It's always possible to find something to eat — these Oca stragglers dodged the main harvest last month, and are sufficient for the basis of a meal.
It's also time to lift the remaining parsnips...
There's one crop I can always rely on for mid-winter greens, even in sub-zero conditions — the much maligned Three-Cornered Leek (Allium triquetrum). I think it deserves some discussion, so here goes...
Here it is growing in my autumn raspberry bed, making productive use of the available winter light while the raspberries are still dormant. In late spring, they flower, then die down just as the raspberries are overtopping them; an elegant and efficient bi-crop arrangement.
|Flowering in mid May|
Personally, I find it easy to control by eating its delicious flowers, and knocking out any unwanted seedlings in late autumn before they have formed bulbs, but I could see that they might get away from anyone that doesn't own a hoe.
Plant it if you dare, manage responsibly, and enjoy plentiful mid-winter supplies of fresh oniony greens... ...or head for the supermarket and pick up a little something flown in from Kenya. The choice is yours.