I have been away on holidays for much of the past week so apologies for general silence on my part. Before I went away I harvested the last of the shallots.
Whilst my shallots didn’t do quite as well this year as last I was still pleased with my crop as I didn’t really given them the care, attention or position they deserved.
I also harvested all the ripe Tiny Tim Tomatoes:
As well as quite a few cucumbers which I promptly turned in to Bread and Butter Cucumbers. So far I’ve turned 1 kg into pickles – I think I’ll need to do another 4kg before I’ll have a years supply (better feed my plants….).
I also harvested all the zucchini’s on the plants and gave them to my mother.
Of course when we got back 4 days later there were many more – how did this happen in 4 days?
Also in the basket are two Catalina pickling cucumbers and one Summer Dance cucumber.
I also came back to find more ripe Tiny Tim tomatoes, a few Broad Ripple Currant, an almost ripe Yellow Boy (pickled early to elude rat attack) and that the Black Cherries and Tommy Toe, that I picked half ripe before I went, were ready to eat. I am tactically harvesting early as anything which vaguely looks like its about to change colour is getting devoured before I get to eat them. RIP Rouge de Marmande crop…
What the rats seem to be leaving alone is my rocket (which I think I will have to mow as nothing else seems to be keeping it in check…), my red onions, lettuce, the cucumbers and basil.
I have been harvesting pesto quantities of basil for the past month now – pasta with pesto is one of the few meals my whole family will eat so long may it continue.
For other harvests head over to Daphne’s. Meanwhile I’m off to pick up my partners brother and sister in law from the airport. They’re over from England – hope the heat wont prove too much for them – we are having quite a warm summer here – although Melbourne has been comparatively mild compared with much of the rest of Australia. I hope the weather isn’t too extreme whereever you are – whether that be hot or cold.