Paddy and Plunkett – Growing Wild!

Hey there everyone! After a bit of a wild weekend (weather-wise, of course. We’re still confined to quarters here at Beastie Towers) the sun has returned… And so have a pair of familiar woolly faces! It’s been a while since we’ve seen Paddy and Plunkett, hasn’t it? Let’s drop in and see what they’re up to.
Paddy and Plunkett get growing - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesAha! Looks like they’ve hopped on the gardening bandwagon and are getting into growing their own veggies.

Well, Plunkett is. Paddy has other ideas for what to do with the courgette seeds.
Paddy and the Courgette Seeds - CrawCrafts Beasties“Check it out, Plunkett! Sustainable jewellery!”
“Well… Yes. But they work better if you put them in a pot…”
Planting Seeds - Paddy and Plunkett - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… Like this. Now, courgettes grow quickly – you might want to stand back a bit!”

Courgette Plant - Growing Veg - CrawCrafts Beasties
Wow, that really WAS quick! And it’s not done yet.
Paddy, Plunkett and the Growing courgette plant - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“I think we’re going to need a bigger pot, Plunkett!”
“Don’t worry, I saw one outside… But we’d better move this plant now before it gets too big to go through the front door!”

So, much huffing and puffing later…
Courgette Plant's New Home - H Crawford/CrawCrafts BeastiesThe plant looks much happier in its new home, doesn’t it? Plenty of space there to spread out its roots and keep on growing!

“Will we hop up for a closer look, Paddy?”
“Yeah! I want to see the courgettes – they must be nearly ready by now.”
Any courgettes growing yet? H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“Ah, it’s a bit early for that yet, Paddy. But if you look veeeery closely…”
Courgette Floweres Growing - H Crawford/CrawCrafts Beasties“… You can see the first flowers starting to appear under the leaves. We won’t have long to wait!”

And once those courgettes get started, they’ll keep the boys fed for the entire summer. Hopefully they’ll find a way to send some of the crop Dublinwards, because they’re so tasty and versatile! I love to slice ’em thinly and cook them with red peppers and tomatoes for a pasta sauce, or fry them with lemon juice and garlic and serve the mixture on toast for a quick lunch. Yum!

All this talk of vegetables is making me hungry… So if you have any favourite courgette/zucchini recipes to share with me and the lads, please tell us all about them in the comments!

Aaaand we’ll be back on Friday with a Beastie pet retrospective (Pet-rospective?), so be sure to join us then!

9 thoughts on “Paddy and Plunkett – Growing Wild!

  1. Okay, those two need to come to my garden ASAP!! All my veggies are completely stunted this year (seriously, my peas refuse to grow taller than a Beastie). And any cucumbers, zucchini (courgettes), and melons keep getting ravaged by slugs. I need some of that P & P veggie magic.

    1. Oh no! Are you sure you didn’t accidentally plant Pisum Beastius, the Beastie Pea? They’re tasty, but way too small for human consumption. And don’t get me started on slugs! It’s been dry here recently but I’m still finding them any time I move my pots around. Grrrr! But anyway, I will get Plunkett to send you some good growing vibes… I suspect he’s the one with the green thumb. Hopefully that will help!

    1. Hahaha! I thought they were top-to-toe green πŸ˜‚ Courgettes are great, they just need a little love when you’re cooking them. Too hot and they burn, but undercooked ones can be bitter! Let me know if you want either of the full recipes 😊

    1. Hmmm, perhaps the secret to speedy growth is Beastie gardeners? πŸ€”
      And yes, I forgot about courgette cake! Thanks for reminding me… I think I have a recipe somewhere that deserves a revisiting. I hope the boys are feeling generous with their harvest 😁

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