Monday, 18 November 2013

Harvest Monday - 18 Nov '13

I can see the hungry gap from here... while I have had a diversity of things to harvest this week very soon I will be left with slim pickings - lettuce mostly and a small crop of snow peas.

But for now there is still some bounty. This week I picked some beautiful radishes, they are a really good size.

Some broad beans - they are very sweet when steamed.

A large 'Salad bowl' lettuce.

There has been small quantities of berries - strawberries and mulberries (and cackleberries too). Psst, don't tell anyone, I have also eaten quite a few mulberries straight off the tree!

I also emptied one of the temporary beds I established when we first moved here. The only things in that bed were some pathetic leeks and spring onions.

I don't think I will try leeks here again.  I have had success with leeks before but in milder climates. Here where we are a little more extreme, it's been too cold in winter for them to thrive and now that it's warmed up the leeks have started flowering.  There is not much leek to these - mostly flower cores...

Even though the same thing has happened to the spring onions, they are a quicker crop and I can plan to avoid  the more difficult times of the year  to ensure they don't bolt.

There has been a little chives, some dill, thyme and rosemary but that's been it really.

Hope you're pickings are good. Pop over to Daphne's to see her pickings and others from around the world.


  1. At least you have some red, my harvests are uniformly green at the moment. I've only got one more week of broad beans then I will be done to just leaves. One day I will sort out the succession planting lark.... Loving the look of your berries. Incidentally how cold do you get in winter?

    1. We only just get minus but it has been a warm winter AND we have had the worst of our frosts very late October! I am also lucky in that the micro environment here is pretty good. We are on a ridge - the house and the veggie garden , and so the frost tends to slip off the sides of the ridge unless it is quite severe. Still that late October frost knocked back many of my summer crops - beans, corm potatoes and a few tomatoes but I am back on the job now. I know what you mean about succession planting, I don't seem to get it right either. Oh well. there is always a new thing to learn with gardening.

  2. If you get sick of radishes you could use them on the Christmas tree!

    1. Pretty aren't they? No, I wont get sick of them. Tomorrow I am making homos specially to dip the radishes into!

    2. Your typo made me chuckle! :)

      I finally got around to sowing some radish and I'm really looking forward to them. The broad beans have been a delight and I reckon I've got a couple of more weeks before they peter out, with plenty for the freezer, too.

  3. You had me there for a moment, cackleberries, hah! Maybe you just need to find the right variety of leeks for your climate. I know they grow well here and I think my climate is very similar to yours. We get two or three frosty nights and maybe a freeze or two but rarely anything severely cold. Full disclosure, I don't grow them myself but I do buy them from local growers at the farmer's market.



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