A most impatient gardener

January 20, 2009 | By | Comments (3)

Our cool season edibles are coming along at a snail’s pace. We can raise vegetables year-round in our mild, Menlo Park climate, but things are definitely growing a lot slower than in the summer.

These brassicas look unassuming enough, but I’ve been keeping a close eye on the ones in the row closest to the camera.


They finally looked like they were forming heads, so I reached my grubby hands down to peel back the center leaves of one of the plants. Sure enough, the most beautiful head is taking shape. Growing food is so magical, especially when the vegetables look like this.


This is a variety of broccoli known as “romanesco.” This is the first time I’ve grown it. Hopefully I can keep my hands off it long enough for it to reach full maturity.


  1. Johanna Silver

    Kim – I ordered the seeds from Territorial Seed Company.

    Here is a link:

    Good luck!

    February 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm
  2. kim

    Where did you get the seed for romanesco broccoli? I’ve been looking for it for years!

    February 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm
  3. Adriana

    My cabbages are just forming their heads. Fall is a bit slower but provides much variation.

    January 21, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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