Christmas vegetable harvest

by Jane Moore

I was pleased with this year's Christmas harvest - much of our Christmas dinner was allotment produce.

Jane Moore will freshly harvested allotment produceI was pleased with this year's Christmas harvest – much of our Christmas dinner was allotment produce. King Edward potatoes from the garage were roasted, Charlotte new potatoes from store were steamed. Greens took the form of braised leeks and, of course, the ubiquitous Brussels sprouts.

The young Brussels sprout plants were given to me way back in the summer by my colleague Steve, a keen veg grower. They were almost decimated by wave after wave of cabbage white caterpillars which have infested brassicas this summer. Steve’s almost perished in the onslaught. Mine, despite horrendous neglect, survived to produce some lovely sprouts – probably down to the fact that the weed growth masked the plants from the cabbage white butterflies' attentions. (However, I did lose every single calabrese plant to the voracious little blighters, so I haven’t had it all my way.)

Parsnips were a bit thin on the ground, due to a couple of disastrous sowings. It was breezy the first time I tried to sow the papery seeds and I think half of them blew away. The second sowing was drowned in steady, unremitting rain and probably rotted. Still, the few that did grow came up well. Thank goodness you only need a couple to go with Christmas dinner!

But what about red cabbage braised with apples? We had that last year, braised with apples — very nice it was too, but I wanted a change this year. Next year I’m planning on growing swede, so we can have mashed carrots and swede for Christmas lunch.

If I raised a few turkeys on the plot we'd have the whole dinner…

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Gardeners' World Web User 28/12/2008 at 17:06

Our christmas new potato's didn't survive even though they had been fleased for about six weeks because of the sub zero temps for days on end (end of november and december)but we'll try again next year and it toped up the compost bin and the handful we did get made lovely potato and onion soup which still gives great pleasure knowing you grew what you were eating.Happy New Year and Happy and succesful gardening 2009.

Gardeners' World Web User 31/12/2008 at 19:49

i took on my allotment last year and was pleased to say my plot has produced lots of veg the summer untill now (and im still eating the spouts and leeks ) its great to be get freash sprouts that don't tast bitter or out of date. im sure it has a good inpact on my fitness as well. looking forward to the new year and sowing my seeds again.

Gardeners' World Web User 04/01/2009 at 09:48

we managed to get new potatoes for Christmas dinner, planted in pots which I thin helped with the protection from frost. We also had beetroot. The first time we have managed to supply food for Christmas after having our allotment for 3 years!

Gardeners' World Web User 09/01/2009 at 16:19

Welldone Retlock4 although my potatoes were in pots and with a flease frameing around them I live in the north east which can go from one extream to the other this season was the other but never mined like I always say theres alwalys next year.Happy New Growing Year to All.

Gardeners' World Web User 29/06/2011 at 16:28

HI everyone, I am in need of some advice i have had an allotment since 2009 so quite new to it.I took on the role of running our site shop last year and we have around 250 plots on our field most of whitch were well grown over but we have cleared most of them. However we are looking at planting autumn potatoes/beans/onoins and garlic.Has any one out there planted these before and is it worth doin .Can anyone give us some advice on does and don't al comments most welcome regards Colin .

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