"The tragic reality is that very few sustainable systems are designed or applied by those who hold power, and the reason for this is obvious and simple: to let people arrange their own food, energy and shelter is to lose economic and political control over them. We should cease to look to power structures, hierarchical systems, or governments to help us, and devise ways to help ourselves." - Bill Mollison

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Boy and His Turnips

Turnips the size of a small boy's head! It's a good thing grandson likes to eat his spinach.


LynnS said...

A few small what-nots put in a few spots and he could carry around a Mr. Turnip Head!

They look fantastic and not gnarled at all. Are you in a contest or is this standard fare? My question is do they taste tender when they're that big? Never tried one over 3-inches or so.

PS -- that boy will be bulked-up by the time he's 7. All the little girls will swoon over him!

Mr. H. said...


I wish they always did this well for us, but those are volunteers. The ones we grow never turn out that big...of course. I have no idea how they will taste.

Boy is getting pretty tough, and already quite the ladies man...and he loves every minute of it. He is certainly not a shy lad. Right now he is helping grandma make some more soapwort soap.

Stefaneener said...

What a useful helper.

One of my favorite pictures is of my two middles, stark naked, holding big carrots pulled from the garden. Too cold there for that, I assume!

daylesford organics said...

There is a great children's book about a giant turnip. It's probably worth hunting down next time grandson is over. I'll have a look for the authors' name here too. My kids love it.
Great photos. Hope they tasted good.
Sometimes my kids make characters out of the overgrown veg by sticking twigs for arms and legs etc

Mr. H. said...


It's never to cold to have fun! Sometimes in the winter we all see who can walk around barefoot in the snow the longest. Once it becomes unbearable it's off to the fireplace to thaw out your feet. We won't be trying it naked though.:)

Mr. H. said...

daylesford organics,

I'll have to find that book, he loves those type of stories. My wife reads to him every night, he has quite the collection of books.

Silke said...

I don't think I've ever seen turnips that size! I wonder if they will taste more intense than "regular" turnips. Your grandson is quite the ham for the camera ... love it! :) Silke

Anonymous said...

Those look so pretty I wish I liked turnips! I can't get over the amount of food you folks put away. Do you have a proper cellar?



Mr. H. said...


That grandson of ours is a ham for the camera. His favorite thing is to see home videos of himself. Perhaps we are raising the next Tom Cruise....well on second thought let's make that the next Clint Eastwood instead.:)

Mr. H. said...


We have a great cellar, and yes we are putting away enough for three just in case.

Roasted Garlicious said...

YUMMM for turnips... turnip roots and greens... grandbaby is handsomely strong fellow!!!

Mr. H. said...

Roasted Garlicious,

Turnips, we love them as well. I don't always have the best luck growing them but I'm getting better at it.

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