Monday, March 29, 2010

Giant Parsnip

You know how you almost always miss one or two carrots or parsnips during harvest? Either because you've topped it but didn't get it out all the way and forgotten or just somehow overlooked it when the foliage died back?

Well, sometimes you get a giant!

This puppy came out with a great deal of effort along with 2 others of normal size. This giant one finally broke off about halfway down in order to come out. The others were about 16 inches long. Amazing!

Now, how will it taste? No clue. I usually leave parsnips in the garden during winter to harvest after the first freeze but I seem to have missed a couple of dozen. One or two I'll leave for new seed, but the rest have to get eaten. Anyone know if there is something special I should do to cook these over-wintered giants?

Boscoe is amazed also. I believe that look means; "So, can I eat that one too?"

Friday, March 5, 2010

I know I'm terrible for not updating!

I'm starting to get questions on whether or not I'm still alive. Yeeps!

Yes, I'm still here but to be honest, since September my live hasn't really been my own.

As many of you know, I'm a Naval Officer. What you may not know is that I transferred. I didn't have to move, but I moved to a different command and you wouldn't believe my job. Yikes!

I've either been gone, been working 7 day a week shiftwork (meaning gone more than 12 hours at a shot) or handling short fused craziness.

I solemnly promise that I will update very soon...promise, promise.

As an aside...we did get hit by that nor'easter back in November. Flooding like you wouldn't believe but not a bit of it in the house. Good thing I built that crawlspace a little higher than it needed to be, eh? Garden bit the dust hard though.

Hope, however, springs eternal. Seed starting is happening and the smell of potting soil is in the air.