Monday, September 22

Pepping up Harvest Time

We pick things from the garden greenhouse as we want to use them so unlike from the plot we tend to harvest in ones or twos (or in the case of grapes - bunches).

The two Amish Gold tomatoes had split at the top but this didn't detract from the taste. This has been out best pepper and aubergine year. Some of the peppers are enormous.
15 September
We harvested a few properly ripened kiwi berries. They are no bigger than a large grape but have a distinct kiwi taste and when cut in half look exactly like miniature kiwis which shouldn't have surprised me but did.
Kiwi - Issai
From the plot, I picked the rest of the cobnuts barring one or two clusters that are still not quite ready. They are spread out drying. We tasted one or two that had popped out of the husks and the taste verdict was that they were a success.

Amongst first harvests for this week were the beetroot and sweetcorn. The Loch Ness blackberries have been a surprise as we are still picking a few fruits after starting to pick in July.
16 September
As we were going away for a couple of days we didn't gather much of a mid-week harvest - mainly just a few bits and pieces of salad crops. The cabbage, calabrese and sweet corn were for my sister.

Another first was a punnet of cranberries - we have two plants in tubs outside of the plot greenhouse that are totally neglected. Each year one fruits and the other doesn't. Each year we forget to pick the fruit but this year we haven't.

Once again I am linking to Harvest Monday over at Daphne's Dandelions.





42 comments:

  1. What a fab harvest, cob nuts, kiwis, cranberries and aubergines, very exotic. Your peppers are huge, a great success.

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    1. Only kiwi berries though, Jo we still have to crack the larger ines

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  2. I love the colours on the first photo:) Great harvest! I am successfully growing green peppers this year but the size isnot half the size of the yellow one. WOW!

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    1. The peppers are the biggest we have ever grown, Aga

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  3. All things bright and beautiful! What a colour palette! I have often wondered how to grow cranberries without a bog, now I am curious to try some myself ~ just to get enough fruit for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners would be good enough for me.

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    1. The cranberries are in a tub of ericaceous compost, Deborah and totally neglected.

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  4. When you called your post "Pepping up the harvest" I thought for a minute that you must have grown some chillis!

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  5. Lovely harvests. I tried to grow cranberries, but we just didn't get enough rain and I didn't water them. So they all died off.

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    1. It's a wonder ours aren't dead Daphne as we tend to forget about them

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  6. Such beautiful harvests! Well done! I too have a few kiwi vines, however, they haven't produced yet. They are three years old, maybe. Hopefully next summer.

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    1. Our ordinary kiwi has never had fruit yet, Amy and Rob. The female flowers but the male never has so no pollination

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  7. That is one huge pepper - and here I thought my 208 gram pepper was big! Loving those grapes too - green grapes are a favourite around here. I have thought about getting some hardy kiwi vines but I'm hearing they take many years to establish - how old are your plants? And growing cranberries without a bog is a surprise to me too; didn't think you could do that. I may try that at some point.

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    1. They are only mini kiwis, Margaret. If you are interested in reading about the vine See this post we bought it in 2011. As I have said in other replies the cranberries are very neglected

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  8. Fantastic harvest, that pepper is huge. I must check mine. I want to plant one of those kiwi berry vines, even more so now.

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  9. I'm always impressed by the wide variety of goodies that you grow. Absolutely lovely!

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  10. The grapes are very attractive. We did not get any this year as the vine barely made it through last winter. I thought it was dead but in July it started making new growth. It should be OK next year.

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    1. Is your vine outdoors, Alain? This one on our greenhouse is very reliable.

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  11. Wonderful colours and a great harvest.

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  12. How lovely your harvest looks all set out like that. The peppers are amazing, really impressive. I like the look of the cranberries, they are something I'd love to grow.

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    1. O;m hoping that we have found a pepper that suits our situation, CJ

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  13. Wow, the pepper is absolutely huge!!! It has been a good year for them and the chilies hasn't it?
    I have three cranberry bushes but I haven't any fruit....must check them tomorrow....and I have a kiwi too but again no fruit! Your harvest is simply stunning.xxx

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    1. Irthas been a good pepper year, Dina. As for the kiwis - is yours a kiwi berry Issai like ours or a 'normal' kiwi?

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    2. I think it's a normal one, although spineless/smooth .....it's beginning to wilt now, maybe all the dry weather, I haven't had time to water it!xxx

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  14. A great looking harvest! Don't you just love this time of year?!!

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  15. Brilliant harvest. Very impressed with that pepper.

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    1. we were impressed to, Patricia and its cousins are a good size too.

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  16. That pepper is really big one! Very good harvest for this year! I use to see Kiwi's skin in brown colour here. They are actually green! The grapes look good too!

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    1. Our normal kiwis have a brown skin, Malar but these are kiwi berries that are about the size if a large grape and are eaten whole as the skin is smooth too.

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  17. It is utterly fascinating to read what's growing in gardens around the planet. This never loses its novelty or charm.

    Your grapes are glorious, as are your kiwis. I was just thinking about planting some, to cover my neighbor's hideous wall. I understand that they do not need a pollinator.

    And cranberries! That's so interesting!

    Finally, I need to go look up cobnuts. I have no idea what that it.

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    1. It depends what type of kiwi, Lisa, This is Issai a kiwi berry that doesn't need a pollinator and there is a normal smallish kiwi called Jenny that is also self fertile, Unfortunately the ones on the ploy do need to cross pollinate and although they have been planted for years the male hasn't yet flowered, Cobnuts are a type of hazelnut/

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  18. Great harvest Sue! Wow... huge paprika! Your harvest make me so jealous... Love the green grapes look so fresh and yummy!

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    1. I'm hoping that we have found a good variety of sweet pepper, Endah and we can repeatrge success next year,

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  19. What a wonderful harvest Sue and so colourful... that is one mighty pepper! :o)

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    1. And sadly he us no more, Julie :(

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  20. Good grief Sue, what is the secret of such brilliantly large and juicy peppers?

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    1. I think partly variety, Janet - we grew King of the North which is supposed to do well in cooler, lower light conditions. and also Orange Bell. It;s the first year we have had such good peppers, We also grew less tomatoes which meant more space and light too.

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    2. I'll have another go with 'Orange Bell' then, thank you!

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