It’s been a weekend of tidying up and harvesting. Pre-autumnal blight, mildew, snails and caterpillars have hit the garden so I’ve been trying to retrieve some blighted tomatoes, mildewed peas and chomped beans and broccoli before autumn really sets in. This weekend’s harvest included:
the first and, almost, only carrots, I grew these in a pot to try and combat the slugs and cats. They’ve done rather well but sadly there are only a few more to look forward to.
the first and only aubergines. I know, they are a bit pathetic. I’m not sure why I bother with them but they make quite nice plants and I’m forever hopeful that one year I’ll get a decent harvest
lots of beans and courgettes, rainbow chard and other green things. More of these to come though
Yet another giant marrow
The first of the plums and autumn raspberries. I think it’s going to be a plum glut year so lots to look forward to here;
The first tomatoes. Now this is a little sad. I harvested one red one the other day but we ate it before I got the chance to take a photo: carefully carved into four and shared around the household. These, on the other hand, have blight so had to be harvested green before it spreads. There are lots more green ones hanging like grapes on the plants so it’s a race to see if the sun or the blight gets to them first.
What to do with all of this?
We ate the carrots and beans with a main meal.
I made all the green stuff and the rainbow chard into soup, had some for lunch and froze the rest.
We gave some of the plums away to visitors and ate the rest of the plums and raspberries just as they were.
I put the lonely aubergines and the broccoli on a pizza – that was rather good and felt like a good way to appreciate the aubergines without them being lost in a bigger dish.
And I made three jars of courgette pickle and five of marrow pickle. I added the green tomatoes to the marrow pickle and I’m sure they’ll be fine in there. I cut back the mildewed peas and the blighted tomato plants, picked a lot of caterpillars off the broccoli and evicted tons of snails from the beans, courgettes and tomato plants. Autumn is round the corner but there’s plenty left to look forward to in the garden.