Saturday, 20 August 2022

Harvesting then eating or putting away for winter!

We have a long and ever increasing list of things to do to prepare for this winter, now so more than ever. I think it will be a winter of discontent. High energy bills, ever increasing food costs, and the possibility of power cuts.

Our food harvest this week has been good thank goodness. Below is our first crop of tomatoes, a bit thick skinned due to adverse weather and the few potatoes from 2 compost sacks. I couldn't get on top of watering the potatoes but next year, hope to plant them in large buckets:

Anyhow, they gave us 3 meals. The taste of both was fantastic. Below is the second crop of tomatoes and the first proper crop of runner and french beans:

I don't normally grow runner beans and won't be doing so again. They are hard to set their flowers in dry hot weather and are often stringy even on the so called stringless versions. 

Below are 8 of the 16 red pears we grow on a mini tree. They came off easily but are currently rock hard. They will sit on the window sill for about 2 weeks when they will be soft enough to eat:

The above beans ready to blanch then freeze. My beans took 3 sowings before they began to grow, I now have all 8 up and running (at 2 beans per pole). Should crop a lot, fingers crossed:
We have completed painting and erecting the new fence panels down the drive. Now to start on the lollipop fencing. It will take an age but should be completed by halfway through September. Then the gutters to clean out, kindling to chop etc. Onwards and at times, very much upwards.


7 comments:

  1. Your harvest looks good. A couple of years ago a friend gave us some seeds of Pinto beans and we have been growing them and using them in the same way as runner beans. Here, in New Zealand, we find them very prolific and tender. I don't know if you still want to try beans but if they do as well there as they do here they are an excellent crop.

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  2. Anything that we can grow and harvest for ourselves is good at the moment isn't it. I have just splurged and bought three tiny Blueberry bushes for next year, well I can hardly call them bushes at the moment, they are twigs with leaves ... but the potential is there ;-)

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    1. My son in law loves to garden and daughter wants blueberry plants next year.

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  3. Nice food you have grown and picked. My daughter picks small yellow tomatoes when correct size and delicious. I bought some gravenstin apple this week to make applesauce with. I will make it Monday after I get off work. I need to finish prayer shawl today and get it sent this week. Hope you're able to see my blog posts too. Have a blessed week.

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  4. Runners need such huge amounts of water to stay tender, don't they, and they're pretty much at the end of their season now, I believe. I'm sorry yours haven't been good - I didn't grow any this year and I've missed them. xx

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    1. Compared to climbing French beans, they are prima donna’s.

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