My harvest this past week was a surprisingly good one. I had Cavolo Nero, Parsnips, Endive, Chicory and Parsley.
This is the Cavolo Nero - it is the last of my crop:
Likewise, these six Parsnips were the last ones too.
I still have some Chicories, and one or two Endives left, but salad is thin on the ground now.
Fortunately, the Parsley is better than ever, and I am taking every opportunity to use it while it is in prime condition.
We are now fast approaching the time of year that gardeners call the "Hungry Gap", when the Winter veg has finished, but that sown or planted in the new year has not yet reached a croppable state. Since we have such serious and widespread flooding in the UK, many farmers face the prospect of a ruinous year ahead, and we all anticipate a shortage of locally-grown fruit, veg and cereals. On the domestic front, gardeners are worrying about when they will be able to sow any seeds. The soil is so waterlogged (in many cases submerged!) that it will be a very long time before it comes back to the right conditions for sowing. I am extremely fortunate that the soil in my garden is sandy and quick-draining, which combined with my use of raised beds will put me in a better position than most.