I’m writing this on 29 February, that strange extra day that’s shoehorned into every fourth year to make the calendar year and the earth’s celestial year align with one another.
February often gets a bad rap, but unfairly so, in my opinion. Yes, it’s still winter and yes, it can sometimes be dreary, but prolonged periods of cold are so rare these days that the season is seldom actually as bad as we expect.
There’s always a lot to do in December, but not much time in which to do it before the Christmas holidays begin. Short days and grotty weather don’t help matters. Ideally, I’ll have finished weeding the vegetable beds by then, so that in January I can concentrate on mulching them.
While I might be at action stations – there is so much to do at this time of year – nothing happens very fast in the world of the parsnip.
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the history, planting and growing of those knobbly but tasty tubers, Jerusalem artichokes.
Many accompaniments to the traditional roast are harvestable now but some peaked early, and forward planning is needed for their inclusion.
This summer I had my first go at growing sweet potatoes. Despite the fact that I rather neglected them, they did grow and they did crop.
In South America this fruit is called pepino dulce (sweet cucumber), or even just pepino. Here, it’s seemingly just called a melon pear.