The last Harvest Monday of the year. The next one will be the 1st of January 2018.
I recently moved over to a ‘no dig’ approach to allotmenteering and it has lead to some amazing vegetables, some of which I have harvested for our Christmas dinner.
First off are the parsnips. I generally have dreadful troubles with germination and this year was no different. However, an allotment neighbour had sown his and they had all germinated in the early warm weather we had this year. True to form, it took me 3 goes to get some germination. These are Countess and I will grow them again next year. They are enormous. In fact, I could sow some each month so that I have more of them but not all this size!
Another vegetable that was large this year for me was celariac and again I put this down to no-dig gardening. Where the slugs nibbled, the woodlice moved in so I need to prevent that next year but these are definitely the biggest celariac I have grown over the last few years.
It wouldn’t be Christmas day if we didn’t have sprouts! I love them and so don’t need chestnuts or pancetta with them, although that would be tasty. And leeks in cheese sauce. Plus there is spinach and some early white sprouting broccoli.
The potatoes, which are not pictured here, are Sarpo Mira which I tried for the first time this year and will grow again next year. They didn’t need watering and only showed slight signs of blight at the end of September.
What did you pick for your Christmas meal?
Merry Christmas every one.