Thursday, 7 July 2011

Lots of rain this week has helped

Since Monday we've had rain every day, which has certainly helped.
Not only is 1 rain barrel 3/4 full, but as you can see here the Courgettes have swollen.

Here you can see a Round & new Yellow variety that we are growing for the 1st time. We have grown the round type for at least 3 years now, and makes a great addition to stir-fry's when sliced up.

Hows this for a whopper Onion, had great success this year, I planted well over 300 Onions, both Red & White varieties, and I would say 98% have taken, not all as big as this one, but still good sizes.

You might think 300 is a lot, but with a son who's a chef, he uses them a lot in his cooking, and its less than 1 a day for a year.

Most of the summer fruit is coming to an end now, but as you can see here the Red Currants are ready for picking, my wife makes a lovely Jelly from these.

But we do still have Blackberries, autumn Raspberries & late Rhubarb still to harvest.

I have started to make Raspberry & Rhubarb wine, so will Blog about that soon, it is currently fermenting away in 2 demijohns, so will make about 10 bottles.

So far, since 8th of June, we have harvested:
27lb of Strawberries, 18lb of Raspberries, 9lb of Blackcurrants & about 1lb of Blackberries/Tayberries, but still more to come.

And finally the Peas have started to fill out, they took a while to get started, but now as you can see they are ready to harvest.

The Mange Tout are coming along nicely too, sorry no photo, we only pick what we need as they don't store too well, unlike Peas which can be frozen successfully.

Thanks for reading/returning. Ian

1 comment:

  1. Ooooh - these all look really good! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx