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The root veg and I do not usually get on. But this year we have turnips!
Radishes, carrots, beetroot...I am frightened to look at what may not be happening below ground.
But your everyday turnip rises up like a purple carbuncle waiting to be squeezed from the earth.

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Comment by Lissa on August 24, 2016 at 5:30


Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2016 at 23:49

Well, you might have seen from my video Dave.  I harvested the wicking bed. No ginger, bugger all sweet potato.  However, I got a great crop of Yacon! *Andy looks confused*

Comment by Rob Collings on August 23, 2016 at 22:48

Awesome Dave, very nice turnip.

Comment by Dave Riley on August 23, 2016 at 22:44

I don't usually fret over a single veg. I'm a swings and slides kinda guy. But my ongoing root veg tragedy has been unbearable. Year in , year out, the brutal disregard for my feelings shown by my outback has eaten at my culinary soul.

And now this: we have turnips.

If only...if only!... the other root veg would follow suit. 

Why are they so mean?

Soil too acid? Not watered enough? Topsoil too shallow? I don't pray enough?

And now this: hope lives!

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 23, 2016 at 21:59

Good sized bugga. 

Comment by Dave Riley on August 23, 2016 at 21:14

Gonna make Sauerrüben. I seem to have plenty.

Comment by Dave Riley on August 23, 2016 at 21:11

Oh I just harvested the one. I have quite a few more about the place.I know 'cause wheir purple shiners stand out among the greenery.

Comment by Cathie MacLean on August 23, 2016 at 20:30

How gorgeous is that, Dave?! it looks like the perfect turnip!  I've really enjoyed the carrot and turnip ferment I made at your place.  It goes so well with Japanese food and that reminds me that I bought the book 'Preserving the Japanese'.  It is gorgeous too.

Comment by Susan on August 23, 2016 at 18:56

I didn't even realise we COULD grow turnips here!!! And by the look of that, very successful too.  How many did you get Dave?

Comment by Dave Riley on August 23, 2016 at 16:39

'Fabulous Dave'? At the school, one child dug up a library book about 'Dirty Dave the Bushranger' and now I'm being called 'Dirty Dave'. 

I'll tell the kids I'm known is some quarters, online at least, as 'Fabulous Dave' or 'Mister Fabulous'.

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