There have been a couple of firsts Down on the Allotment in 2014. I grew Oca this year, it is pretty easy to grow in that it just looks after itself. Another big bonus is that the tubers seem to be quite hardy under the soil in Winter - so anything at this time of year under frost and snow is worth growing.
But the thing I am most proud about is growing carrots! My heavy London clay has always meant that carrots grown in the soil were always forked and mis-shapen. This time I took the time and effort to sieve a couple of square meters of soil and add lots of sand and grit. Didn't thin them out for fear of attracting carrot root flies - just left them where I sowed the seed.
So on Christmas Day (with the help of my furry kitchen assistant) we had home grown carrots for the first time! Wishing all my blog readers a Happy New Year!