Monday, 26 October 2015

Late October Harvest

How many things can we harvest in the second half of October?

1. We are still picking a few AUTUMN RASPBERRIES. Earlier this month before we went away to Cumbria I'd been picking about 1lb every other day so after 6 days there were nearly 4lb waiting - and much to my surprise all were still in good condition. Returning from Norfolk and picked nearly 2lb - such a treat. Yesterday's three-quarter pound may be the last.
2. I've harvested the SQUASH - 12  small but valuable- (in a useful rather than monetary way) butternuts.
3. The COOKING APPLES are looking well. I picked several straight away for a crumble and now we have started putting them out for sale.
4. I also harvested the conference PEARS - it took just 2 minutes as there were only 14, and they were small. They've been peeled cored and frozen for 2 future pear crumbles.
5. I pulled some LEEKS and made 3 chicken and leek pies using just 1x 8oz chicken breast and a tin of condensed chicken soup. One pie was eaten and 2 for the freezer.
6. POTATOES are still being dug as we need them - we really need to dig up all we have left  soon. A few also went into the pies.
7. I'm going to run out of ONIONS before Christmas this year because we had such a poor crop but one of the few we have left also went into the chicken pies.It might be cheating to count these as they were "harvested" from the net bag in the shed.
8. The EATING APPLES on the early tree have been picked and are being eaten.Some from another tree are on a tray in the craft room.
9. We still have plenty of TOMATOES in the poly-tunnel, though the plants are looking very sad.
10. And the last few CUCUMBERS are hanging on - just.
11. The LETTUCE plants Col set out in the poly tunnel are growing well, enough for just a few leaves each.
12. I'm going to make a quiche with tomatoes and CHARD next week.
13. A saucepan full of BEETROOT has been cooked up again. We have some everyday with our salad/sandwich lunch. We are still pulling them as we need them but will put some into a box of sand soon.
14. We  have a lot of PEPPERS in the poly-tunnel, the plants just didn't get going during the early summer but then had more flowers late in the season. I don't think many of the peppers will turn red now and once we have a hard frost that will be the end. I've already put lots in the freezer and a few in the fridge salad drawer.
15. I've brought some BAY LEAVES indoors to dry in the Rayburn oven. I'm hoping to take our small Bay Tree in a pot when we move.
16. We tried the first PARSNIPS last week, they need a good frost to sweeten them up a bit but even so it was nice to get round to parsnip season again

16 crops from the garden and I haven't counted the KALE which I'm not keen on so it's for winter emergency use only.

Back in a day or 2 or 3 or maybe even tomorrow
Sue



 

21 comments:

  1. What a wonderful harvest you have. Everything sounds so good! My garden is pulled out and packed up now. -Jenn

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    1. We have a mild climate compared to your winters. I wonder if we will get any snow at all this winter, haven't seen much for years

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  2. Wow what a lot of great stuff! I just moved so I'm looking forward to starting my garden next year. If I can do half as well as you I'll be happy.

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    1. We still wonder why it took us 18 years before we got around to growing Autumn raspberries that are such a treat

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    1. It's lovely to have so much still available now, but that will all change next month when we will have very little

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  4. All is safely gathered in X I bloody love a good roasted parsnip me!

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    1. We love roast parsnip too, Col likes them just plain boiled but I'm not so keen

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  5. That's pretty productive for nearly November. Our autumn fruiting raspberries have been doing well too, though I have had to cut back the ones which fruited and went over, as they WILL insist on growing in the wrong places (by the path) but fruit so well it would be a crime to yank them out.

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    1. I'm amazed each year that they go on fruiting so late - provided we don't get early frosts of course

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  6. We're now eating our Kale, which I love. I only planted it in early September, and it's already producing heartily.

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    1. Kale is for emergency use here - if we have nothing else to eat and can't get to the shop for something more appealing!

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  7. Lovely list of things you are still harvesting Sue. Our onion crop did poorly this year too. David took them up, dried them well and then stored them on racks as he usually does, but when I came to use them I found most had gone bad inside.

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  8. Wow ,Thats a lot of produce for this time of yaer , It will keep you going for a long time , I am hoping to have some raised beds built next year so that i can grow some things especially salads even growing small amounts will save me lost of money xxx

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  9. A fabulous harvest! Especially to still have raspberries! xx

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  10. Its amazing that the harvest keeps going on. We have had a few raspberries too. Our squash were small and disappointing. Picked a handfull of blackberries tonight but I think it will be frosty later and that will be the end.

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  11. sounds like a wonderful harvest all around!

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  12. Me too withe raspberries. I am amazed they keep on going:)

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  13. Wow you have done so well this year it all sounds amazing ,dee :-)

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  14. It's been an exceptional autumn hasn't it.? We are picking so much stuff that would usually be finished and much to come yet.

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  15. We are in the middle of Spring here in Australia. We are picking silverbeet ( chard ), beetroot and the last of our lemons. We have bean seedlings to plant that we grew ourselves. Our raspberry plants are growing in leaps and bounds. My DH took cuttings last Autumn and he's just planted then in pots. Hoping they really take off. You can never have too many raspberries.

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