so this is the first year I’ve *ever* managed to harvest anything from the garden. I’m well chuffed. We’ve had quite a few strawberries. The plants from Homebase (Hapil in case I forget/lose the marker thing) have done much better than the ones from the local garden centre. Must have had a couple of dozen and they’re not finished yet.
I picked some peas for dinner tonight and they were yum! I love peas. Will definitely grow much much more of them next year. They keep falling over, so I think I’ll try and fashion a chicken wire trellis thing for them to scramble up next time.
picked a couple of dwarf french beans and had them for dinner tonight. very nice.
Courgettes (surprise surprise!) are coming along too. Had a few already, but not overwhelmes as we’ve only one plant. The summer squash plants aren’t doing so good though
The wild harvest has been the best though. We keep getting lots of raspberries, although by the time I get them back to the house the kids have scoffed most of them. I’m freezing little bits at a time and hope to make jam with it. Will be nice to have a freezer bag of them too to add to smoothies and stuff for the kids.
Today we found *loads* of cherry trees out of the back of the farm and so headed out with punnets to pick them. I expected them to be really sour but the kids insisted on trying them and declared them delicious! They’re really dark cherries too. Have made cherry choc chunk ice cream tonight with them. Going out to get more tomorrow hopefully to make some pies and maybe some jam.
The tom plants are flowering. My blueberries are very nearly ready I think (although only a handful there), onions doing well, most of the potatoes are ok. French beans (normal sized ones) are growing well, but yet to flower. Pumpkin plants are huge! Only just pinched them out as I forgot and kept marvelling at their size!! Sweetcorn still plodding along. Not sure there is enough time for them to grow though. We’ll see!
Brassica are being demolished by cabbage white catterpillars Must net them next year. They make me all squeamish trying to pick them off so I’m leaving them
Thinking ahead and wondering if I should get some purple sprouting broccoli plants of ebay or something. Will feel all lost once this is over! Well I do have the new plot to dig, greenhouse to acquire, coldframes to build and leaf mould bins to build too. Not quite as exciting though I don’t think!