growing it again this year. Yes, it takes a long time to grow but it is all completely worth it in the end, the taste of homegrown purple sprouting is simply delicious and it’s great to be harvesting crops in depths of March.
What’s that saying again? ‘Good things come to those who wait.’ And they certainly do!