Friday, 17 July 2009

Reap the Harvest

Well, not been posting for ages as been so busy. We have been on holiday - bliss - and had children's parties and been getting ready for the invasion of the builders. Again.

I have been harvesting mainly rather than planting. And of course weeding.
We have been eating, in no particular order:
Peas, mangetout, runner beans, climbing beans, tomatoes, cucumber, cherries, peaches, potatoes, carrots, beetroot, lettuce, cabbage, kale (this year and last year's), calabrese, caulis (the purple ones are fab!) onions, garlic, marrow, courgettes...

The deer got in while we were away, ate loads of beans and lettuce and parnsips leaves. It even went IN the greenhouse and munched a cucumber - the cheek! So the deer proofing continues. And the chickens escaped - really glad I missed it really! Think they missed me as I am out there with them all the time giving them weeds, and worms etc!

Am planning to sow basil and parsley on the window sill. A last row of carrots and radish. And some cabbage.

We had bizarre weather while away, scorchio for 2 days then hammering down with rain for 2 days. I lost some plants and the peaches got damaged. Ended up with 2 out of the 40 I had before I went away but boy were they the BEST peaches I have ever eaten!

At Nanna's I have planted a row of peas and mangetout, and been harvesting courgettes, marrow, and runners. The borlottis are heavy with beans but I am leaving the on for drying and using over winter.

Think that's it for now.

I had fun with some of the veggies - Louis thinks I am a bit bonkers!