The big thaw happened this week with daytime temperatures jumping from -7C to 13C pretty much overnight. Bonkers or what? The ground is easy to work again just in time to harvest some Christmas dinner veg, but it certainly didn’t feel very Christmassy today in the heavy rain. It has rained quite heavily since Monday with strong winds at times, the ground around the allotment site is quickly becoming a quagmire.
I pulled some parsnips which will be sweeter after the frost, despite the softer ground I still had a bit of a fight to get some of them out due to the length of the roots. I guess the summer drought forced them to go even deeper looking for water. Of course, there’s the usual oddity amongst them and I accidentally snapped the biggest one (far right) during the mud wrestle.
The winter cabbages are looking great and the Brussels sprouts a bit pathetic, but I have some to harvest so mustn’t grumble!
No carrots to show, the voles have eaten them all. Grrr. But look….the broad beans have been spared. For now.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!