by Albert Brian Vick, Community Kitchen Garden Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
The cauliflower and broccoli in the Lewis Ginter Community Kitchen Garden have been simply stunning, despite the warm weather. We have currently donated 9,503 total pounds of freshly-grown produce to The Central Virginia FoodBank, Meals on Wheels of Central Virginia & FeedMore’s Community Kitchen for the 2011 season. We are still producing! A couple of side benefits to note: 1) Broccoli and cauliflower leaves are edible and tasty, and 2) allowing the broccoli plants to produce side shoots after harvesting the primary crown is worth the wait (see photo below).