Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Fruit of the Garden - August's Harvest

August has almost escaped us so it seems time to give you the summary for the month. We have had our first tomatoes and sampled our salad potatoes. I also lifted all our onions and garlic as some of them had completely died back.

Red Onions

White Onions

Garlic

Shallots

More Shallots

We didn't plant any carrots but this still turned up whilst weeding!

Salad Potatoes (Pink Fir Apple)

Courgettes

Our first tomatoes. Ever. Third year lucky (and first year with a conservatory)!

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  1. Fantastic crop. I tried shallots from seed, with little success. Sets next year.

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    1. Thanks. The long thin shallots in this years crop came from planting Tesco's Finest Shallots! We removed the flowers when they got the wrong idea and they seem to have done okay. Hopefully they'll taste good too...

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  2. I think that's a success. Your shallots definitely look better than mine. I've grown a couple of buckets of Anya potatoes this year, an offspring of Pink Fir Apple and I'm so impressed with them that I may try Pink Fir Apple themselves next year. Well done on the tomatoes, home grown taste so different to shop bought.

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    1. There is something very satisfying about a tomato that has travelled less than four feet from plant to plate! The small shallots worked fairly well but I have had to water from really early in the year. The banana shallots all went to seed - I thought shallots were not supposed to do that but I am clearly wrong. My parents grew Pink Fir Apple when I was growing up so there was a certain amount of reminiscing. The garden centre having them in the fill a bag for £3 section was what truly determined our spuds for the year. I will get round to writing about all our spuds later in the year.

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  3. I envy your tomatoes. For the first year ever, we had none. Everything rotted on the vine. I think potatoes are going on the list for next year. I remember growing some years and years ago and thinking they were glorious.

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    1. We've had a run of bad luck with tomatoes the last few years, combinations of bad weather and planting them late due to moving house, so its really satisfying to finally get somewhere with them.

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  4. Wonderful to have all those onions, garlic and shallots!
    I love home-grown veggies - yours look great!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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    1. Debating what to do with all the onions now. We could just use them up in meals over the next few weeks and month, but I'm also tempted by caramelised onion chutney :)

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  5. I love your tiny little carrot!! :)

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    1. It was a very funny surprise to pull it out of the ground when trying to clear anything that didn't look like lettuce!

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