Parsnips, Peppers & Beans

Since my investment in a greenhouse earlier in the year, I have been rewarded with a supply of healthy and strong growing fruit and vegetables. With the year now drawing to a conclusion I decided to bundle a few of my remaining pepper plants into said greenhouse to see if I could extend their season.

I was not left disappointed…

This juicy, red specimen was picked on the 7th November and it is unlikely to be the last.

It is quite strange having food growing out of season like this and almost feels like cheating.

However, not all the vegetables in the garden are such rule breakers. Although…in some cases, one is left wondering what constitutes a record breaker. With the first frosts arriving in late October, I decided to sample a parsnip from the raised bed. I did so in the hope of perhaps having enough for a side with fish. I was therefore pleasantly surprised when I extracted a half metre long specimen from the ground.

Admittedly, most of the volume was in the top but if the rest of the crop can be measured by this then Christmas is looking sweet!

In other news…my broad Beans are now growing well and in the ground. The soil seems to be developing well now; after two years of mulching and planting out was made easy by growing them in toilet tubes. A technique which works favourably for legumes which prefer minimal root disturbance.

This is the first year I have tried autumn planting’s off broad Beans so I’d be interested if any readers have had success with this technique?

3 thoughts on “Parsnips, Peppers & Beans

  1. I’m so jealous of your off-season peppers! Is your greenhouse heated?

  2. No, not strictly. If the nights get frosty I use a couple of tea lights with a terracotta pot placed over them. This knocks out enough heat to keep the greenhouse just above freezing. My aim is to try and over winter them if possible?

  3. Yes, I have had success in starting my broad beans in autumn. In fact, I think they do better this way. Someone else pointed out that their autumn-sown beans were less prone to black fly and I would concur with this.

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