13 December 2019
It’s root crop focus week and what a difference a couple of showers of rain make to your veges.
Parsnips and carrots looking fresh and fabulous. And the new ‘Manchester Table’ carrots sown in between the ‘Laguna’ carrots have germinated nicely. Too small yet to thin.
Not much happening with my root crops this week – the bed just needs a weed. Depending on where you’re at, this week is a good time to sow and plant beetroot and Florence fennel.
Our Florence fennel is growing well – great plumes of featheriness. The little alyssum beside them is flowering prettily.
Turnips are ready for harvest. I’m going to make pickles out of some of these. See our recipe here. Pickles are always great to have in the fridge for your Buddha bowl for lunch.
The beetroot I transplanted is coming away, but is a bit patchy, so I’m going to sow more in a tray and then prick them out when they’re big enough and fill in the gaps.
I have some ‘Cylindra’ beetroot seeds, so I thought I might sow these in contrast to the ‘Detroit Dark Red’ already in the ground.
Remember the sowing techniques:
– wash out old trays in water with white vinegar added to sterilise them
– I have some seed-raising mix made up already – it’s sieved potting mix to which I’ve added rock dust
– ‘Cylindra’ beetroot seeds go in, and also more lettuce (‘Cocarde’ this time) and more flowers as the snails decapitated a couple of the zinnias planted last week!
– then I make up a bath of water with a couple of capfuls of liquid seaweed added and soak the seed trays for around 15 minutes. Note: make sure the bath is not too full and that the trays sit on the base, otherwise the seeds will float up and away
The kumara have been amazing. I thought I didn’t have enough root on the Purple Dawn plants, but look at these handsome plants.
And the potatoes are just chugging away. I probably should be bold and bandicoot some, just to see if they’re going to be ready for Christmas Day, but I think I’ll wait another week!
Hope preparations for Christmas are going well!
From Jan, Rob and the Team at OEG!