First Find your Veg

Hmm, I might have thought it was no weather for digging, but that was until I realised that a fair few componenents of our supper were still frozen into the ground. We’ve not had much snow (not compared to the east coast, anyway) but it’s been pretty cold and what we’ve had hasn’t melted so my first challenge was finding the parsnips and carrots under the snow.

My next challenge was digging them up. The first fork I tried wasn’t really man enough for the task. The second one was wider but had rather feeble tines and while I could get it into the soil, the soil wasn’t going anywhere. Just as I was thinking that we might be having cabbage instead, the landlord offered me a third fork, the really strong one, and I managed to shift a huge slab of frozen soil off the top of my frozen root veg. Then it was just a matter of cracking open the various lumps of permafrost and extracting my carrots and parsnips from them.

And then I had to carry them back. Stupidly, I’d not bothered with the basket, as I was only nipping up to get a few bits and pieces. That’s all very well but you’ve never really had cold fingers until you’ve tried rummaging through icy soil and then carrying a handful of frozen root vegetables home. Thank goodness for the Rayburn, and the strategically placed pair of oven gloves I’d had the sense to lay out on top of it before I went out – the perfect hand defrosters.

Still, at least some people – or things – are enjoying the snow. (Link probably only worth bothering following in daylight hours).

6 Responses to First Find your Veg

  1. Kim says:

    Ah the joys of growing your own, but look on the bright side, it is just down the garden path and not 7Km across town to the allotment… 😉

  2. welshcyclist says:

    It’s not easy gaining your cultivated bounty, but it must taste so wonderful, after your dedication to bring it to the table. Icy fingers sound decidedly uncomfortable though, have you thought of moving to greenhouse cultivation?

  3. disgruntled says:

    Kim – yes, one reason why I’ve never gone for an allotment is knowing I’d never get to it if it wasn’t right there. That and the fact that there are only about 100 in the whole county…
    Welshcyclist – ah, I’d love to move into the greenhouse but unfortunately the landlord is keeping firm control of that. I get the veg plot for free so I can’t complain…

  4. WOL says:

    Per penguin cam, actively snowing in Edinburgh, and probably the penguins are the only ones appreciating it. Too dry to snow here, although it’s nearly cold enough. Plan ahead for your next garden outing with heavy duty fork, and basket for carrying vegs. Warming the oven mits on the Rayburn was a brilliant idea. Major points for that.

  5. emma c says:

    Did you grow the leeks from seed? Are they hard to do? I do think they are so versatile in cooking, so am rather tempted. And now you show them looking pretty darn frost hardy to me! Well done for keeping veg flowing well into the winter, that is a splendid result.

  6. disgruntled says:

    WOL – sadly I only ever remember to do it one time out of three
    Emma – the leeks are a bit of an ongoing saga (they should be twice the size) but they’re easy to raise from seed as long as the slugs don’t eat them all. Some are hardier than others; I got a kind that was for over-wintering and if you’re cunning with your seed bed you can put them in after a summer crop has finished for winter consumption

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