Brassica haulm is a bit of an embarrassment for a non digger who has no compost heap, but who likes to recycle ALL his organic matter. We love brassicas as winter greens, especially brussels sprouts, broccoli and curly kale. We ‘eat them to death’. We particularly like what I call ‘sprout sprouts’! These are the green shoots that arise from unpicked sprouts. Harry eats them raw.
By May, what is left is pretty tatty but is still producing plenty of shoots. I feed them to the neighbours! I cut the brassicas to the ground with loppers, leaving the roots undisturbed. The rheas next door love them. I divide the feast into daily offerings throughout May. They come running whenever they see me. Pure joy for them and for me. They still come running when the greens have gone. Have you ever seen a disappointed rhea?
|When we were young! Sausage and Frilly as youngsters.
|It's alive! Quick, hit it with a hammer! Frilly sunbathing on the lawn last year, when we HAD some sun.
|I love dandelions!
Phleas waiting for broccoli.
For those non-gardening partners of gardeners coming to our Open Days, the animals next door provide some light relief, so they certainly earn their keep!
|...and don't forget the hens!!!!