Monday, 15 August 2016

Courgettes, Blueberries, Nasturtium and Leafy Greens

Its been over a month since I last participated in Harvest Monday.  

Last month I shared strawberries from the garden, today its misshapen courgettes: green and yellow.
And there is plenty more where they came from.....

Ready to harvest the first beetroot from the garden.   It looks like its going to be a beauty.


Lots of salad greens including Lollo Rosso
We've also been tucking into our nasturtium leaves and the edible flowers.  I recently made some savoury Turmeric pancakes.  I have a number of other recipes in mind too, so watch this space if your looking for ideas and inspiration. 
We are still waiting to pick my first lost of runner beans, though our neighbours have been picking them for over two weeks. 
Blueberries have been fantastic this year, last year I only got a handful.  This year, around 500g and there is more to pick.  
 I have had to net the blueberry bush as a cheeky Thrust was diving into them and gobbling them.
Plenty of raspberries coming along too, except I have barely had any to eat as the birds have been getting to them well before me. 
What is it with these birds, you'd think we didn't feed them enough with fat balls and seeds!
Some of the plums are beginning to ripen too and some are still rock hard.  
In the greenhouse, the tomatoes plants (only two of them sadly) but better than none I guess seem to be doing well.
 I am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres ;
What's growing in your garden and what have you made with it?

18 comments:

  1. I'd love to make those pamcakes!

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    1. Thank you Adi, I liked them too, you should give them a go

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  2. Looks like you have lots of goodies coming in from the garden! The turmeric pancakes sound interesting, and the recipe sounds yummy. I'm always looking for ways to use turmeric in the kitchen. I love it in rice, and added to stir-fried veggies. It's amazing those nasturtiums all volunteered! I confess I have never tried the leaves, though I have eaten the flowers.

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    1. Thanks Dave, yes slowly but surely we are getting something the garden for not much work. You should try the leaves, though I recommend younger leaves than the larger.

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  3. What a lot you are harvesting - what a delight. I've not grown yellow courgettes, something I must try, they look so good. I am growing round ones this year and getting quite a lot of meals off them. I have the same problem as you. Despite feeding the birds copious fat balls, seed and nuts, they are still going for my soft fruit. I will get my first harvest of Morello Cherries this year and darned if I was going to let them get them. They are well netted and I think ready to pick. Hopefully enough for a small pot of jam...

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    1. Your so kind Gwenfar.
      I love growing round courgettes too, love stuffing them - but don't have any this year.
      OOoh you have Morello cherries, so envious - good job there netted like my blueberries, I ain't sharing them either.

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  4. You are such a green thumb shaheen - love all your produce (as do the birds it sounds) - we have strawberries planted so hopefully they will do well

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    1. Johanna, your kind - I have hardly been a green thumb this year, been terrible since I moved back to Wales. But I keep saying I will get there and fall in love with my garden. Hope your strawberry plants reward you

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  5. Hi there, love your blog as it gives me lots of ideas and inspiration :)
    So far I have cooked 4kg of toms, made spicy cooking base, lasagne base and next on the list is soup.. all for the freezer, I also have courgette cake and pasta sauce..
    I have frozen my fruits (gooseberry raspberry strawberry and blackcurrants) to make jams and jellies, along with blackcurrant vodka ( alcoholic ribena..lovely)

    The wasps have sadly taken over the greengage tree, so have only managed to get a handful of them this year, ah well have to find a better way of getting rid of them next year.
    Can't wait to see what else you do with your produce

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    1. Thank you so much,
      Oh so envious to read that you have tomatoes!!!! We have only two plants this year, Look at my blog post last year
      http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/shades-of-tomato.html
      So a little gutted but our fault not being organised.
      Do you have a blog link, I'd like to have a nosy and repay the compliment.

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  6. What nice produce! I love the summer harvest so much, different courgettes, berries, tomatoes, so great!

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    1. Thanks vegHog, hope you having a good holiday

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  7. I understand your frustration with the birds, not only do I have to net my blueberries but any tasty greens as well. I just had to cover the kale because they discovered how tasty it is. They'll go after bean leaves, and cucumber leaves as well. Your Turmeric pancakes look good, but I will have to try something other than nasturtiums since mine always die in the summer.

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    1. Thanks Michelle.
      I am surprised the birds went for your greens, but then i remembered collared doves in my garden tucking into kale once when I grew them. Last year our problem with brassica was the white cabbage butterfly, but we don't have any brassica this year. Do try the pancakes with soft herbs, hope you Enjoy

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  8. Wow what a gorgeous harvest! I'm still waiting for most of my produce to produce! But I've had a fair few blueberries and dug up the last of my potatoes! :)

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    1. Thank you Susie, Your doing good - considering that you have not long moved into your new home. It will get better with each year, for sure

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  9. I love that you call them courgettes. I learned to call them that in French, but where we live, in English it's zucchini which isn't a very pretty word ;)
    Your gardens are wonderful!! You are growing so many things. The edible flowers are so pretty. And the berries!! I really admire your gardening skills.

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    1. Kimmy, I actually love the word zucchini - so its interesting to read your perspective. I have been a poor gardener, but am getting back into it slowly

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