Monday Harvest – 17th November 2014

My first harvest this week was something of a bonus, coming from self seeded broad bean plants.  My lethargy last Autumn was so great I sowed nothing but happily my failure to effectively clean up last years plants brought these.

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I ate them all myself double podded and sautéed with green garlic and feta sprinkled on top.  Healthy decadence.

And now for some more intentional plantings:

Before we left on holidays I did manage to plant a few things, one of which were carrots.  I thinned these today and shared the results with Mr 5 and the guinea pigs (Mr 5 and I ate the orange bits, Mr 5 and the guinea pigs ate the green bits.)

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The other thing I sowed before we left were radishes.  They grew a lot more quickly than the carrots:

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This will be my lunch.

Note: my son’s wrist is not injured – the bandage is a fashion choice…..

My only other harvests this week were herbs – mint, parsley & oregano.  But before I go two other items.

  1. Check in to Daphne’s Dandelions for other Harvest Monday posts
  2. Can anyone tell one of my readers what is wrong with her tomato plant?  I’ve given her general advice like watering, but not over watering, and to ensure the plant is well fed with the right nutrients etc but I’m not sufficiently well versed on diseases to know what is wrong with this plant.  Any ideas?

Tomato disease

The reader posted this on my Facebook page:

I am a beginner tomato gardener and I have some issues with my tomatoes that I cannot figure out and thought that you might be able to give me some advice. My tomato leaves are drying and breaking off. They are not turning brown but just getting dry and breaking off. They are getting only morning sun and are not too exposed to the sun. 




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13 Responses to Monday Harvest – 17th November 2014

  1. Bek says:

    The tomato looks like it has blight to me. It’s a fungal infection so I’d treat it with a fungicide from buntings and try to only water directly into the pot, not on the leaves as this can spread the fungus spores. I’d also pull/cut off all the infected leaves and put in the bin, not compost.
    Love the broad bean harvest, no effort, great result. Yay!

  2. Bek says:

    Bunting = bunnings
    (Damn auto correct)

  3. We are now only harvesting broad beans from the freezer 🙂
    As for the tomato – if it gets morning sum this could be falling on damp leaves which would magnify the effect and scorch, It is difficult to sat from the photo though.

  4. Daphne says:

    That is one big radish. And don’t you love those surprise crops? I occasionally get them and love the things I don’t have to work for.

    • Liz says:

      It was an Easter egg radish which normally don’t grow nearly that big for me. I was quite impressed with myself for growing it.

  5. Jo says:

    What a bonus, harvesting broad beans which you didn’t plant, and your radish is a whopper. My rabbits love the tops off carrots, they prefer them to the carrots themselves. Are the tomato plants being overwatered, or could they have suffered from wind damage? Those are the first things that spring to mind.

  6. John Westwood says:

    Is the tomato Pot bound? Maybe Repot with fresh mix ?

  7. john westwood says:

    Just back from a ( another ) trip to Uk and have confirmed my belief that supermarket tomatoes here are flavourless rubbish as are most of the potatoes.
    Do you know hwerei can get Dutch Wilja potatoes. I had these in Uk and they had Taste .

    I am home growing tomatoes from a variety of seeds harvested from various supermarket varieties to see if its the soil/ fertilising/forcing/refrigeration that makes the difference

    • Liz says:

      I’m not familiar with Dutch Wilja potatoes, although now I’m intrigued. I’m loving your experiment – I would love to know how you get on! I find that you can get OK tomatoes at the supermarket on occasion (not Spring) but they are expensive, small and in a lot of plastic, I do struggle to find anything good about the ‘truss’ ones they sell though – truly flavourless.

  8. KT says:

    Your tomato needs some tough love. Trim off the bottom 4 – 6 leaves. Give it a cup of potash (I just use what’s some out of the fire). Fertilise it once a month and make sure it gets enough water.It should come good.

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