Monday, 4 September 2017

Red Harvest Monday

The weather forecasters got it right this weekend in the UK.

Saturday was blazing hot and Sunday was pouring with rain.

On Saturday, we took a day trip to Glastonbury and Sunday, was  a wash-out for the garden.  If I still had an allotment plot, I know I would have gone to it and worked there and harvested, but as its in the back of my garden, my attitude is somewhat different that which is a shame really and needs to change going forward.  But I did not waste the day, doing household chores and cooking grub in readiness for the working week which includes our lunch, so I was not totally lazy.  
As it was raining yesterday, these photographs are from earlier in the week, but I am still going to share them for Harvest Monday.
Gorgeous raspberries are starting to make a welcome appearance. I don't have as many raspberry canes as last year I cleared a section in the back garden for a bench and rhubarb plants, so will try to pick and enjoy those ripening that is of course if the garden birds don't get to them first. 

Plums have been falling because of the gust of wind and rain, but here are some that I picked and shared with my family.  
I have made a Plum Cake and also some Star Anise Plum Jam.   
I also harvested courgettes, well some are now baby marrows and others are actually marrows.  With the monster marrow you can see behind I made a Marrow and Lemon Conserve which I will share later in the week.  The other marrows will be turned into something delicious very soon.  Oh if you look closer, in the grape box I also harvested the last of the broad beans, not that I had much success with them this year - I made dip with them.

I promise to share the tall Russian Giant Sunflower with you next week as it has begun to open its petals. 
And finally I will leave you with my Kohlrabi, I had to trim them as the white cabbage butterfly had got to them.  I will harvest them soon, that is if the slugs don't get to them first. If anyone has any interesting Kohlrabi recipe ideas that are not fritters or remoulade, then please let me know, you suggestions would be most welcome. 

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

13 comments:

  1. Lovely fruit!
    Have a great week!

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  2. Your trimmed kohlrabi looked like some of my veggies after the rabbits were done with them, it was a relief to read that you trimmed them yourself! :) Darn the cabbage butterfly though.

    The weather was forecast correctly here too, first unbearably extremely hot and then a few sprinkles. The later in no way made up for the former.

    Your raspberries are gorgeous and the plums too. Looking forward to your Marrow and Lemon Conserve, my zucchini plants are very generous this year.

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    1. Thanks Michelle, Yes a bit of a catastrophe for my kohlrabi, but at least so far the bulbs are intact. Darn the cabbage butterfly indeed - next year I will have to make an effort to put netting over the brassicas.

      The raspberries are very tasty, we have been enjoying them natural with honey and Greek yogurt. I will share the marrow and lemon conserve jars soon.

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  3. That is a beautiful basket of plums! I like to cut the kohlrabi into slices or sticks and roast in the oven, which really brings out the flavor.

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    1. Thank you Dave. I will def. give kohlrabi roasted sticks or slices a go in the very near future, much appreciated.

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  4. Our raspberries are all over sadly - we must have a different variety. Your punnet looks delicious.

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    1. Oh what a shame Kari. I think they must be a different variety as I had two last year, i dug out the summer ones as they were not sweet and these are more Autumnal ones and so much tastier.Its the first year the berries are so big

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  5. I agree with Dave on the roasted and grilled kohlrabi, it imparts a slight sweetness and wonderful savoriness. The plum jam and plum cake sounds delicious, and a basket full of courgettes and marrows always makes me smile.

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    1. Thanks Phuong. I will harvest some kohlrabi this weekend after the marrows are one of course, and give the roasting and grilling a go. Here is the link to the plum jam if you are interested, I just changed the cinnamon for star anise
      http://allotment2kitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2016/08/easy-cinnamon-plum-jam.html

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  6. What a wonderful garden! I used to grow vegetables, but I am in a development and everyone sprays chemicals on their lawns and I get the run off after a rain- so instead I belong to a CSA organic farm. I'm going to check out your star anise plum jam!

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