Winter veg successes


Saturday 25 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

After such a long wet and cold winter (not compared to most of yours, but it’s all relative), the vegetable successes were perhaps different to other years. We found that the broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower for example, were pretty much a dead loss – ok, we had a few meals there, but not much harvested of any value. On the other hand, the ‘alternative weather conditions’ provided successes with other crops.




The beetroot and carrot patch was not as good as other years, but the yield was sufficient for our needs for the coming year; so on balance, a success. The carrots were just a few, and a bit bendy and strange shaped, but not diseased, and still tasty enough.




And some yummy carrot tops for the chooks



The beetroots started to run to seed tops, so we pulled the lot this morning




But not a bad haul. Enough for pickling (using both Turkish and British recipes), and plenty for freezing down too.

Oh and guess what, one of the Spikette’s, from My Beautful Things, has a great recipe which we are gonna have to try out – Chocolate Beetroot Cake 😀






Turnips and swede were a first for us, having tried out some seeds brought over from the UK. Delighted with the results though 🙂






25 thoughts on “Winter veg successes

  1. […] follow-on post about the winter veggies, and this time focussing on our ‘above soil’ varieties this time. A few times […]


  2. dayphoto says:

    Your beets are OUTSTANDING! I read that your soil goes extremely hard, I know you use compost, and the sand is a good thought. We have spots where the soil is hard (clay) and growing a green like wheat or turnips, then turning it under can help next year. Just a thought.


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    • Uncle Spike says:

      I dig in plenty of goat poo (one wheelbarrow per 4 sq/m) twice a year, plus gradually adding our own compost too. It’s very stony ground here – I was digging over a well-used part of the veg area last week, and still extracted two barrow loads of rocks in three hours; oh and one that was 30cm in diameter! The soil is not clay-like, but loses moisture very quickly, and then goes hard. Mulch is the answer, and each year it improves.. I generally garden with a pickaxe most days, lol. 🙂

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  3. El Rolyat says:

    Looks like a pretty good harvest to me!
    Try planting garlic in amongst your carrots next time. Yours look like they could have been attacked by nematodes – garlic repels nematodes (so do onions to an extent as well as marigolds). It worked in our veggie garden and this year’s carrots looked less like monsters from some far-fetched alien movie than they did last season (I would post pictures, but it would scare the kids).


  4. joannesisco says:

    Chocolate Beet Cake is amazing! I tried it about a year ago and it quickly became a favourite.
    … and roasted beets has to be one of my favourites …. and pickled beets … ok, maybe I just like beets 🙂

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  5. Your crops look very successful to me.With all those beets, I would be making at least one Chocolte beet root cake, utterly delicious! The beets add colour and moistness to the cake. The recipe can be found in my Recipes-sweet menu! 🙂

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  6. Great crops of turnip and Swede .. I haven’t grown either before. Bet you were happy with those beetroot. The soil may have needed to be more friable for the carrots. Doesn’t matter though, bet they still tasted great

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  7. ballerina95 says:

    I always like your crop photos. This frustrated gardener has given up and will just enjoy the successes of others. ps. Funny shaped carrots 🙂

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  8. AnnetteM says:

    Looks a good haul of root veggies there. I love a nice dollop of mashed neeps with my haggis, but it does get confusing here where they call swede turnips (neeps) and turnips well, just turnips too!

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