Friday, August 31, 2012

Apples - poor year

This year has been terrible for the harvest, if you can even call it that!Out of thirty plus trees the number of apples left on the branches is countable on one hand *sighs* Between the high winds and heavy rainstorms the trees have been stripped bare at each and every turn. Don't even dare to mention the thieving saluki, who unbeknownst to us had been reaching up into the trees and plucking apples, and then running around with them like a ball. In fairness when I saw her running about I thought it was a tennis ball - same vibrant lime green! Ah well next year maybe........

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Still harvesting

Still continuing to pick 5 kilos of tomatoes most days - may have over planted this year lol The peppers are finally growing larger but still stubbornly green. The chillies are abundant and everywhere, but also stubbornly green. Hoping for a seriously sunny September. That said I am all out of kilner jars.....

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Galway Roses

I know I should really know the names of these roses, they are just under the blanket umbrella label of old English roses. The perfume from them is glorious and fills the area by the polytunnel. The garden is not just for growing vegetables and herbs!

Not roses but todays crop of tomatoes ranging from fat plum varieties to beef and cherry. All thrown into the same pot and now in freezer bags awaiting room in the freezer. Still tons left over for another batch of chilli chutney, gonna have enough to last the whole winter at this rate, still tons of tomatoes and chillies to come. Happy days indeed....... 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pumpkin, chilli harvest pickle.

With sooo many tomatoes literally falling off the vines I decided that it was time for the first pickle to be made. This is usually a few weeks later into Autumn but the produce is ripening thick and fast and aint about to hang around for the calendar to keep up. This is a batch of b/c grades - not about to waste the delicious tomato and basil salads!

 Same goes for the pumpkin - not about to hang in for Halloween - at least there were plenty of seeds in this one.

 A before it is cooked just about to bottle up now....and boy does it smell gorgeous.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Harvesting daily

Organised chaos - honestly !! Ok ok, so just chaos.....

One of my favourite herb beds, interspersed with old English roses, just the best for cutting. The fragrances are something else, intermingling and coming and going in intensity at different times of the day. 
The pumpkins are small and miss shapes but the second generation are sprouting ready for Halloween.
Not too sure which variety of tomato this is - but they are looking awesome! Putting the pumpkins in the shade lol