Wishetwurra Veging

Yesterday it was flowers, ‘cos who doesn’t like flowers?

Today it’s veg.

The Wishetwurra Farm cole family crops have thrived this cool wettish spring. Kale. Minestra Nera. Cauliflower. Cabbage. And broccoli.


A burgeoning ball o’ broccoli. 

How well-watered has been this spring? Answer: only once have the shallow-rooted onion family plants needed supplemental moisture.


The small shallot bulb, stuck into soil in early spring, now in early summer is a star-shaped burst of swelling shallotlets. 

In one of our local stores each year, there’s a display of seeds whose pretty packages invariably seduce a person to buy a never-before-tried variety of somethingorother. This year’s seduction was early white flat italian onions. They were seeded in an old windowbox on the 4th of February, moved to the greenhouse in mid-March, and planted in the open garden in mid-April. In late-June, their mature tops are starting to fall over. That’s a sign that they’re almost ready to pull. We’ve started using them to cook with. They’re nice onions.


The onions were planted in groups of three, which can save on weeding time. As the bulbs swelled, they pushed each other apart, making a triangular void where they meet. 

Our corn, sown then coddled in flats inside, followed the same career path as the white onions. Early planting is always a gamble, but the odds are decent, and little is lost from from a late-frost failure.

Corn in this part of the USA is supposed to be “knee high by the fourth of July”. Looks like we made it!


Not the 4th of July yet. The corn is knee high and then some. This is a really ugly picture, but we’ll let it slide, as it’s for illustration purposes, not for Art. 

The first beans are on their way….



The “Rattlesnake” pole bean has set its first pods. 

A certain member of the family doesn’t care much for green beans. Or for any other colors of beans, for that matter. A few years back, we planted this variety, which is called “Rattlesnake”.

The bean hater is a bean hater no more.

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