I love brassicas, after the long slow growth of fruiting plants like tomatoes, pumpkins and melons, it's so rewarding to grow a green veggie like broccoli and see them go absolutely nuts. I should be able to start picking kale leaves for soup in a few weeks, I don't know how long the broccoli will take. But the butterflies are horrible, next year I'll prop up some kind of gauze or mesh to keep them off the plants.
The Chinese broccoli is also getting nibbled as you can see. I'm seeing if I can squeeze 2 into a pot but only 1 in the other pot to hedge my bets.
I left the melons going as long as I could because the green nutmeg melon set three fruit late in the season. But unlike pumpkins, melons only ripen when there's some good heat on them. On top of that, as you can see the vine's not doing too well. It's been hit hard by powdery mildew and an absolute plague of aphids. This weekend is probably our last warm weekend (25 to 27 for the last four days! It's meant to be winter!) so I bit the bullet and picked the melons this weekend.
They were a decent size for mini melons, the one on the right in particular. As you can see, though, they're still quite dark green between the webbing and they're not meant to ripen after picking. I left then on the bench for a few days but we're away for a week starting tomorrow so I cut the two small ones open today.
As you can see the flesh is much thinner around the outside compared to the Minnesota midget melons. They're meant to be green like honeydew melon but not so dark green around the outside rind. The flesh of the first one was hard and unripe. Surprisingly, the second one was almost ripe and dripping wet - once again too much water! So I put the largest one into the fridge to see if I can eat it when we return.
It may just be the premature harvest but the flavour wasn't that great. I think next year I'll stick with the Minnesota Midget.