Monday, 16 September 2019

Turning Autumnal for Harvest Monday

So it must be turning autumnal in the UK, as my most popular recipe this week was Butternut Squash Scones.  
I've been tidying up the garden plot. I pulled out the purple curly kale as it had been destroyed by pests, so no homegrown kale for me this year.  I definitely need to invest in some netting for next year, but we still have plenty of beans coming, by the way that is me picking some beans (above)
These runner beans, purple and green pole beans (and the last pea pods) have already been consumed. 
The autumn raspberries are coming along nicely, they are double the size of those we harvested last year. 
We have some brambles snaking over from the neighbours fence.  These will be snipped soon as there is more thorny vine than blackberries, and the blackberries that are growing are small. 
The pears are still very firm.  I picked up four that had fallen to the ground, I guess that is natures way of saying they are ready.  So I need to pick them all over this weekend and make something with them.  I will be poaching them in syrup - Thanks Sue .
The greenhouse is still feeding us well with tomatoes, but I am not going to share any photographs of tomatoes today, instead i share with you this chilli plant.  I swapped a courgette seedling with a colleague for a chilli seedling a few months back.  We had a catch up recently and she told me that she still has not chillies on her plant, but has courgettes.  I told her that I have some chillies.  I think she was envious, I forgot to tell her though that mine are growing in the greenhouse!
I am ending with these nasturtiums that are bringing the bees to my garden which makes me happy.  I have used some of the nasturtium flowers for salads, leaves for pesto, as well as pancakes.  I will soon be collecting the green seeds to make a pickle

I am sharing this blog post with Dave over at Happy Acres who hosts Harvest Monday every week.

12 comments:

  1. Lovely looking raspberries Shaheen and the nasturtiums are beautiful. I intend to grow some next year - I look forward to seeing your pickle recipe, which I will share with my sister who has masses of nastutium in her garden

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    1. Thanks Belinda. This is the recipe http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.com/2016/10/pickled-nasturtium-seed-pods.html

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  2. Such abundance! Your flowers and the bees make me smile, too, Glad you are keeping well.

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  3. All looks lovely and bright and fruitful in your garden - I am quite envious of your raspberries as that was my big failure this year. Enjoy the mellow fruits of autumn

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    1. Thanks Johanna
      Just made a raspberry sweet cake shaped loaf. We have been lucky this year

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  4. Still summer up here, but i must tidy the garden too... because the cold will come without any announcement! And... seriously as always!

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    1. Thanks Ephee, Garden tidy - i have lots to do in the garden too.

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  5. When I had a pear tree I always had a hard time gauging their ripeness. But falling to the ground was always a good sign as long as I picked them up promptly. No pear trees here and I never seem to get a good one at the market.

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    1. Thanks Dave. I harvested them all at the weekend as they were beginning to fall a lot more regular and glad i did, as the winds came Sunday.

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  6. Gorgeous flowers and lovely veggies and fruit! YUM!

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