A quick six on Saturday in between cooking pancakes for breakfast.
This week I decided to move on with my life and harvest the end of the tomatoes rather than wait for the last of the green ones to ripen. We have a few warm days left but I find if they ripen so slowly then they end up as bad as supermarket purchases.
A very modest harvest from a Charlotte potato plant. They did not do too well as they were not really watered much while we were away; I think that makes a big difference. Though I will never argue with any amount of new potatoes fresh out of the ground to eat (with butter, of course).
A sweet potato plant was in the same section as the tomatoes (I don’t water the tomatoes so as to avoid splitting) this plant was moved because it was in the shade. That might have affected the potato harvest but as I was expecting none – a meagre harvest is better than that.
Beans, beans and more beans; ‘Lady Di’ to be precise. We couldn’t keep up with the picking so I let them go to seed. I thought that we could eat then as soup beans but I was recently told they were only good for next year’s sowing and inedible (or at least not tasty – let me know if you know different – I still have tens of pods to harvest) so they will form part of the #seedcircle2018
Rosehip from the allotment; for rosehip syrup. The harvest is supposed to occur after the first frost but as I am in London and we don’t really have much ‘first’ frost, I read you can put them in the freezer over night for the same results. The freezing is supposed increase the ‘juice’ production but this is my first time so I won’t know.
Also, from the allotment a single pumpkin and an unplanned one at that. We planted pumpkin pie pumpkins and sweet potato pumpkin squash and we got not a single fruit. This one appeared over night; so much so I asked my friend if she had planted a seedling in the asparagus patch. We decided to leave it to see what it would be. Twitter has diagnosed it as a ‘Crown Prince’ but as it was a volunteer who know whether it is really pure blooded; it might taste terrible.
Lastly a look at my garden before and after; it always looks so different in the height of summer verses the end. It feels like starting again from scratch which is both sad and happy for me. I took out the tomatoes and sweet potato as I said above and still have another sweet potato and cucumber to harvest/pull out. I sowed seeds that I purchased for winter this year from rare seeds in California.
I put in (from left to right) two types of carrots (‘cosmic purple’ and ‘muscade’) the first was a free packet from rare seeds and the other is a blocky short type that likes cooler weather hopefully.
‘Sanguine’ lettuce, a colder weather butter lettuce with red spots of colour; two types of beetroot, albino type and ‘Shiraz tall top’ because the leaves were supposed to be good to eat so if the root doesn’t form its not a complete loss.
‘Tokinashi’ turnips, just because I have never tried turnips before so thought it would be a good winter filler. ‘Chinese Red Meat’ radish, a large winter storage radish – just because. An a couple of plants of ‘Hilton’ Chinese cabbage (for making kim chi) and scarlet kale and Swiss chard.
And now it is raining so I didn’t even need to water them in.
That is it for this week; I haven’t been blogging much between gardening and holidays there is less time to actually write about what I have been doing. For more six on Saturday head over to the creator The propagator and catch up with others