Another warm, sunny day and the soil is just perfect for digging. My Purple Sprouting Broccoli
plants are extremely small, having suffered in the long, cold Winter. The purple florets are just perfect right now, and very, very tender.
Digging and weeding is hard work. Bind weed, dock roots and dandelion roots are everywhere. The benefit of a freezing Winter however, is that the soil is fantastically friable. By that I mean that the heavy clods of London clay have been broken up by the act of the ice crystals while frozen. The soil breaks up beautifully.
So, in preparation for a Sunday lunch of roast rib of beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes.. and of course fresh Horseradish sauce
. Be prepared for Horseradish
to become a thug and spread everywhere. You must also be prepared to dig down at least 2 foot to get it up! Having done all this, the ferocity and strength of fresh horseradish sauce is one of the great pleasures (and pains... if you sniff at the wrong time) of gourmet gardening. Bon Appetit!