This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Weekend Harvests

Some home grown veg harvested at the weekend. I'm finally getting a good supply of courgettes and I'm trying to pick them small, however, it's amazing how quick they grow over a couple of days. I find salads and stir fries really easy to prepare and a good way to get crops eaten.

Harvested left:  Lettuce ‘Little Gem Pearl’, Mint (in the bowl); Courgette (zucchini F1)*Courgette (yellow zucchini) 'Soleil F1'*Spring Onion ‘White Lisbon’, Bean 'Dwarf Purple Queen'*, and a few Bean 'Dwarf French Tendergreen'.

The Purple Queen Bean have done best this year. I'm afraid my 'cobra' bean flopped and the 'Dwarf French Tendergreen' bean hasn't produced very much.

(The above indicates grown from seed.)
Onion 'Stuttgarter' - this is the first time I've managed to grow onion! I lifted them and are in the process of drying them. 
Harvested above:
Lettuce ‘Bijou’ (purple);  Lettuce ‘Little Gem Pearl’, Courgette (zucchini F1)
, Courgette (yellow zucchini) 'Soleil F1'Spring onion ‘White Lisbon’  
I've recently sown a range of Winter lettuces and am hoping they will take me into October for salad; although I do get a bit tired of eating so much salad!

The * above indicates plants grown from seed. My seed list is here

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  1. You are right about the squash. You just about have to go out every day to pick them. Yours look healthy and fresh, begging to enjoyed.

  2. You have such a good harvest, I understand you eat to much salad because vegetables are often ready for harvesting at the same time. But your pictures even look delicious.

  3. I'm not far from you and am thinking about what to grow over the winter. have access to a small poly-tunnel plot. just wondering what you grow in the winter.

  4. We're growing Stuttgarter as one of our onion crops to but it's still growing so we haven't lifted them yet.

  5. Beautiful harvest, Kelli, and your onions are especially nice and will be so useful all winter!

  6. What a great selection of vegetables. I will have to try to grow purple beans next year. Is the taste much different from the green ones?

    1. Hi Aga, I think the Purple Queen beans taste much the same as other green beans. The colour makes them interesting, however, they tend to lose the purple colour and turn green when cooked.

  7. Very tasty looking harvest!!