Not a bad year down at the allotment. Had more time to spare to enjoy growing my own fruit and vegetables. It’s the first year that I have had a greenhouse full of delicious produce. The cherry tomatoes are to die for and I have had so many cucumbers that there was no one left to give them away to. The beetroot in the picture above are mini and the result of thinning the beetroot patch out. I grew three varieties of beans this year including broad beans, a green string bean and a purple string beans (i love to freeze them) The string beans cropped really well for dwarf bush varieties. We were surprised to see the purple variety of bean loose its colour in the blanching process before freezing them. The apples have been the winner this year, approx 40 apples in total. We have already made some apple sauce with some of them and are continuing to enjoy them in our packed lunches through the week.
This years gooseberry harvest was massive. A total of 15lbs in weight all bagged up into 1lb bags and frozen so that we can make crumbles through the winter. The prep took three of us a couple of hours but it was worth it. I always write the date on the bags so that when we go to the freezer for fruit to make deserts we know exactly what day we harvested the fruit.
This mornings harvest from my allotment. Those raspberries were delicious. I’ve grown so many broad beans this year, this is only the first pick of them.
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Entry 54: First Day of Autumn – Pic 1
Entry 54: First Day of Autumn – Pic 2
Entry 55: First Day of Autumn
The day has come. It’s September 23, the first day of fall. That means summer is officially over. The garden has been winding down for a while now. We’ve been harvesting, and giving away, tomatoes. We’ve got way too many.
Surprisingly enough there’s one plant that has been thriving the last few weeks. That would be the eggplants pictured in Pic 1. The whole season we’ve seen maybe 3-4 eggplants but they’ve really shown up the past week. There are 3 currently growing on the plants. This was really unexpected. My theory is that we had them too close to the cucumbers, they ended up taking over the place. But after we removed the dying cucumber plants they were allowed to shine.
The second picture shows the minestrone soup I made this week with some celery and tomatoes straight from the garden (Pic 2). I didn’t get the consistency quite right but the taste was still good. It had a ton of vegetables including, carrots, onions, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, zucchini and celery. Yum! I actually got the recipe from youtube. Let me know if you’d like to check it out!
If you ask me it’s definitely been another successful growing season. Happy havest!
Entry 54: Harvest Galore! – Pic 1
Entry 54: Harvest Galore! – Pic 2
Entry 54: Harvest Galore!
I know I haven’t posted in a while. There really hasn’t been anything worth posting. There’s a constant stream of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers (Pic1) being harvested in and I guess I felt that the same post over and over wasn’t really news worthy at all.
But this week I did harvest in all my red onions. And believe me this is news! Onions are always a waiting game. You plant them in the beginning of the season and if you want some good sized onions, like you’d see in the stores, you got to wait until the end of the season to harvest. Normally I’m impatient and end up cutting off the tops for dishes before the season’s over or I’ll harvest tiny red onions to eat during the season. This year I’ve been good and waited until we got some respectable sized onions. Check them out in Pic 2. That’s good stuff! The red onions I get are always delicious. They have a really fresh and oniony taste. It never tastes like the ones I get from the store, they’re so much better. Seriously if you’re looking for something to plant next growing season, may I suggests red onions. They are worth the wait.