It’s been a bit quiet on the home (kitchen garden) front I know. So here’s a quick update on some of the firstfruits…
The French beans got off to a slow start, and for a few weeks there were only ever enough for a couple each at dinner time. Now they’re in full swing so we can pick enough in one go for two dinners, with all 6 of us getting a generous portion. Dare I say, we *may* even be beginning to tire of them a little (gasp!). They take up so little space, seem to take care of themselves, and are so much more delicious (and of course so much cheaper) than in the shops – it’s a no-brainer.
Our beetroot has always done OK, but this year better than ever, and we’ve dozens. Dead easy – sow straight in the ground, thin the seedlings, leave to get on with it. Again, so much cheaper than in the shops. Beetroot soup is beautiful and delicious. Or roasted as wedges with other root veg. Or baked with goats cheese melted on the top. Or…
Cherry tomatoes are cropping well, not as sweet or firm as I usually like them, maybe it’s the variety.
Finally, 3rd year around, Joel has got his leeks. They’re not the fattest, but they are totally leekish. Leek moths are not eating them this year, we are! All 100 of them.
Various lettuces have been great, we’re on our second (or third?) sowing.
Garlic likewise has done well, so we have a good few months supply.
We have, amazingly, consumed three giant, juicy peaches this year, from the tree planted this spring.
Not the usual crop I know, but we did rather well with ducklings this year, adding 5 new ducks in total so far…. some may not actually be ducks…
What didn’t work so well
After all the time we painstakingly spent planting them out in sand, the shallots were hopeless. It was a problem with the whole batch apparently, so the nursery refunded us. A small mercy.
Our autumn purple-sprouting broccoli has been totally ravaged by the cabbage white caterpillars. No surprise there. We just have too much other (more fun) stuff to do than cleaning them all off with soapy water. (There’s hope for the red cabbages though, as they have been given the royal treatment with a meshed frame).
The much-awaited beef tomatoes (which I enjoyed in large quantity in France) have suffered from the cool, wet August and September, and are substantially blighted. 🙁
The cherries were enjoyed by the ants and the aphids. Or so we assume. Otherwise why eat them all? They certainly didn’t leave us any!
There’s a taster. How has your harvest been so far?