The first harvest post of 2013 and its a big one. This is partially because I have photos held over from last week and partially because I have quite a few different things producing at the moment. One of these things is potatoes. I harvested a few from my main bed during the fortnight and I also harvested a large tub of Dutch Creams – pictured below. I probably harvested them a bit early but the foliage was looking a bit diseased and so I thought it best to get rid of the plants before any issues spread to other crops. I got 3kg of lovely new potatoes from my large pot so it wasn’t too bad a haul.
My shallot harvests continued this week with a few more bunches of small brown shallots being harvested. I think I will pull the remainder of the shallots – a larger red unknown variety- this week. The shallots pictured below spent much of their life in shade (either from the house during winter or from the tomatoes I planted around them in Spring) so I think they’ve done OK considering the trying circumstances.
My Black Zucchini plant is doing well, churning out the zucchinis regularly but not so many that it has got too overwhelming….yet. I made fritters and pickles with the ones pictured below.
Behind the zucchini’s you can see a couple of cucumbers – Summer Dance (thanks to Bek for the seeds) and Lebanese. I’ve been really pleased with the Summer Dance in particular – nice long crisp fruit. Miss 6 loves cucumber with salt so any I harvest usually end up in her stomach.
The cucumber in the basket below is ‘Catalan Pickling’ and I have managed to preserve a few of these as gherkins (I suspect the pictured one was eaten by Miss 6 though).
My mint is doing particularly well at the moment and I have been eating it a lot in salads.
What is doing less well are my beetroot, the remainder of my Detroit Dark Red crop was eaten by the marauding rats but I managed to salvage this one. I don’t know where these rats have been prior to about a fortnight ago but I’m really not too happy that they’ve decided to invade my space.
Although the rats have been eating my larger, and still green, tomato varieties they have left the Tiny Tims alone. They are providing us with a of handful a day which is nice but not really keeping up with my family’s needs so hopefully the larger ones will ripen soon (if there are any left…).
My one other tomato variety which has ripened to date is also a small one – I’ve had a handful of Broad Ripple Currant Tomatoes.
I like the flavour of this variety but I find the plants a little heat sensitive. We’ve had a few days lately over 38C (100F) and on a day which reached 43C its new growth died back.
I don’t think carrots like heat much either. Not so much the plants themselves but I think the flavour suffers so I pulled the remainder of the crop and ate them.
Another crop which I associate more with winter but which is doing very well despite the heat is my Cavolo Nero. Andrea at Harvest with Glee kindly dropped off 3 plants back in about November and they have established themselves really well. I have been eating from them regularly – mainly in omelettes.
I’ll finish this post with a basket which represents the things I am harvesting most from the garden at the moment. My ‘wild’ rocket is living up to its name and has colonised a good portion of my bed. The Purple King beans are providing a decent handful or two every few days. The Red salad onions are eating well. The tarragon is putting on heaps of new growth and the spring onions are being used in lots of potato salads.
Thanks again to our host Daphne for Harvest Monday’s – head over to see what else is being harvested around the world.