I had a slower week this week harvest-wise. The weather has started to feel really wintry with temperatures in the mid to high teens, lots of grey skies and a fair bit of drizzle. Not the best weather for either gardening or harvesting. I did still get out and cut a few things though. The cavolo nero is cropping well, although you have to wash it well as the aphids seem to like it as much as I do.
I pulled the remaining few watermelon radishes this week to make way for my kohl rabi. I hope I like kohl rabi as much as I’ve enjoyed the radishes. I also pulled a few beetroot that were being overtaken by the rapidly expanding Calabrese broccoli. I am eating a lot of them grated raw in salads.
My chillies and capsicum harvests slowed considerably this week although they are still noteworthy due to including the first of the long cayenne. Or at least I think they are long cayenne. My father bought some seedlings this year called ‘long cayenne’ but they were different to these with much shorter fruit. My fruit are about 20-30cm in length and a good 1cm in diameter. Has anyone grown long cayenne that were that long? I saved seed from a fruit I bought from a farmers market and forgot to ask what the variety was called.
Also in the above basket is the first of the latest crop of Tahitian Limes. I have quite a few on the plant this year with more setting at the moment. I love how productive limes can be – mine is growing on dwarf root stock and is in a 40cm pot at the moment and seems happy and well….Touch wood….
My final basket this week is a bit of an odds and sods lot. A bunch of basil, a very overripe eggplant to save seed from and my first ever home grown celeriac. The celeriac is just a baby really – I have larger ones still in the garden but this one I planted accidentally in the wrong place thinking it was a parsley seedling. I’d left it for a while but the area was under fertilised and I wanted it to grow other crops so out it came. I braised it with some lentils and it still tasted great despite being such a meagre specimen.
That’s all from me harvest-wise this week. Head over to Daphne’s for more.