I started off emptying out the pots round the greenhouse and weeding the cold-frame and lettuce bed before moving onto the main allotment.
I then methodically weeded through the parsnips and celeriac and whilst I was at it thought I may as well dig up a root of each to see if anything was happening under the ground...this is what I found.
I dug up a parsnip root and found quite a fine specimen. I held it up so you could see how big it was against my hand. I think I will roast this root for dinner tomorrow.
The celeriac on the other hand again has nothing under the ground. I dug up two of these, one that I had trimmed back and one that I hadn't but both were the same beneath the ground. I am wondering if leaving them longer will improve things? I guess I won't lose anything by it.
So I think Mal is the winner of the celeriac this year...but there is always next year. I haven't given up on them yet!!
I then went on to weed the rest of the roots patch in preparation for the winter dig. Whilst going through I did find a few beetroot which were nice and healthy so brought them home to eother roast or make cake with, haven't decided which yet.
|Healthy beetroot dug out the ground.|
Quite a nice looking Turnip and apparently the only one to germinate...it looks mighty fine in this photo.
In reality though it was extremely small as you can see in this photo. I think next year I will germinate them in the greenhouse and plant out in the hopes of a few more. No matter how small though it will be savoured in a stew during the week!
I also had three carrot germinate on the allotment but when I dug these up they were roots mangled by slugs and went straight in the bin. There were some weird and wonderful shapes to them but I didn't get any photos!!
So I now have a quarter of the land prepared for the winter dig and my green bin half full with weeds. This was the worst part of the allotment to tackle though which is why I decided to start here...I always like to know that the going is going to get a bit easier.
Still haven't dug the rest of my potatoes up yet. Hopefully I will get that done tomorrow as so far the forecast is good. Also hoping to get those broad beans and garlic in the ground!!
Hope you have had some fine weather too.