Thursday, July 18

Fruitful July

Martyn has fairly regularly posted photos of our harvests on his blog but I thought I'd just give you a flavour of our July pickings.

Although we are starting to come away from the plot with a few vegetables it has been the fruit that has dominated. Picking fruit although very worthwhile is a very time consuming job. In past years the preoccupation with harvesting would have meant that the weeds  took the opportunity to take over the plot but our weed control fabric experiment has kept things under control.

So to our harvests:
8 July 2013

11 July 2013
13 July 2013
15 July 2013
17 July 2013

The birds - especially the blackbirds - are not impressed at the amount of fruit that we are picking. Most harvesting sessions are accompanied by their indignant squawking.

Although we do eat lots of fresh fruit much of what is shown above has been made into compotes and placed in the freezer to give us a taste of summer throughout the rest of the year.



27 comments:

  1. I am stunned with your bounty. And really, really hungry.

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    1. I hoped you managed to find something to stem that hunger Tpals

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  2. They're great harvests. It won't be long until the veggies are surpassing the fruit.

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  3. I love photos like that! Such abundance. It must be so satisfying for you to pick all that lot.

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    1. It is Mark but also very time consuming compared to gathering vegetables

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  4. Just wonderful.. all the hard work is so worth it!
    Julie :o)

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    1. The hard work is the picking Julie as I think growing fruit is generally less work than growing vegetables.

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  5. Very impressive.Given the glut of veggies that my plot is now producing I'm going to give more of it over to fruit.
    How do you make your compotes?

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    1. Growing fruit is also worth it cost wise when you consider the price in the shops.

      I don't know whether ours are officially compotes but there is half the amount of sugar to fruit and then cooked on the hob until soft. Takes about 10 - 15 minutes depending on the fruit used.

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    2. David - I should add keep stirring especially until the sugar is mixed in

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  6. You have done well with your crops. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you L to be SS

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    2. I can't wait to have crops like that one day!

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    3. It will happen quicker than you think

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  7. What a bountiful harvest, such a lot of fruit, delicious, bet you are enjoying your dinners at the moment.

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    1. We are Annie - we are fruit lovers so the more the better!

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  8. Oh WOW!!!! You just need a fruit and veg barrow now and you'd make a small fortune. What a wonderful colourful harvest....wish I could get my teeth into your fruit!xxxx

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    1. Only for our teeth, Snowbird ;)

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  9. Good grief Sue, that's amazing!! Your photos look like some of the beautiful fruit market stalls I've been ogling here in France! Wonderful crop :)

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    1. Maybe I could get one of those ice cream trays and set up shop then, Anna. The courgettes are starting to produce now so soon I'll be looking for victims to take some off my hands.

      Hope you are enjoying France - whereabouts are you?

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  10. Wow! These photos make my mouth water. I love summer fruits.

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  11. What a fantastic harvest! Super job you've done!

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    1. Thanks, Kelli. I hope today's rain hasn't bruised the remianing fruit too much

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