Only a month of winter to go. I feel that this winter has passed relatively quickly – although that may have as much to do with our 2 degrees above average July than anything else…. The slightly warmer weather seems to be bringing signs of Spring along a little earlier than usual too. For instance my parsley is beginning to flower already. As a result I think I need to make sure I enjoy the winter crops while they last. This is what I enjoyed this week.
I have started to harvest from my Eureka lemon. I have also had to prune it quite hard as it has quite a bit of citrus gall wasp and I am hoping that hard pruning it will prompt enough new growth that some might avoid wasp attack this year.
The smaller fruit above is a Tahitian Lime.
My next harvest wasn’t entirely intentional. The chooks dug these up and have been banished to their pen ever since. They are cylindrical beetroot and became a salad not long after this photo was taken.
These de Napa turnips were pulled by me, rather than the feathered friends, and were used in a nice hearty barley and vegetable soup.
The calabrese is still producing handfuls of shoots. These few went into a frittata I made with our lovely fresh eggs.
I have a few remaining peppers still ripening and I am trying to cut them as soon as I notice them to give the plants a bit more energy to both fight the cold and also put on new growth as soon as Spring truly comes.
And finally for this week, I realised that despite using quite a few sticks of celery each week I rarely feature it in my harvest photos. I harvested this particular stalk because I fancied a snack – I am particularly partial to celery filled with cream cheese.
And that’s it from me harvest-wise this week. For more harvests head over to Daphne’s Dandelions.