New veg on the block

Each year we like to try growing some new veggies. This year we’ve added kohlrabi and okra to our list. The kohlrabi came to us in the form of excess seedlings from our friend M; the okra we’ve grown from seed.

The kohlrabi is a member of the cabbage family and tastes, well, pretty much like cabbage. Unlike the more familiar members of this family it forms a swollen stem which is the part you eat.

Kohlrabi

This week we’ve cooked it in the juices of a very tasty rabbit stew. We’ve also grated it for coleslaw which is certainly a lot less fiddly than finely slicing cabbage. Of course this plant does have that other characteristic I like so much – its purple and green colour combination!

Speaking of which our purple Sicilian Broccoli has finally come to a head, which is good news given my concerns a month ago with it being eaten by our local possum.

Sicilian_broccoli

While growing broccoli isn’t a new thing for us this is the first time I’ve grown this particular variety. I’m not sure that I’ll be breaking my neck to grow it again. I’m thinking that I get a much greater amount to eat from the same number of purple sprouting broccoli plants as I do from this variety. Oh well, live and learn.

Last but not least we have decided to try and grow okra this year. We made rather a pathetic attempt to grow it several years ago which resulted in one pathetic seedling that could barely hold itself up, let alone produce any pods.

Okra

I’m hoping for better things this time around. We’ve planted two varieties, Clemson’s Spineless and Burgundy. The picture is of a Burgundy seedling. We had a much better strike rate with the Burgundy seedss, but now they are in the ground there doesn’t seem to be much between them. Another experiment to watch and hope for a better result this time around.

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