Monday, 8 July 2019

Broad Beans and Red Gooseberries

Last month I shared the first of my strawberries and the last of the chard from the garden plot.

Today, I share a small harvest of goodies from the garden.
Here are some broad beans, some strawberries and a good handful of raspberries.  
And most of the red gooseberries. I managed to get to them this year before the birds did. 

If anyone has got any sweet recipe ideas for red gooseberries, please do let me know. 
Now a quick peek to see what else is growing, of course more raspberries.  I have to say, these are much tastier than those I harvested last year that lacked flavour. We've been eating them with Greek Yogurt.
Blueberries coming along.  
In the greenhouse we have tomatoes, still a little way off.  We are not growing any fancy tomatoes this year, which I am a little disappointed about as I do like to try some heritage variety, but just was not organised enough.  Plus our good neighbour got himself a new hobby which included a greenhouse is growing a number of heritage tomatoes.  He is even growing goji berries.  He has been bestowed these plants by a friend of his who grows unusual vegetables and heritage variety.  Am I jealous - of course not - yes I am a little, I want his friend to give me some. Truthfully though, we get on well with this neighbour, he is the one that gave us cherries and the reddest eating apples I have ever seen. So I am really pleased that he is enjoying his new hobby. 
Here are some broad beans - more ready for the picking.
The peas are coming along now, there are pods if you look closely. 
And finally climbing beans in purple, yellow and green, as well as runner beans.
You can't see it here, but right in front is the courgette patch, the gold/yellow variety.  I think I will have harvested my first courgette come the weekend. And forgive me for the make shift cane toppers which also includes a empty bottle of wine and beer.  Well someone stole my terracotta pig cane toppers that I haven't got round to replacing them, so I am doing a bit of reusing.
And finally this Echinacea belong to D.  He bought it for the bees, as if our garden doesn't have enough bee friendly plants! No I am really happy about it.  I marvel at how its grows. 

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres for Harvest Monday.  

10 comments:

  1. I admit I am a bit jealous of your red gooseberries since critters did get most of ours. And I love the bottle toppers. I have seen folks make bottle 'trees' out of colorful wine bottles. We have lots of echinacea planted here and I have to say both the bees and butterflies love it. I doubt a garden could have too many pollinators anyway!

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    1. Thanks Dave, no need to be jealous. Your garden is far more glorious than mine :) And yes, I agree - one can never have too many pollinators!

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  2. All your crops look wonderful. You must have a very good plot of land situated to get just what they need.

    Gooseberries are totally absent from the markets where I shop. I think they were prohibited in US farms for a long time, so no one would know what to do with them. I'll be interested in what you find out.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mae. Its not as big as my allotment plots, and I could not live off the land, but its a good size garden turned over completely to growing veg. I am still deciding what to do with the gooseberries, it may end up just being a relish of sorts - but hopefully I will be a bit more creative with it

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  3. I am quite jealous of your raspberries and fascinated by your neighbours plants (have never seen fresh goji berries). Also fascinated by the echninacea plant - it is for cooking or just for admiring (and bees of course - love it)

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    1. I have never seen fresh goji berries either, but his plants are tiddlers at the moment - be a long time before they produce! The echinacea plant is purely for the bees and admiring.

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  4. Gorgeous! I would love some of your berries. Thanks for the photos!

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    1. Thank you so much e. I'd be happy to share some of my berries with you, proving I get to them before the birds do! :)

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  5. Looking good! As it seems to be the time for envy... I am envious of your tomatoes as ours are still in the flowering stage...!

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    1. Thank you Belinda. Time for envy...indeed. I think we will be picking the first either later today or def. tomorrow! I hope yours come through soon too

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