|My seed bed: L-R - Radish, Rocket, Beetroot|
I fell in love with the parsnip when living in Blighty. They were a different vegetable in Britain sweet and tender and we ate them regularly but back in Australia I didn't find them as appealing.
This is the very first time I am attempting parsnips. I never wanted to try when I was living in Sydney believing that a good frost was probably necessary to really make them deliciously sweet. So now we are living in the bush in a place that will definitely get a frost, I thought it was time to take the plunge and try my hand.
I am trying Hollow Crown from seed and have had no trouble in raising two rows. They seem to be growing well at least above the ground, but I suspect that my soil isn't good enough yet, or deep enough to get a great result. Still I am happy with their progress so far. When there is a little more room in the patch, I will be putting another row or two in.
I love beetroot. I love the plant and love the root and eat it pickled, baked, boiled, grated and I find them so easy to grow. This year I have had more difficulty than usual. You see it seems that Wallabies love beetroot too and as a result they grazed off two of my plantings of beetroot. The plants miraculously survived and I am now gradually pulling the roots that developed.
Radish were another favourite of the Wallaby and over summer we had hardly any of the crop. With the Wallaby excluded now I have a row that is being picked and grazed on by us and some other creature why is taking off some of the red skin making them a bit spotty.
Yes, I know, not really a root more a swollen leaf base, but not sure where else to put it. Not everyone's favourite, I have grown fennel for many years now and love them best from the garden. I probably have about 30 in the patch at three different stages.
Here are two little fellas growing side by side - I obviously missed thinning it out.
Notice something missing? "What, no carrots!", I hear you say. Yes, it is true, another vegetable I have never really managed to grow...
It's another of the things that are just so encouraging to grow because they are so simple. I have also discovered that the chooky girls like to graze on the rocket thru the veggie garden fence which is fine by me.
|L-R: Muriel and Mavis being distracted from the rocket|
One of my all time favourite things to grow and eat, my snow peas this year are a little disappointing I suspect its the soil - it is still pretty average. Nonetheless I am getting a pick.
Sugar snap peas
I am trying these this year for the first time. I was inspired by Daphne's haul of sugar snaps and had to give them a go.
They are only just starting to produce now - I have had a small pick which, when combined with the snow peas, was enough for greens for two for a meal - early days yet.
So that's more or less my garden in mid-April. How is yours going?