Back at the allotment

It has been a few days since I went to the allotment due to the heavy rain. But it has cleared up now so off I went yesterday to check out the damage, if any.  The ground was soggy in places and some of the young silver beet plants had snapped off at ground level. So I planted a few more seeds to fill the gap.

There was hardly any weeding to do, unbelievable really when you think of the rain we’ve had. Not even the dreaded nut grass! Mother Nature shining on me at last.

I took a chance that the ground had dried enough for me to plant a row of carrots to keep the supply going.

Then the fun part. I pulled a handful of harlequin carrots. Always a surprise to see what comes up. Here they are after a wash under the allotment tap. The two at the front had strong purple tints, but underneath really they were just ordinary orange carrots trying to be a bit exotic!

Harlequin carrots, yellow, white, orange and a couple of purple/orange mix.

Then I picked a few greens for dinner.

Drunken Woman lettuce, Italian flat leafed parsley, Harlequin carrots and Cavolo Nero kale.

I like to use plenty of parsley in my cooking, but really, I’d grow it anyway just to cheer up the kitchen bench. (No! I don’t have a depressed kitchen bench. You know what I mean.)

Italian flat leafed parsley

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Scrumptious Pumpkin
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 01:12:00

    The carrots look gorgeous. I have yet to plan my first garden, but you have reminded me that I need to at least start growing some fresh herbs on my kitchen counter! 🙂

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  2. narf77
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 06:54:15

    Love your carrots Jean. I decided to try purple carrots myself. I have had them before with my daughters who like to roast them but tackling them yourself is an eye opener. My hands are still purple! I wonder if they are a close member to beetroot as they have a very sweet flavour. Whatever they are, home grown carrots are the sweetest and forget seeing in the dark…those carrots would make you GLOW in the dark lol 🙂

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