26 vegetables – update

Seven months ago I used the fundraiser “26 challenge” to see if I could find 26 fruit and vegetable plants in the garden. See the results here and an update at midsummer here . I though you might like to see how my 26 vegetables got on as winter sets in. Here as they were in April and at their harvest peak.

  1. Apples Howgate Wonder have been wondrous as always – about 14 apples I think, which is not the biggest crop but they’ve been just as big as usual.

2. Apples Red Falstaff have been quite prolific – the baby one in the photo on the right, Sunset the medium sized one. The giant, is, of course, the Howgate Wonder

3. Apples Sunset – possibly the most beautiful blossom of the three varieties, the earliest and the most prolific this year. Tastes rather good too.

4. Blackcurrants – I’m not sure I have any photos of the ripe berries – there weren’t that many – but here they are in June just about to ripen.

5. Broccoli – tiny seedlings in April, taking over the bean patch in November and still producing some tiny purple florets today.

6. Broad Beans – overwintered plants blooming in April, new seedlings in May and fat pods in the summer.

7. Cherries – were at their most beautiful in April, and scoffed by a visiting blackbird in June.

8. Cucumbers – baby seedlings in April, the first crystal lemon and the last of the crop in September and lots in between.

9. Lettuces – an early crop in April, a midsummer crop in July and a late winter crop, picked by torchlight in November.

10. Onions – just beautiful really.

11. Oriental Salad Greens have done well all summer.

12. Peas – lots of varieties doing wonderfully again this year, right through to dried seeds for next year.

13. Peppers – the slowest growing vegetables on the planet – tiny seedlings in April and this, almost red, fruit, the first to ripen, complete with slug damage to the leaves, on my windowsill yesterday. There are about half dozen green ones still to come but goodness these have struggled this year – unlike my son’s pepper plants which have flourished in his flat for months.

14. Potatoes – planted in my new raised bed at the beginning of lockdown and providing a decent crop along with the allotment ones.

15. Plums – were just finishing flowering in April and produced a satisfying glut in the autumn.

16. Radishes – well there was that one astonishing monster but otherwise not a great crop, though lovely flowers as always.

17. Raspberries – have been pretty good.

18. Redcurrants – so have the redcurrants – on the right in a summer pudding.

19. Rhubarb – has been great – lots made into jam.

20. Rocket – in April we were still feasting on last year’s monster. We’ve had plenty more, enjoying the leaves and the flowers. There’s more still growing in the raised beds to see us through the winter too.

21. Spinach – I’m not sure it got much better than this plant in April but there were a few pickings for salad. This is a particularly delicacy of the slugs and snails so a bit of a battle.

22. Sprouts – baby seedlings in April, planted out in the allotment in June and first harvest last week. Lots left for 25 December and into the winter and early spring too.

23. Strawberries have been a bit disappointing – I suspect vine weevils – but the allotment ones compensate.

24. Swiss Chard – a sturdy survivor – doing well and more growing nicely for next spring.

25. Tomatoes – have been great – three varieties all ripening slowly but we’ve had plenty of red ones as well as green tomato marmalade.

26. Watercress has kept going all summer and into the autumn, though a little swamped in the overgrown pond – note to self to clear it out a bit this winter.

So there we go – an update on April’s 26 vegetables. There have also been runner beans and marrows and all sorts of joys at the allotment. I’ll provide a proper update with my annual review of the year at the end of December.

I wrote the original post in aid of the 26 challenge, which was fundraising to help charities which had lost out as a result of events being cancelled due to lockdown. I made a donation in April and I’ll be making another one today. If you’ve enjoyed this post you can too – info here – you can donate to the generic challenge or find your favoured charity if you prefer – but no pressure. You’re welcome to just enjoy the vegetables. 🙂

7 thoughts on “26 vegetables – update

  1. An impressive tally. I have just contributed to our local arts and perfomance centre fund raise. It has had no income since March. There is a lot of help needed all round.

  2. You have been working hard to produce such a wonderful variety of crops. I think you win on the fruit. I managed 21, but if I can include herbs, I can easily get to the magic 26. I think this will merit a contribution to the local food bank.

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