Its been a warm week here with another one forecast for next week (albeit slightly cooler). I do like to have a couple of proper heat waves over summer otherwise I feel a bit cheated. I don’t always enjoy the really hot weather but I’d miss it if we didn’t get any. The forecast for tomorrow though is mild so I’m hoping to spend a bit more time in the garden which is looking a little distressed due to; not just the heat but our complete lack of rain.
One advantage of the heat is that the tomatoes the rodents missed (they seem to have vacated my garden for the time being) are ripening:
The above basket contains Tigerella, Rouge de Marmande, Yellow Boy, a number of Black Cherries and a couple of Burnley Bounty as well as some Mini Mama Capsicums.
My peppers seem to be enjoying the heat – provided I keep the water up to their pots. They are all setting fruit and I am harvesting a few each week. Below is an Alma Paprika, a couple of Hungarian Yellow Wax and a Purple Beauty.
I finally bit the bullet this week and pulled out the zucchini. I’ve loved having it but it was starting to smothered more and more of my other crops and I felt it was time for it go. In the process of pulling it out I harvested a number of small zucchini’s and flowers which I later stuffed with a herby rice mixture.
My most prolific crops at the moment are beans, particularly the Majestic Butter, Bonica eggplants and Lemon Cucumbers.
I had quite a few very similar basketfuls this week but I’ll try and show restraint not post too many of them today. Instead I’ll include a basketful of herbs which I haven’t photographed much of late. At the moment I’m harvesting a lot of basil, parsley, mint, oregano, thyme, tarragon, chervil and spring onions.
As well as the European herbs I’m cutting quite a few Asian ones. Below are a Kaffir Lime and leaves, some lemongrass and Thai basil.
Finally, a winter crop – the Cavolo Nero seems to thrive in all seasons here and I have to say I really enjoyed the quiche I made with this lot this week.
For all things Harvest related head over to Daphne’s Dandelions and I will be back tomorrow with a Top 5.