Despite being slightly neglected of late, our plot continues to provide us with a great harvest – currently making it to the plate are Kale, Cabbage, Carrots, Parsnips, Spinach Beet and New Zealand Yams. We grew New Zealand Yams for the first time this year, and digging them up and seeing the multi coloured gems for the first time was so exciting. Once lifted, New Yealand Yams benefit from being left on a sunny windowsill for a couple of days before eating, as this makes them taste sweeter. We’ll be keeping the smaller ones to replant next year, and can’t wait to start cooking with the others !
Elsewhere on the allotment, we’ve just about finished emptying out the raised beds and covering them over snugly for the winter. The Rhubarb, Asparagus and Globe Artichokes have also been cut back, mulched and protected with straw chippings. Still happily growing for the later winter months are Sprouts, Leeks, Purple Spouting Broccoli and Jerusalem Artichokes.
This week Mr O has also planted two new Blackcurrant bushes, to add to our fruit crop, which has been so bountiful this year. Later in the winter we’ll need to prune our Raspberry, Gooseberry, Blackberry bushes and Apple tree so that we hopefully get another good fruit crop next year. Our newly expanded Strawberry bed will get a good mulch too.
One vegetable that won’t be making it into the kitchen this winter is our Pak Choi, which bolted this week. Having these lovely surprise yellow ‘flowers’ in the bed made up for the loss though ! 🙂