Monday Harvest

This week has been more of the same really – lots of lovely summery things.  Cucumbers of all shapes and sizes – the last one has a very odd lumpy bit, but I think I’ll forgive it and eat it anyway.

The last of this current batch of potatoes, we have been eating potato salad, new potatoes with herbs or crushed potatoes every other day.

 

Some more tomatoes (harvested early to avoid mouse attack), cucumbers and beans:

  

I am getting a fair few cayenne chillies at the moment.  A handful or so each day which I am either eating or drying for future use.  The other varieties are looking like they are about the start over the next week or two.

Otherwise the harvests have mostly been about salad leaves or flavourings; some lettuce and mint for salads, celery, and aromatic herbs for stock.

And another salad mix; basil, sorrel, lettuce, capsicum, spring onion & cucumber. 

I noticed today that the eggplants are starting to set fruit so perhaps there will be something new to photograph in the next few weeks.

For other harvests from all over, join in the fun at Daphne’s Dandelions.

Share
This entry was posted in Summer Harvesting and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

29 Responses to Monday Harvest

  1. L says:

    Your cucumbers look lovely, and look! a red capsicum – you *are* doing well!

    • Liz says:

      I’ve been super pleased with the cucumbers this year ditto that particular capsicum plant which is one I brought through last winter so its fruiting a lot earlier than this years lot which frankly are not yet even flowering – arrrrgghh.

  2. kitsapFG says:

    It all looks really delicious. Cucumbers are late summer season crops for us and it is always a short window for us to enjoy them before the cold fall rains arrive and take down the plants. They are considered a bit of a treasure as a result and savored while they last.

    • Liz says:

      Thats interesting – mine seem to grow well in partial sun – they get about 5 hours per day and seem to appreciate it.

  3. Daphne says:

    What a nice colorful harvest. Cucumbers would be so wonderful right now. I do have pickles that I’ve been eating, but not the crispy cukes of summer.

  4. Whatever the shape it will be delicious. It such a shame so much good stuff goes to waste as the supermarkets don’t accept produce that is of an unconventional shape or size. Criminal really.

    • Liz says:

      It is shocking – I have to say the Aussie supermarkets are bad in a great many ways but they don’t seem quite as shape obsessed as their UK brethren, although I suspect its only matter of time – whenever I hear someone who works for them interviewed on radio they have a particularly suspiciously British accent, so I reckon they’ll catch on to all the tricks soon.
      Incidently that particular cucumber great – its bump was entirely the nice fleshy part – not many seeds at all.

  5. Bee Girl says:

    What wonderful harvests you’ve had this week! Those cucumbers have me longing for warmer days! My favorite drink in summer is ice water with cucumbers and mint…it’s like a little piece of heaven ;-)

  6. Wilderness says:

    Everything looks so yummy. My mouth is watering for a good fresh cucumber or tomato. Love the celery. I am trying it for the first time this season and have no idea where to begin or when to start it.

    • Liz says:

      I sow my celery indoors at the end of winter/start of spring in seed trays which get moved outside to a covered (but not heated) tray when the temps here are about in the 60s during the day and 50ish at night. When the seedlings are big enough I pot them up into 10cm pots before planting them in the garden. I find they work well as a pick and come again crop and I don’t blanch mine although I am thinking of experimenting with blanching to see what difference it does make.

  7. Leanne says:

    The chillis and peppers, can you just freeze them? I used to do it with chilli’s I bought, then I would cut them up while frozen to throw in stir-frys or curries, but I don’t ever hear of anyone else doing, just wondered if you have ever done it.
    YOu are getting so much from your garden, mine is showing the lack of time I spend in it.

  8. Barbie says:

    Definately eat it! Planted mine this week. I don’t know if I can tolerate the next 2 months wait to get the first fruit. LOL.

  9. mac says:

    Beautiful and varied harvest, can’t wait to plant peppers and tomatoes.

  10. Norma Chang says:

    The days are getting longer which means spring is around the corner which means playing in the dirt. Your harvest looks so fresh and yummy.

  11. Rick says:

    Beautiful harvest!! Again I’m super jealous!

    I don’t know what your views are on getting rid of your mice problem. If you lean towards terminating the little varmints I could send you a picture of a trap box my son built that contains several traps. The traps are protected from the elements and the dark box attracts the mice. The box also keeps other animals out include your cats, dogs or chickens.

    • Liz says:

      We’ve tried snap traps inside a dark box before – but thinking about it that was for rats (it was singularly unsuccessful in catching any) – perhaps we should try again for mice. I do like the idea of a box with multiple traps in it – if one doesn’t get ya….

  12. Michelle says:

    Oh you poor thing, rodents in the tomato patch, I know just how frustrating that is! I would so love to have a homegrown crunchy cucumber right now. I’ve been buying 1 local greenhouse grown cuke every week at the farmer’s market, it’s just not the same.

  13. amazing harvest…your potatoes are beautiful. I need to get some started.

  14. Barbara Good says:

    I picked my first two cucumbers this week, two very oddly shaped ones and a little early, but wanted them off the plant before we went away. Did you watch The People’s Supermarket? I always think of that when I see bendy or odd looking cucumbers. Love the rest of your colourful harvest as always.

    • Liz says:

      I missed People’s Supermarket – it did sound interesting though. The mainstream British supermarkets do have an obsession with straight fruit – personally I was always amazed by the beans….ridiculously (or should that be suspiciously) perfect.

  15. Robin says:

    I am so jealous of your wonderful harvest! What I wouldn’t do for a fresh tomato and some fresh beans right now! I’m sure you will feel the same way when we are harvesting them here! Enjoy!

  16. maryhysong says:

    What a great harvest. Very difficult here to get lettuce at the same time we have peppers and tomatoes! It just gets too hot for the lettuce, though I’m going to try and see how long I can keep it going before it turns bitter or the seeds stop germinating…

    • Liz says:

      Well are blessed with a fairly mild climate. I do grow the lettuces in the shade though they certainly wouldn’t stand up to being grown in the sun.

  17. Your harvest looks wonderful!! :) I can’t wait until spring!!! The weather keeps teasing us here. It feels like spring already, but it probably won’t last. Not sure what is up with this year.

    Lynn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>