Monday, January 26

Peculiar Parsnips

We managed a visit to the plot to replenish our vegetable supplies and to give the fruit trees their second dose of winter wash.

The harvest was more or less the same sort of thing as we have had for a few weeks now.
That savoy cabbage was probably our largest. I always thought that they grew much bigger than this but ours are quite small. It's not that the plants didn't grow well as they we really healthy before winter set in. 

On the other hand what about that parsnip at the back?
I think it has decided to compete with that carrot I posted about earlier this month. It sustained a flesh wound when being extracted and has a patch of canker but it will scrub up nicely and go down a treat. 

PS Would you believe it but our plot neighbours have had some glass taken from their greenhouse - who does that sort of thing? It's unbelievable isn't it?



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  1. I'd welcome any sort of shaped parsnips at the moment, I'm missing them this year. I've heard everything now, glass taken from a greenhouse, it beggars belief.

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    1. Doesn't it just, Jo I thought was incredible enough last year when someone took a plastic watering can out of our greenhouse!

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  2. That Parsnip may not look handsome, but in one so big there is bounds to be a fair bit of useable flesh, even when you have discarded the wonky bits. By the way, are you supporting Jamie Oliver's bid to get people to buy / ask for "Wonky" vegetables? Your Parsnip would be a prime candidate! Re the small Savoys: how far apart have they been? Spacing affects the eventual size of a cabbage, as I well know from experience in my little plot!

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    1. The savoys were fairly well spaced Mark just like the other cabbages which grew to a normal size.

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  3. Oh I love a comedy parsnip. I dug a couple of hugging parsnips from the soil yesterday. They were like lovers intertwined... it seemed wrong to take a photo. It's shocking about the glass.

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    1. Someone once sent me a photo of a very rude parsnip Sarah. It's on this page on my website but I'll warn you that it's X rated.

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  4. I've even had the compost stolen from my allotment - so sadly I do believe that just about anything can go. Luckily there are also many lovely people on the allotments.

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    1. It's such a shame isn't it SandD? Our site also once had all the brass bits stolen from the taps so the council replaced them all with plastic bits

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  5. Those are some huge parsnips - I hope they taste as good as they look!

    As for the greenhouse window - that's just shameful. I sometimes think that people are getting less and less civilized. Even simple good manners, which cost nothing other than a second of your time, seem to be in short supply these days.

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    1. I'm sure that we will even enjoy the weird one Margaret, I think nowadays good manners us seen as a sign if weakness, Quite a few panes of glass were taken and the little metal bits that hold the glass in place. It's not just the theft it's how it makes the owners feel.

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  6. Nice harvest. It always amazes me what we get from the ground. Perhaps you accidentally got seed that was crossed a bit with a smaller cabbage. Never know.

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    1. I don't know what happened with the savoys, Barbara, I would expect seed companies to be careful not to let plants cross.

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  7. I'm sure I've seen your parsnip in a film somewhere. Was it Alien?

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    1. Maybe I should apply for an Equity card on its behalf, Jessica.

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  8. Still a nice healthy sizeable harvest Sue, well done. How infuriating about the glass. We have regular shed break ins, and it's so frustrating for the shed owners. All that damage to be repaired all the time, and there's almost nothing worth stealing. Let's hope it's a one-off.

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    1. It is CJ . I guess someone needed some glass to repair a greenhouse!

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  9. Struth...the end of January and still you reap!!! What a marvelous crop....love the parsnip, do you grow them from seed in situ? I really fancy that cabbage!xxx

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  10. Great harvest, Sue! The parsnip is so strange for me. I have never grown and ateit before. I would love to try it someday.

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    1. These are our winter crops, Endah so maybe less common for you.

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  11. Wahey, nice parsnip sue. V wierd to steal greenhouse parts, it's such a shame. I had to contact the police yesterday as walking home from the allotment I saw a car that had had its window smashed in (didn't see it happen but wanted to make sure the owner found out asap).

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    1. Some people have not conscience Kelli or sense of decency

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