Saturday, January 17

root cellar


Well the wine cellar is officially holding its first root crop...umm how big does your loot have to be before you can call it a crop? Yesterday, after work, i took the bean into the garden, hung him from an apple tree and pulled the up smallest planting of carrots. This is what i ended up with after removing all the imperfect ones which are in the fridge ready to be eaten; a motley crew of knobbly heirloom roots. I am leaving the bigger sowing for another week or two, making sure i leave some of the big, non bolters to collect their seed for next year.

We have been pulling carrots for weeks and they are sweet and juicy, nothing bland or woody yet, so im pleased for my first ever carrot experience. So the first 'crop' has been cleaned, sorted to remove potential spoilers (carrots with splits, small holes or broken ones), dried and lain out on paper on trays and ready to be eaten.

Next up, beetroot and apples. Any suggestions for storing these?

5 comments:

Stewart said...

umm how big does your loot have to be before you can call it a crop?
Anything more than one;-)

Kel said...

cool - ive got an uber crop then!

Stewart said...

Dare I say it, maybe even a uber duper crop.

Veggie Gnome said...

"i took the bean into the garden, hung him from an apple tree"

Geez...he must have been real NAUGHTY!

I would store the apples in boxes filled with shredded paper (home office does have a few advantages!) without the apples touching. Probably do the same with the beetroot. Or preserve the beetroot.

Not sure about carrots, I think you should send them to a Mad Gnome. Now. ;)

Kel said...

lol. hey veggie, thanks for that, will have to get the kids onto the shredding newspaper! yes, beetroot prserve would be good too...if the carrots were lush i'd happly share, theyre a bit daggy, but i will prolly have heaps of apples if youre interested..will keep you posted.