I have Purple Sprouting Broccoli!

On the allotment I mean, rather than in the fridge! And it's very exciting. Look...

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Yes, it's got a little way to go before I'll start to cut it, but I'm hoping it won't be too long now before we're picking our purple sprouting broccoli instead of buying it. We've five plants and a hearty appetite for this vegetable which has been a long time coming. The little plug plants, along with the cabbages were the first thing we planted last June.

In slightly more disappointing news, we also have a lot of weeds. That's one thing not in short supply.  On our New Year's Day visit I made these two amazing discoveries, and more.

 MY MOST PHOTOGENIC CABBAGE, WITH WEEDS

MY MOST PHOTOGENIC CABBAGE, WITH WEEDS

 AND THE EQUALLY PHOTOGENIC CAVOLO NERO, THIS TIME WITH WEEDS AND GRASS

AND THE EQUALLY PHOTOGENIC CAVOLO NERO, THIS TIME WITH WEEDS AND GRASS

As well as the photogenic brassicas, the onions and garlic were coming along well and holding off the weeds, just. The broad beans are up about two inches already. I suspect they may be about to slow down, but it was pleasing to see something growing.

BROAD BEANS

The small apple tree that we moved in November is still alive and I'm hopeful it's happy in its new home.  The strawberries I planted alongside the edge of the plot are thriving, which is good news as I've more to plant when we've cleared some more space.

STRAWBERRIES

It was useful to pop over to the plot and take a peek at what it's been getting up to, and let's be honest on New Year's Day we were never going to be up for more than just taking a look.  With seed catalogues seemingly arriving each day tempting me with their possibilities it was a good reminder that we need to be realistic. 

We've still lots to do before our plot is fully operational, but seeing things grow has fired that enthusiasm to get going again. Now where's my fork?!