Silverbeet and summer storms

After the long dry spell we have been through my daughter in law phoned me on Friday evening and warned me that we could expect a severe storm the next day in Brisbane.

These summer storms can cause no end of damage so I visited the allotment first thing Saturday morning. The silverbeet was ready and I didn’t want it to get flattened so I filled the boot of the car and this is my booty. I laid the blue pen on the table beside the parsley to give you a perspective. Fortunately silverbeet is my favourite vegetable which is a good job when you see the mound I had to get through.

Silverbeet ready for blanching

I beat the storm by half an hour so when I returned home while the storm was raging I washed and chopped and blanched as I worked my way through the pile. It’s now in the freezer in little portions which is just great.

We are experiencing more stormy weather today and I’ve already been stuck out in one downpour this morning so I’m not sure how everything is faring over at the allotment. My summer crops are still quite small so the only problem now might be with the stakes I’ve put in place for the cucumbers. The arrangement is a bit Heath Robinson anyway as I used stakes and bits and pieces from around the farm – so fingers crossed.

Happy gardening.

 

Jerry Coleby-Williams

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