|Brussell Sprout Seedlings|
I was reading Sweet Bean's blog and she's got a little thingy going (all you real experienced bloggers probably know the word 'meme' but I'm still new at this business so I'll call it a thingy) where you post at the start of the month about a garden project you're hoping to have happening for the following month. And then the next month you show everyone what's happened. She's calling it 'Hope Grows'. So I thought I might jump on board that one 'cos any motivation in the form of forced reporting back and potential public humiliation is bound to be helpful to me. I was raised Catholic - need I say more?
My last post was about the brassicas I'm planning on planting. Thanks for all your wonderful suggestions about how to deter the dreadful cabbage moth. Since that post last week I've done absolutely nought to prepare for them. In fact, I've been watching each morning as the teeny seedlings I've managed to grow near the upstairs window have progressively gotten a little bit droopier and a little bit leggier. And I've been reprimanding myself (See! More Catholic hangovers - self-flagellation, guilt) for not popping them into bigger pots or hardening them off and putting them in the veg patch or doing something with them.
Amongst the broccoli (love), cauliflower (use every week) and kale (never tried but know I'll like), I've also managed brussell sprouts. Now I can hear you all over blogworld "oh yucking". Who likes brussell sprouts, I hear you say. Are you demented, your monkeys won't eat brussell sprouts! Truth is I have no idea why I chose a packet of brussell sprout seeds. It could be that I was on a Diggers seed buying frenzy and purchasing online is still a novelty to me and so I popped it in the basket with other goodies without thinking about it too deeply. Could be I was deluding myself that I'd concoct some delicious, nutritious brussell sprouty meal that would have myself and my monkeys salivating. The fact is I'm not that keen on brussell sprouts. I don't loathe them like some I know, but I've not cooked much with them and have rarely bought them. I've never fed them to the little monkeys and Monkey Man does not like them but will eat them. Because for him food is fuel.
So, my hope for the month is to grow some brussell sprouts. Without the cabbage moths getting to them. And then to cook them up in some sort of meal that the little monkeys like. Perhaps I'm hoping for too much. Well the cooking bit is certainly optimistic because I know it'll take more than a month to grow a brussell sprout - I'll make that my hope for the following month. Or will it take longer? Not sure. OK so following the growing bit, my hope is that some time over autumn or winter I will make a meal with at least one brussell sprout in it that my monkeys will eat...without too much whining.