Friday 10th January 2014 – Just went down for some Salsify.

Well things never go to plan do they? I was only going to pop down to the allotment this morning just to film about digging up Salsify (you’ll be able to see this film soon). So I left the car out on the road, as I knew I wouldn’t have much to carry, and it would be very muddy on site anyway. But you know me, I get a bit carried away. Once I’d done the filming that I’d planned on doing, I then pottered round the rest of my plot just to see how things were ticking over. They seemed to be doing rather well, and I ended up harvesting 3 rather sizeable Leeks (the rest are growing very well indeed), 1 Carrot that I seemed to have missed, a load of Beetroot which is both yellow and purple (this has usually died off by now, but as the weather has been so warm and we’ve had only 2 minor frosts they’ve still been growing), 3 MASSIVE and 1 normal sized Parsnips, 2 sensible sized white Cabbages, lots of lovely green Brussels Sprouts, some gorgeous Broccoli, and some rather sizeable Jerusalem Artichokes. I just about managed to fit it all in a cardboard box that I had in my shed, and then had to carry it to the car. It was quite heavy, but I’m a strong little lass, so I can cope.

But I cam home with ALL this as well.

But I cam home with ALL this as well.

Salsify was the ONLY thing I planned on bringing home today.

Salsify was the ONLY thing I planned on bringing home today.

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2 Responses to Friday 10th January 2014 – Just went down for some Salsify.

  1. how easy is salsify to grow have tried once before but nothing happen wondering what I did wrong ? happy new year

    • clairesallotment says:

      Well it was the first year I’d grown them, and they were very easy. I sowed them straight in the soil in April time, and then just kept them as weed free as possible. then I let them get on with it. If the weather was really dry, then I watered them. Treat the same as you would a carrot or parsnip. They didn’t get attacked by any bugs. Give them another go, but they do need depth to grow, so if you have a raised bed make sure it’s at least 12 inches deep.

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