Did you know that the Russian word for Parsnip is pasternak. - no neither did I - it wouldn't sound the same if Dr. Zhivago was written by Boris Parsnip rather than Boris Pasternak, would it? I dug up a few Parsnips last week and have stored them in a container in dried earth. I thought it would be handy to have a few available, just in case we had a hard frost and I wouldn't be able to dig any out. It turns out we haven't had a single frost yet - perhaps I am tempting fate - anyway parsnips store well overwinter, and we are bound to have a frost eventually.
I have never been very successful with growing Brussels Sprouts. No matter what I try, be it liming the ground first, or firming the soil - they still wont firm up into decent sized sprouts. So I gave up and for the last few years I just haven't bothered. This year I decided to have one more go. This is what they should look like:-
Whereas, my Purple Sprouting Broc, of which I am very proud, is doing marvellously. Mark Willis at http://marksvegplot.blogspot.com/ said yesterday that his PSB was already forming a head, which was unusual for this time of year. So I went to investigate my own - and 'lo and behold:-