And After all that Excitement…

…I feel I should calm your nerves with an update on the vegetable growing situation. Yeah, I know, be still your beating heart. But it really is all go on the garden front, or at least the windowsill front:

(these pictures predate the french bean which has decided to come up upside down, seriously freaking out the other half. More on that as the story develops)

And I would be seriously remiss if I didn’t fill you in on interim results on my parsnips. Previously on TownMouse, last year’s parsnips did not come up at all, apart from one seedling which promptly disappeared. This year, I went for a belt and braces approach, both chitting and potting on some of my parsnips. I successfully raised twelve, which were planted out with great care and ceremony and coddled under bottle cloches through the spring frosts. I also planted out my curly wurly parsnips, and some that I’d just chitted in a spirit of experimentation to see which method brought the best results. And then, mostly for completeness’s sake, I planted some unchitted seed as well. More than a month later, the chitted-and-potted (and suited and booted) parsnips are doing quite well, although one has vanished:

The curly wurly parsnips are down to just two, but they’re the biggest of the lot:

(picture not to scale!)

And the chitted ones are coming up quite nicely, if patchily, as well:

As are, er, the unchitted ones:

So what does it all mean, apart from the fact that I have absolutely no idea how best to germinate my parsnips? I think I’ll have to wait and see what the yield is. Watch this space, there will be numbers.

Oh and I think I may owe an apology to my broccoli, which is sprouting everywhere now. Hurray! It’s helping the spreadsheet for last year’s season creep ever closer into profit.

And it’s pretty too…

8 Responses to And After all that Excitement…

  1. Dom says:

    I am in the process of trying to grow a Russian Giant sunflower. I have 12 seeds planted and hopefully at least one of these will grow so I can then pot it on to it’s final big pot where I can then tie it to various things on the side of the house as it gets too tall to support itself. So far I’ve not noticed any signs of growth 😦

  2. disgruntled says:

    They never come up until a few days after you’ve given up on them. That’s the rule…

  3. Flighty says:

    Surely this is all far more exciting!
    Happy gardening! xx

  4. Autolycus says:

    Does one need to lay off the fine words to make sure there are parsnips to be buttered?

  5. disgruntled says:

    Flighty – maybe, less stat-friendly though!
    Autolycus – my understanding was that there was no significant correlation between fine words and parsnip buttering, but it may be that’s where I’ve been going wrong these past few years… it’s a tricky choice to have to make

  6. maria says:


    Is this phot yours? I’m a hobby painter and would like to get your permission for to paint this plant. I love the green and violet colours!

    Thank you


  7. disgruntled says:

    Hi Maria – no problem at all. I’d be interested to see how it turns out

  8. […] having a broccoli-related disaster. Last year, the crop was slow to get going but once it started it did us proud. This year, well, I thought they had probably survived the frost but it turns out that all but two […]

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