It's the middle of the winter here in Nelson. The gardens have been pretty well protected winter-long with a pretty good layer of snow covering it most times, and when not, it wasn't usually cold enough to do damage to root veggies still snug in the ground. Most of the snow at our elevation melted over the last week or so, but it was cold enough last night to freeze the upper inch of soil. So when we had a short window of sunshine in the middle of the day today, it was just enough warmth to thaw that upper crust.
So Laire and I went outside and dug up the last dozen or so parsnips:
We also took advantage of the sunshine to turn and amalgamate a few compost piles. Some shovelfuls were just teeming with red wigglers! Nice to see so much life during what otherwise seems like such a dead part of the year.