23rd December: The last post this year, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!
Harvests a-plenty this week, for our Christmas dinner : parsnips, carrots,
sprouts, red cabbage, and potatoes from the store, together with Flat Leaf Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, just as in the song!
I am especially pleased with the carrots, which were sown in July, a small pinch at a time, each pinch about 10cm apart,
with no thinning. They can now be pulled by the bunch, and as you can see, look good! I shall be doing this again next season as it is low maintenance and very productive.
There was one mutant parsnip that appeared , the fattest, ugliest
beast we have every grown! Mind you, it will be added to the trivet of vegetables under the meat, giving an extra flavoursome gravy.
The cabbage is from a small sowing of Red Flare back in May, and will be cooked with apple and onion as a side dish.
I learned my lesson the hard way, not to sow too many seeds of vegetables we don't eat that many of. Pickled cabbage did not go down well and so this year we have only grown about six, which is plenty for us.
The parsley is the new growth after
a heavy cutting six weeks back: the very mild weather, coupled with the protection of the enviromesh, seems to be suiting it well.