Monday, October 27

We thought it was all over - It is now!

This week has been the end for some crops whilst others just tick over nicely providing us with fresh vegetables rather to eat than large amounts to freeze.
The raspberry canes are just about hanging in there but the fruit is much smaller both in size and quantity. 

The pears are from Invincible which tried to live up to its name by sending out a second late flowering after the first set of immature fruits were aborted. This has resulted in a few mini fruits which may or may not be edible. We have yet to try one.
20 October
The cauliflowers are in full flow and so some has to be frozen. Being under netting means that we don't bother trying to bend over the leaves to protect the curds and as a result some have developed a slight pink tinge but this doesn't affect our enjoyment.
23 October
So it had to happen. Each week we have thought that we had picked the last of the sweet peas. Well now they are over in more ways than one. The support structure blew over in recent strong winds but I did manage a final small posy and I didn't need Martyn to cut the flowers at the top of the plant. Half were left standing but wouldn't you know it? That was the half with hardly any flowers.


Lastly for this week we had a few would be volunteer potatoes. The ones below were unearthed when Martyn dug over the bed where they had been growing. They were from the bed that was most affected by blight but these tubers were still in good condition - except of course for the one that was accidentally chipped in half.
24 October
A complete list of our October harvests here.

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


25 comments:

  1. It's great that you're still getting harvests like that at this time of year. I love cauliflower but no one else is keen so we don't have it very often and I don't bother growing them.

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    1. Such a shame that you have to forsake cauliflowers, Jo

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  2. Your level of harvest now is about the same as mine is when it's in full production! Maybe you should make the caulis into Piccalilli, then the pink tinge would be hidden.

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    1. The pink disappears after cooking Mark

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  3. The harvest goes on and on this year doesn't it?! What sweet peas do you grow?

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    1. The sweet peas were a collection from Kings seeds chosen for perfume, FG

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  4. Beautiful cauliflower! Mine seem to forming heads early so I'm sure they will be rather small, I do wish I could figure out a sure fire way to grow them.

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    1. They can be tricky, Michelle but this variety - Clapton seem to do well for us,

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  5. Isn't it lovely to still be picking sweetpeas at the end of October! I went out this morning and it feels like summer once again, so with the newly dug earth in my garden, I am missing the flowers deeply.

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    1. We may have picked for longer if the frame hadn't blown down. Chel

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  6. Your caulyflowers look so appetizing, oh... mine are so poor. Too hot here and also dry, so the curd didn't formed well. And the weather makes my dahlia seedlings were dry and I can't save them. The extreme heat for my garden.

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    1. I think you are right that it is too hot, Endah. Not a problem that we have here

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  7. There's always one that gets a spade through it isn't there. The cauliflowers are fantastic. I quite like it pickled.

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    1. Especially when you thought there was nothing there CJ. These had escaped the main lifting

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  8. Your cauliflower looks great (even with some pink) - a veg I've never grown but will have to try at some stage.

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    1. The pink is quite pretty Kelli and doesn't spoil the eating. :)

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  9. Well you've certainly had a fantastic run on sweet peas....I wonder how long they may have lasted if they hadn't been blown down. Caulies....yum, that and broccoli are my favourite veg. Good to find even more spuds lurking...xxx

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    1. There were a few sweet pea flowers on the blown over frame yesterday, Dina. They gave off a nice perfume bit were too ragged to pick.

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  10. I can't believe the run you had on the sweet peas - have you been able to figure our how you managed to get so much from them this year - weather, soil, varieties??

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    1. Not really Margaret. We did buy named varieties in a good for perfume collection which was new to us. the seeds were sown on module trays and planted very closely as we had so many plants. The only thing we can think of id we picked the flowers very conscientiously so prevented seed production.

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  11. That's very beautiful harvest! The potatoes look so fresh!

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  12. Now that's a lovely haul Sue. My sweet peas have given up the ghost but I picked raspberries on Monday. As you say they are smaller now and I think that they loose some taste at this time of year. I also picked my last courgette but that was a bit of a relief :)

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    1. Our courgettes gave up a while ago Anna

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  13. Those are lovely cauliflowers. And you are still getting raspberries. Mine seem to have stopped which is sad.

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