Monday, 9 July 2018

Red Gooseberries and Wild Strawberries

The weather in the UK is sweltering and I have been spending quite a bit of time in the allotment garden plot  in my shorts - mostly weeding, but delighting in what has been a better year for me in relation to vegetable gardening.  I am getting there slowly and enjoying the fruits and vegetables of our labour.

Here is a glimpse of some edible colours in my garden 
Heavily scented red roses - I am drying some to garnish homemade cakes.
A bowlful of red gooseberries.
Wild strawberries and traditional strawberries. Not enough to make strawberry jam, but plenty to enjoy with yogurt, cream or in a pie!
 Rocket also known as arugula growing well in pots. 
 More Lettuce from the garden
Most of my broad beans got destroyed by black fly, I only managed to harvest a small pot. The potatoes were a bonus gift from last year and made for a lovely meal for two. 
Rhubarb was the first vegetable we harvested from the garden and stalks have been shared with neighbours on our left and right side. I have also made a Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie and it was delicious.  Blog post coming soon. 

I am sharing this post with  Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave over Our Happy Acres

18 comments:

  1. Gooseberries rarely if ever show up in American markets, so I'm not sure what they taste like. Wild strawberries would be a real treat.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Mae, you rarely find them in the UK markets, the one place you will find them are farmers markets and specialist greengrocers.

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  2. The rhubarb and strawberry pie sounds yummy! The rose is stunning too. I love the smell of a good rose.

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    1. The roses are fading now :( I will share the pie soon on my blog.

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  3. How neat to see what others are growing from across the pond! It's nice you still have some beautiful lettuces growing. Mine went quick with the hot weather!

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    1. Thanks Shawn. After blogging the lettuces, yes they did bolt, some of my Swiss chard is going that way too :(

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  4. Your garden is growing well!
    I'm afraid the blackbirds got most of my gooseberries and currants before I remembered to net the fruit. We're having a good crop of strawberries and hope for blueberries soon.
    I made elderflower and rosepetal cordial...something I think I'll try again, with longer steeping for flavour and colour, and darker roses forthe same reason.

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    1. Thanks, but on another peak today we have blackfly and they are creeping on my courgettes and even some of the pole beans. We won't get blueberries this year. Oh i am envious you got to pick elderflowers, i wanted to make elderflower cordial too, but never got round to foraging for it and nor the wild garlic this year :(

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  5. Oooh, Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie! Wish I had a slice. I'm surprised by you beautiful arugula, mine usually goes straight to seed at this time of year.

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    1. Michelle, it was Deelicious, I will share it on the blog soon. My arugula is starting to bolt, so I am making the most of it

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  6. This weather is crazy! But I'm glas it's encouraged you back to your allotment.
    We hope to have our first spuds this week, but like you, our broad beans have been rather disappointing

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    1. Yes it is very crazy at the moment.
      Sorry that your broad beans have been a disappointment, hopefully the tatties will reward you

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  7. It has been so hot! Your garden produce looks delicious and very fresh. Mini Bite has been eating most of our raspberries straight off the bush but I have managed to pick and enjoy some myself.

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    1. Thanks Kari. our raspberries are being nicked by the birdies, I don't mind really - so pleased mini bite is enjoying them.

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  8. Hi Shaheen. Lovely to have an update of your edible garden. Always enjoy your blog

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  9. so impressive - glad this year is kind to your garden - I had expected the hot weather would mean you are watering like crazy to keep your plants alive but maybe it is not too hot. I love the lettuce and rocket in tubs - might be a good one for me to try in my pots.

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    1. Thanks Johanna. Each year it gets better and I feel a little on top of my garden space. We are watering, but late in the evenings, the vegetables are coming thick and fast now. I always grow my lettuces and rocket in tubs, it would get so lost in the weeds if it was in the garden plot :) PS sent you an email.

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