Amazingly, with perfect timing, it looks like our homegrown parsnips will be ready to harvest for Christmas! They were sown in April by Dad, and then regularly watered and weeded through the hot dry summer months, and finally after 8 months of growing they are ready to for us to enjoy. We have also had some hard frosts which make the parsnips taste extra sweet - absolutely delicious roasted.
One of my first jobs of the New Year will be sitting down with Dad and Stuart to plan our growing season for 2021. We are already anticipating a few things, with broad beans and garlic in the ground growing now. Last week we received our seed potatoes from Scotland and we will start planting these in March. We store the seed potatoes in a ‘chitting shed’ where the temperature is kept at 4–5 celcius and lights are kept on for 24 hrs a day. This encourages the potatoes to ‘chit’, or produce a sprout which in turn enables us to get an early harvest. Getting our early new potatoes in the chitting shed before Christmas is now a priority.