Posted: 26/10/2015 at 11:33
Excellent tip Berghill. Thanks. We're planning to move when OH retires and may end up on a parsnip free zone.
Steve - Belgian soils vary widely and so do rain levels. From what I've seen driving around, Flemish field crops tend to be leeks, carrots, beans, corn, beetroot. They do hydroponc salads and toms and pepers in greenhouses and polytunnels.
Round here it's all cereals and sweet corn in rotation with potatoes, sugar beet and chicons with mustard for a green manure. Oil seed rape is becoming more prevalent and we still get flax in some fields but not as much as before.
Between here and north east Flanders there are acres and acres of espaliered apples and pears in what is known as the Hesbaye. Further south around Wépion they are famous for their strawberries.