Harvesting Beautiful Broccoli

Oh broccoli, you know I love you.  It might be the way I look at you, or the way I touch every single plant before I leave the garden for the day, or maybe it’s the broccoli stories I tell you so know you can grow big and strong.   I hope you know how much happiness you cause us.  Every single year you start out as a little seed and then you grow slowly.. and then BOOM you’re a giant plant producing broccoli heads larger than my entire hand.  

Remember when you were just little guys growing in our loft under a light?
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And now look at you, you’re all grown up!
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Let’s look back on the broccoli…

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I remember your first day where you were transplanted outside.  It was a chilly and wet day, but you were brave!

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You lived under the greenhouse, but we’d open it often to give you a little hello.  You were growing slowly.  

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Each week it seemed like you were getting bigger and bigger.  But it was still cold out, so you were still under the green house.  I bet it was scary at night for you.

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And then when the weather slowly started to change, we knew you could do it, so we took the green house off you.  You smiled, it was a brave new world in front of you!

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You saw everything new around you, there were other plants, a big open roof, airplanes flying by and 2 people staring at you lovingly.

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A few weeks later after every single day looking to see what was going on at the bottom of your plant, I spotted it.  You guys were growing heads!

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And for the next few weeks your heads continued to grow slowly…

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Every single plant had a head growing now…

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And bigger and bigger you grew..

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Until suddenly you were giant! You grew so big, so strong, so perfect.

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Every single one of you (and your brothers not pictured to the side) grew beautifully. 

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We would stand back at admire every single one of you. I would sing you songs, you would cringe, it’s ok.

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So as you each grew ready, we picked you.  We danced with you, we hugged, we told you we loved you!

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Some days there were so many of you the basket couldn’t even hold you.  So instead I carried you in my arms.

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It was beautiful days we spent together.

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You met some other friends like the onions and radishes.  

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And as you came back down to the loft where you were born at, we continued to admire you.  

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You pretty perfect broccoli guys.

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Your stems and leaves were composted to be put back into the garden.  You guys just keep giving. 

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Your florets were perfect.

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How do you do it broccoli, how do you win our hearts every year?

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I hold you in my hands and give you a little kiss on your head.  And then I eat you.  But that’s because I love you.  You know this.

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And as we continued to eat you fresh, steamed, in casseroles, in stir fries, in soups (so many recipes coming soon!)… we continue to think you’re perfect.  You just are.

Thanks for the memories broccoli.  You guys rule.

 

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Comments
  1. Wow, your broccoli is gorgeous! I can only imagine how rewarding it must feel to harvest all of that. Do you grow for yourself or do you sell any of it?

    • Pamela

      Thanks Sarah! It’s super yummy, we grow for ourselves and give to friends. :)

  2. I seriously admire your green thumbiness. I kill veggies I buy at the store like, the next day. Haha.

    And the third picture from the bottom–INSANE. Stunning!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Hayley!

  3. gotasté

    This is one of the best food around. How I wish I am living near you :-) I mostly get China produce over here…

    • Pamela

      I agree, I love broccoli. I will eat some in your honor!

  4. Sues

    Wow, how perfect is this??? I wish I was your neighbor! :)

    • Pamela

      Hahaha, aw, thanks! :)

  5. Can I live with you…seriously though I want your broccoli garden!

    • Pamela

      Hahaha, ok, but you have to live in the storage closet with the cat food. :)

  6. Gloria @ Simply Gloria

    Those sure are pretty perfect broccoli guys! You do such an amazing job with gardening…I’m such in awe!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Gloria! The broccoli thanks you too. :)

  7. Wow! Seriously impressive. And you’re really just too funny :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kelly!

  8. Your broccoli look so beautiful – amazing gardening skills girl :) I love broccoli and can’t wait to see your recipes soon :)

    • Pamela

      Thanks Kelly, can’t wait to share. :)

  9. Miss Messy

    how lovely! looks brilliant. Congrats!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Miss Messy (I love your name!).

  10. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    Beautiful broccoli! You are so good at this Pamela. I’m always amazed at what comes out of your garden. And your photos are just stunning!

    • Pamela

      Thanks a bunch Anne!

  11. Pam

    Awesome! You inspire me to start my own garden.

  12. Jamie G

    Impressive broccoli! I love seeing your garden updates. :)

    • Pamela

      I’m glad you like them Jamie.. more coming soon! :)

  13. I would love to be able to grow broccoli this beautiful! It looks incredible, Pamela!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Georgia! :)

  14. Natalie

    So awesome! I would love to grow my own broccoli.

    • Pamela

      It’s lots of fun Natalie. :)

  15. Mr. & Mrs. P

    Thanks for stopping by our blog… Love your blog.. Just added it to our feed. Looking forward to your posts..

    We grew broccoli but ours wasn’t as big or as nice as yours.. ours just wanted to bloom.. =(

    • Pamela

      As soon as it gets too hot here ours wants to flower. :( Thankfully they were able to grow heads before that… but it’s always tricky with the weather!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

  16. Sophie33

    What a beautiful & big amount of Fresh broccolis to harvest. great! they look superb too!

    • Pamela

      Thanks Sophie, a broccoli harvest makes me a happy girl. :)

  17. Well done sweet, there is nothing like veggies straight from the earth :) I have a beautiful cauliflower soup recipe (vegan) :) x

    • Pamela

      Feel free to share it! Always looking for yummy new recipes with my belove cauliflower!

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