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, 9 September 2014

Veg Harvest

My little veg harvest over the weekend will keep me going this  week. (The only veg I bought in my grocery shop was a cabbage marked down to 16 pence / 25 US cents - a bargain I couldn't pass up.)

My harvest includes lettuce for salads and cooking apples to make dessert. I used the turnip, broccoli, courgette, kale, leaf beet, and celery in a big pot of chili. And I made celery, potato and courgette soup. All very yummy if I say so myself.

I didn't grow all this veg. Some of it came from the community growing project at Antrim Castle Gardens where we volunteer as a group. We have had a good supply of veg and herbs over the summer that we share with members and guests to the gardens. Guests do love taking a wee treat home with them (spuds, cucumber, tomatoes and such).

Happy harvesting everyone!

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  1. Aha! Kelli, I sense that you are getting the "Let's photograph our produce in baskets" bug, just like me! That lot does look very nice. Such a shame though that a cabbage, which has probably been under cultivation for several months should be sold for such a pittance.

  2. The greens looks so good, healthy, and yummy. Your will enjoy them very much.

  3. So nice and healthy to have your own vegetables! Your basket with all that green looks delicious.

  4. Such a beautiful presentation of your harvest! Working at the Antrim Castle Gardens has been not only fun but rewarding by being able to share in the harvest. I can almost smell and taste your dishes made from these veg!! Think of all the vitamins and minerals, too!