A cauliflower in the sunshine. I’d convinced myself I couldn’t grow cauliflowers, but it looks as if I was wrong. And sunshine – well if you’re in Wellington you’ll know all about that. I’ve been diligent at re-spraying them each time it rains with a mixture of Bio-gro approved ‘Dipel’ and EM. I’ve used a hand-mister as the spray is finer than a bigger sprayer and I haven’t used anything to make it stick but it has worked well against the cabbage white butterflies. This is the variety ‘All year round’ sown at the beginning of September.
I’ve dug potatoes and the first few heads of garlic this week. Hmmm – I can feel a pot of ‘aloo gobi’ is in order, based on my recipe for ‘saag aloo‘ (spinach with potatoes).
I’ve thinned carrots and beetroot sown on New Year’s day – great germination and not many weeds. If you want the same, come and get some tips on the fresh food garden course. It’s an ideal time to start preparations for your winter garden. Last two courses of the season are on Saturday 30 January and 13 February 2010.
Anna Quindlen’s ‘Blessings‘ made a welcome holiday read and I’ve been devouring ‘Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives‘, not least to find out the world’s funniest joke. Some of the runners up are great too.