In the rain-saturated raised beds the soil looks black, but the vegetables are resolutely green: Brussels Sprouts, Cavolo Nero, and Purple Sprouting Broccoli, with Endives and Radicchio underneath.
The Cavolo Nero plants are looking quite depleted now. In this next photo you can see that the middles of them are bare, with old scruffy leaves down below, and tufts of small young leaves up above. This is because the best leaves for use in the kitchen are the middle-sized ones.
Underneath the tall brassicas there are still plenty of good Radicchio (albeit very rain-soaked ones).
That particular one has some very ratty leaves round its periphery - many of them full of slug holes - so I have cropped the photo to make it look more presentable! (You know me...) I haven't altered the colour though. It is an amazingly deep crimson colour. Very hard to photograph, I might add, with the leaves so shiny with the rain!
I have lots of Curly Endives too, though of course their growth has slowed a lot.
There are plenty of Parsnips left still (though there will be fewer after Tuesday), but they show little evidence of their presence, since most of their foliage has died down now. It wouldn't be a problem in my small garden, but allotment-holders would be well-advised to put in some tall sticks or something just to mark the location of their parsnips just in case we get snow. Mine are immediately to the right of the cloches in the photo below.
Spectacularly unimpressive, eh? But let's wait until tomorrow, when I dig them up and see what's underneath...
The few lettuces I have under the cloches are not looking very happy. They are not really growing - just surviving - and actually a couple of them have succumbed to rot. These days the air is permanently wet.
Did I mention that it has been raining...? This year we will be having a WET Christmas, not a WHITE one.