Late Summer Harvest

I should have taken a photo of my one perfect, delicious fig. But I ate it straight away. So here is a more accurate idea of what I’m getting out of my garden:

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I’ve not been keeping up with the garden at all. I don’t know when to pick my Golden Bantam corn, I’m either too early or too late. Even the chooks ignore it when it’s too old. Maybe I picked this one ear of corn at the right time…

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The carrots I thought I was too late on but they taste quite good. There are two varieties here – the little knobbly ones (Paris Market I think?) and longer stubby ones whose name escapes me. I’ll update this after I check in the shed. I definitely had more luck with orange varieties than the purple ones I sowed this year.

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I only planted my rhubarb last winter but the clumps seem pretty large so I thought it was safe to pick some. It’s in the oven now, using a method I read in a Maggie Beer book. Chopped in 3cm lengths, sprinkled with brown sugar and a splash of orange juice, and roasted in a cast iron casserole with lid on in a 200 degree Celsius oven for ten minutes.

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My tomato bushes seem to be dying off early this year and I feel it’s because I’ve done something wrong – too much water? Too little? Nonetheless, we’re getting plenty of fruit as the bushes grew very large and flowered profusely. Green Zebra, Tommy Toes, and ………

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Some celery. I definitely should have picked this when it was crisp and green, as it has a slightly bitter aftertaste, but the flavour is really delicious. I didn’t thin these out so they’re quite little but I think given I left them in too long it’s worked in my favour.

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There are a few conspicuous absentees. Cucumbers! And greens. I don’t know, it just got so hot and I wasn’t organised and I was a bit tired of the garden.  And there are potatoes in the garden but I’m yet to dig up to see what’s happening with them. A separate post perhaps.

And now it’s time to be thinking about winter plantings.

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One thought on “Late Summer Harvest

  1. How yum does that all look! And you managed all that without really trying too hard? I’m in awe :). With your corn, do you try the prick test (where you pierce the kernel to see if the juice runs milky or clear)? That seemed to help the most when I last grew corn. If in doubt giving it an extra day seemed to help.

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