I don’t have much to say this week. As you can see from the photo, harvesting is in full swing at the moment, and looking very colourful. This is just a selection of what we harvested last weekend. Lots of potatoes, still masses of plums, tomatoes (last harvest before the blight fully spreads), yet more lemon cucumbers, romanesque broccoli, and the first fresh borlotti beans for podding. Also, in the little dish are nasturtium pods which I have pickled to use like capers (see charlottsgarden.com for advice on this) and a few chillies that have been grown at home.
I also received some more lovely courgettes from my very kind allotment friend.
My freezer is stuffed to the gills, my collection of glass jars is almost out and the space on top of my kitchen cupboard is now full with jars of pickles, jam and chutney. We’ve been coming up with ever more inventive ways to use up potatoes, chillies and tomatoes, preferably all in one dish. And yet to come are more of the above, along with squashes, carrots, parsnips, raspberries, blackberries and the first leeks. It feels pretty good right now to breeze through the fruit and veg aisles in the supermarket, though I’m sure the checkout staff must think me very unhealthy. Little do they know I couldn’t be more opposite, I feel great for all this fresh organic produce, and the fresh air of gardening certainly helps too. It’s so smug inducing isn’t it?
How are your harvests going?