Monday, 21 October 2013

Harvest Monday - 21 Oct '13

While it's been a disappointing week losing so many of my summer crops to a late frost, my harvests have continued to be diverse and plentiful.  Here has been the pickings of the past week.

I am picking sugar snaps, yay! I pick big handfuls like the one below every second day.


My saladings are coming in now too.

I am picking 'Salad Bowl' lettuce - both red and white, lots of baby rocket, mint and marjoram.

This little cluster of greens went into a warm chicken salad with piles of sugar snaps and radishes also from the garden. It was a pretty delicious salad.

The curled parsley has been a delight too. I have been making lots more salsa verde and gremolata and am eating these sauces with just about everything.


The broccoli side shoots are still coming in but these are now declining - soon the broccoli glut that has sustained us all winter will be over.


There has been baby leeks, these ones eaten in a baby leek and baked egg dish.


The first of my second planting of cauliflower are forming heads now. This little handful is the first of that crop.


I've also picked the odd strawberry but  these are often eaten somewhere between the garden and the house and don't always get photographed...

What are you picking?

I'm contributing this to Daphne's Harvest Monday. Pop over to hers and see harvests from others' gardens.

12 comments:

  1. Those 'snaps' look so succulent. Yum. My caulis haven't formed yet - I wasn't sure if they would but you have given me some hope. Unfortunately a couple of cabbages bolted without forming anything. I must have the timing wrong for planting this stuff! There are still a few cabbages that might come to something. What do you think? Is it too late? if so, I might as well pull them now.

    My onions have bolted too. Grrr. I'll pull them on the weekend and chop them up for the freezer as they won't form bulbs now or keep - at least they won't be totally wasted and it'll free up the bed for veggies that might actually come to something!


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    1. I am really enjoying the snaps, I picked quite a haul this morning again. I think you will be ok with your caulis, mine are quite nice smallish heads. My cabbages were best in the coldest parts of the winter. As soon as it warmed up just a little the cabbages all started flowering. Even when I thought they'd be ok when I cut them open there were little flowers forming inside. I'd pull them now and see what's inside and use what you can - pickled maybe if there is too much to eat fresh?

      Bummer with the onions too. I am hoping like crazy that my French shallots will form bulbs soon!

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  2. What wonderful harvests you are getting! And so colorful! Love those radishes and snap peas! Congrats on wonderful harvest!

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    1. Oh thank you - I am LOVING the sugar snaps - I am getting so many now, more than the handfuls photographed here.

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  3. Beautiful! I miss fresh sugar snap peas. I'm sorry about your summer crops, hope you have time to get them started again.

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    1. Thanks, I think I will be ok... I have put more tomatoes, beans and eggplants in already The zucchinis and pumpkins will have a little time yet before they get out of pots. I feel sorry for the winemakers in the region who had serious frost damage to their vines.

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    1. Not wishing to sound smug, but YES! It's wonderful.

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  5. ooh, sugar snaps! I'm hoping for a bit of a fall crop this year, if I can keep the birds from pecking my plants into oblivion. Such a perfect cauliflower, lovely.

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    1. Bummer! I have a scare-cocky in the garden more commonly known as a scare-crow. Sulphur -created cockatoos are my real problem so if I can keep them off I'm ok.

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  6. That harvest look so delicious. I planted some snap peas for fall, but they never ever produce much. the spring ones are so much nicer.

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    1. Bummer! You know of course it's been your harvests of sugar snaps that got me growing them? The success I have had this spring with sugar snaps will make me plant them in winter for spring again.

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