With all the frivolities of Christmas I somehow forgot my garden update postings, so here’s the last couple of months in a nutshell. No action to speak off other than a bit of harvesting here and there and watching the winter veg slowly come into fruition.
The parsnips have nearly all gone after too many sunday roastings and christmas dinners. I was planning on a Parsnip Veg of the Month round-up around now but to be honest I’ve had very little time to get busy experimenting with the Snips other than a lovely soup I concocted for our Christmas Day lunch, Pear & Parsnip Soup. So maybe I’ll save my parsnip showcase for another time when I’ve a few more to experiment with. My second sowings, fingers crossed, may come good in a few weeks.
We finally have a few Savoys ready for the eating and looking delicious, and the Romanesco Caulies are gloriously growing up and almost big enough for the pot:
The second sowing of my Calabrese broccoli is now in full force, which the kids are very happy about, broccoli being my far their favourite veggie. And the Purple Sprouting is probably only a few weeks off too, yay!.
Also looking pretty healthy is the celery, which I’m using as a cut and come again crop. I’ve absolutely no idea whether this is the done thing, but I’ve been harvesting it like this for months now and it keeps growing back stronger and healthier. A right royal result!.
And last but not least I should mention the Brussel Sprouts, we finally have a few teeny-weeny ones but pretty much all of my fifteen or so plants have either come to nothing or are diseased. A huge disappointment. I even had to buy some in for our christmas dinner!.What We’re Eating from the Patch: Brussel Sprouts Cabbages Calabrese Carrots Celery Herbs: Parsley, Coriander, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Oregano Lettuce Parsnips Potatoes Swiss Chard And What’s Stored: Butternut Squash Green Beans (freezer) Pumpkins Red Onions Shallots Tomatoes (freezer)
Some earlier updates:
August & September in the Garden
January 13th, 2013 at 8:38 pm
Blimey your garden is still so productive Louisa. Me too re the parsnips, used last few in a Trine Hahnemann roast veg dish yesterday. Very envious of your Romanesco, I always love the look of them but the one time I attempted them, they weren’t too successful. Your pics have inspired me to have another go this year.
January 14th, 2013 at 12:59 pm
Thanks Andrea, fairly productive but finally I’m having to buy a few supplementary veggies here and there which I haven’t had to do since last June!. Romanesco’s are stunning aren’t they. Actually I bought them as seedlings as I had no end of trouble trying to germinate my cauli seeds last year, and I thought they were just the normal caulies, so have been pleasantly surprised!
January 14th, 2013 at 1:20 pm
Beautiful veggies, great photos. I cut the celery like you do and my parents used to harvest them the same way.
January 14th, 2013 at 1:25 pm
Thanks Dominque. That’s interesting about the celery, I really wasn’t sure if anyone else harvested it in this way. Seems to work really well for me 🙂