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

Monday, 8 October 2012

Oct Veg and Apple Harvest

I hit an all time record this year with my apple harvest: 15 apples! Doesn't sound like much but the apple tree is a small tree  grown in a pot. Last year I had 14 apples, so this year a slight improvement. No idea what type of apple variety it is. All I know is that it's a self fertilising tree and they taste slightly tart.

Still harvesting this month....
Above: I pulled a few carrots to eat over the weekend. Carrot seed sown in Spring were very slow to germinate and I had to resow, however, a good supply of carrots now.
Below: I'm still getting a bowl of cherry tomatoes every week which is just right for me as I'm not a big tomato eater.
The eggplant / aubergine really need eaten - all at the same time it seems!
Below: still harvesting beans.
Courgette / zucchini are still going strong as well.

View my seed list page for type of seed used and date sown.

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  1. Your apples did better than mine then. I think I had 9 useable ones. Tomatoes though - very nearly a glut!

  2. Gardening is a piece of paradise.

  3. I didn't have many apples at all usually I am giving them away by the bucketload. You are still doing well with your harvests - I don't think I will see any more courgettes this year.

  4. Your little apple tree does very well, considering that it is in a container. The apples look so perfect. Tart and nice for an apple pie. Your cherry tomatoes are gorgeous. Ours are all gone. We've had frost the last two days, so the garden is good and done.

  5. Do you freeze aubergines? I think the low temperatures last night will have finished our courgettes and cucumbers.

  6. Oh I was glad to read of your apple harvest. I have two in tubs, they were planted in the summer & I got four in total, I shall look forwrd to next year.

  7. I had a bad apple and pear year, due to the late frost I suppose. You are still harvesting a lot of things. I had last week my last tomatoes, there are still some courgettes, and cabbages and carrots in the garden.

  8. I've bought two container apple trees this year so I'm hoping that they may do something for me next year. I've got Gloster, a red variety, and Golden Delicious, a green one. My carrots have been growing in a container all year yet they don't seem to have put on much growth. I suppose I'd better see what's underneath the soil soon.

  9. Hi Kelli, we have one tiny tree grown in the plot, it produces 8 apples each year but nothing this year!It was covered in blossom back in March but then the cold weather came back with a vengeance.You have had a great harvest despite the awful summer.

  10. Hi Kelli, your apples look gorgeous and will make for some yummy pies or tarts! Your carrots turned out really good, even if they did take a long time. I have never had luck with carrots, but may try again. Now is the time to plant them in Florida!

  11. Courgettes yes, but our beans never really got going. Tomatoes and aubergines... Well done Kelli!

  12. I wish that I knew how to make my vegetable harvest extend as long as yours, amazing! Thanks for the compliments on my photos, it's just a hobby for me but I sure do love it!

  13. I only grew 3 tomato plants this year, as in past years I've always had a glut. Big mistake. With this year's weather, I've harvested just 3 tomatoes. Your harvest looks very appetising.

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