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Spring vegetable planting

October 12, 2012 | Filed under Growing vegetables

Sunday was warm and sunny so it was time to get out in the garden and clean up the raised beds ready for spring planting of lettuces, brassicas (cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage) and later this month when the cold nights have hopefully gone – tomatoes, zucchini, capsicums and aubergines.

I cleaned up the weeds that had grown in one of the raised beds and loosened the soil with a hoe.  Then I spread several barrow loads of home-made compost over the bed and raked it in. This took a while because the compost was a bit damp and lumpy.  When I had smoothed it out a bit, I planted a vegetable combo.

I can buy a punnet of 6 plants from our Garden Centre – 2 cauliflower, 2 broccoli and 2 cabbage.  That’s just fine for our household of 2 people.  I also planted some mixed lettuce plants. Now I need to use the beer trap to catch the slugs and snails before they devour my plants.


2 Responses to “Spring vegetable planting”

  1. Briar on November 12th, 2012 10:44 am

    Briar asks “What can I do with celery that has gone to seed? Can I cook with it still?”

  2. Judy on November 12th, 2012 10:58 am

    Celery tends to get rather stringy when it goes to seed. I don’t see any problem with cooking with it, though you will need to strip the stalks of the stringy bits. Do this by pulling off the stringy bits from the upper end of the stalk with a small sharp knife. As you slice the celery into cooking sizes, discard any more stringy bits.

    You can also gather the seed heads and dry the seeds and use them as seasoning. Leave the seed stalks to dry on the plant as long as possible, preferably until the stalks are brown and brittle. When they are completely dry, cut the stalks and tap the flowers over a shallow bowl to release the seeds. Transfer the seeds into a jar with a lid for storage. Celery seeds give a good celery flavour to savoury dishes when you don’t have access to fresh celery.

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