So many things have begun to be harvested since last GBHD in June.
I am picking and so eating so many tomatoes I think I’m turning orange. I’ve made Gazpacho and am about to make tomato soup to freeze and sauce to bottle (this is the first year I’ve decided to bottle tomato sauce so I’ll let you know how I get on and how much work is involved.
San Marzano to the right, everything else to the left
Small golden tomatoes often don’t even make it into the kitchen, they’re so easy just to eat while I’m picking
Yesterday I harvested the first sweetcorn; they were picked and cooked within half an hour and were sooooo sweet. The crop doesn’t actually look as good as other years so I’m thinking I’ll so some more and plant a second crop.
the first small but oh so sweet corn with a zucchini that hid and so became rather large and a few beans – these I’ve been picking some daily for a few weeks
Melanzane (aubergine, eggplant) are just ready now to harvest, they are different from the ones I’ve grown before, I also grew some from seed and amazingly they have some fruit so that’s encouraging, I may grow more of the vegetables from seed next year, growing more of what we really love to eat and what grows well.
Melanzane are ready now, luckily I’ve just finished using the ones I froze last year.
Peppers were ready before the melanzane this year, not sure why; but they need such a lot of water, many have a dry patch on one side but they are turning red (I only use green peppers in Gazpacho) and I’ve increased the irrigation so hopefully the new fruits will be better.
soaking up the sun and slowly ripening peppers
All the early heat is definitely making some crops suffer; there have only been two cucumbers so far usually I’m desperately trying to think of new ways to use them.
There are still salad leaves, but probably not for much longer as its too hot.
Pak-choi did very well until the flea beetle attacked, now the stems are edible but the leaves are no good, I’ll sow some again for the autumn as they were delicious and very quick from seed to table.
Before the flea beetle, must look into using mesh to stop this pest.
Strawberries are also not enjoying the heat, those planted through black plastic have scorched leaves and the fruit is very small, the ants also disrupt the soil under the plastic but I have been picking enough to eat and lots to freeze ready for jam or gelato so I’m not complaining. My raspberries are also not as prolific as other years, one reason is the heat, secondly I pruned some of them differently and am hopeful for a better later crop and thirdly while I was a way the birds found them and even though the bushes are now decorated with shiny ribbon the birds aren’t fooled and know the fruit is there!
There are strawberries almost every day
… and a few rapberries
…and best of all there are figs!
The tree is struggling and the ants are eating more than us!
Last week I harvested all the garlic, most had flowers and weren’t as large as other years but expect there will be enough to last the year.
This is about a third of the garlic
there are red onions, lots with thick necks
and lots of white onions again many have thick necks
I don’t know if it is the weather but lots of my onions had thick necks last year too (maybe it’s the wind?) some always rot during the winter, but ast year’s harvest produced enough to last until this year’s harvest was ready so I’m not complaining. This year I didn’t grow yellow onions which are supposed to keep the best but mine rotted before the others, last year I also grew shallots but I’ve hardly used them, too fiddly to peel when I’m preparing dinner so I didn’t plant them this year.
I harvested some Barlotti beans, some to use fresh and some have ripened to be suitable to store as dried beans, I may plant some more of these as I love them in soups or puréed to serve with almost anything.
I’ll link to The Gardening Blog when their harvest post is up.
What are you eating from your garden? Whatever it is I’m sure it tastes better than anything you buy in the shops; so ENJOY!