I have it...
I love visiting other people's veg growing enterprises..
To see what works for them; and look at other ways of doing things. I don't believe for one moment; that there is just one right; or wrong way; of making the magic happen in this business.
There are so many variables in terms of micro climate; soil types; pressure from pests or other limiting factors.
Then mix in the needs and demands of ones beloved customers; and which produce sells well in a particular area.
And not leastwise; the inclinations of the grower.
Being self employed in a less than lavishly renumerated occupation; has a few drawbacks.
So surely some leeway can be given; to operating in a way that 'feels right' and utilising methods that give personal satisfaction...?
Allowing for a sense of 'flow' even...
I imagine a systems analyst: I think I know what they do now; after having interviewed one on a train trip ; might say.
"Well this isnt such a profitable crop"
"Why are you wasting time growing that particular oddity ?"...
Well; as I've opined many times before; personally I believe that in a business such as this 'variety' is, in itself a valuable crop.
Giving the ability to surprise people occasionally -
"What on earth is this; what do I do with it?"
But now of course; thanks to the wonders of Internetland; there are a diminishing number of veg that baffle.
All the same; variety keeps things interesting; albeit challenging, on occasion for the grower.
These celeriac (grown by Cornelia... Lovely name; and person) are twice the size of the ones to be found growing on the much Sandler drier soil here.
Celeriac; as it's flavour and name would imply; is related to celery. And that vegetables' native cousin prefers a damp 'mucky' almost marshy soil to thrive..
However the intense flavour of a 'little one' more than makes up for any lack of size..
But at the same time; I can't claim, to be unenvious of this luxuriant stand of toothsome nuggets; steadily gathering goodness; for wintertime delectation..
And I call "Liar" to any herbicide avoiding grower; who claims no tiny reassurance gained from viewing others 'weedy' areas...
Pot marigolds growing in the foreground to attract beneficial insects... I rarely get round to deliberately implementing this kind of companion planting myself...
One day I might do it again... If I ever manage to eliminate the 'simple flowered' residents such as mayweed; that pretty much perform the same job here; and most likely have years worth of seeds in 'the bank' already......