Yesterday, I harvested the 2nd and last row of parsnips. These were slightly better than the first:
Rowan and Anneke used buckets; Dad used a wheelbarrow.
I spread the leaves out on the garden. I’ve read that if you mix the leaves into the soil right away, they actually cause a deficiency in the soil as the microorganisms work to break them down. However, leaving them on top means the decomposing happens on top of the soil. I will look at them in the spring, and if there are still quite a few that haven’t decomposed I’ll actually pull those off before getting my soil ready for spring planting. I might be creating more work than necessary here, but I hate to leave the ground bare and exposed all winter long.
(That orange power cord is for our Christmas lights, so we’ll have to pull that out later.)