Monday, August 24

Seeing red

The tomatoes are ripening well now but it is the cherry ones that are providing the harvest and the larger varieties staying resolutely green. 

We continue to enjoy fresh salad leaves and mini cucumbers although this week the leaves have come from lettuces grown on the plot.

Wednesday's harvest

It's the time of year when you have to take care when picking fruit as the wasps are homing in on any signs of ripeness. Plums are a particular favourite. They will also soon move in on the apples. We inherited a row of cordon apples with the plot and can only guess at the varieties. We think that the ones that we are picking at the moment are Discovery. 
These are still not fully ripe but ripe enough for us to enjoy if not the wasps.



We are now picking autumn raspberries which have merged with the summer fruiters to provide a seamless raspberry harvest. Joan J always provides us with a good crop despite she and I being in constant battle with bindweed. The yellow All Gold tries to complete but the berries are soon damaged by wind and rain.

After a poor start the runner and Cobra French beans are providing a good supply of beans. The yellow and purple beans are slower to get going.


Thursday's harvest




The sweet peas are providing us with lots of cut flowers but for some reason most of the stems are short. The problem is that I don't know whether this is down to the variety or this year's growing conditions.

Sunday's harvest
The nectarines fell off the small tree in the greenhouse. Although they were very juicy, the flavour still hadn't developed. On the other hand the greenhouse grapes are as delicious as usual.
Earlier we had been picking Oullins Gage plums but on Sunday we started to harvest Marjorie's Seedling. These proved to be not quite ripe and so the rest will remain on the tree a little longer. Hopefully we will spot when they are ripe before the wasps do!

The thornless Loch Ness blackberry is very prolific with many of the berries being huge.
We had intended to stay longer on the plot on Sunday and harvest more but we were seriously rained off, as you will see if you visit Martyn's blog. We did manage to collect a few things before the heavens opened. 


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

32 comments:

  1. A bountiful harvest indeed! The crows are getting my apples, then the wasps are next in line. What to do with under~ripe apples? Although I've not been able to grow anything this year, my neighbour sold me a huge bag of assorted vegetables on Saturday so I'm getting the next best thing. I made a lovely summer stew, and I'll be sharing the recipe suggestion mid week, so keep an eye out as you might like to try it.
    What do you do to preserve all your tomatoes?

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    1. The wasps are now at the greengage which I am unhappy about as I lobe greengages. Look forward to the stew recipe, Debs

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a delicious harvest! Those apples and grapes look delicious, my fruit is doing much better than my flowers this year! Your sunflowers are looking very jolly indeed, mine are lagging behind, at least we won't have to do much watering this week!!

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    1. Welcome Katie, I reallt like the mini sunflowers and so do the bees

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  3. Your raspberries look so good. And the blackberries--my goodness, they are big!! Those would not have made it to the house around here!!
    :D

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    1. The bonus is that no thorns mean no scratches when picking, Sue

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  4. I taste tested an apple this morning (Worcester Pearmain) and it was pretty much ready. Yours look delicious, whatever variety they are. My beans are doing well, I think some of them might be Cobra, and also some Blue Lake, a new variety to me, but very prolific. My raspberries have done really badly, do you know if the plants should be replaced from time to time? I think the canes must be six or seven years old now. They are Glen Ample (and three Autumn Bliss, which only ever did well in the really wet summer a while back). I'd definitely consider Joan J next time, I've heard good things about them.

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    1. Maybe you could try digging up a root of raspberries teasing out some healthy new shoots and replanting in a new posjtion CJ That worked for us with Joan J, I aj assuming that you have been cutting out canes of Glen Ample ever year after fruiting ahd cutting fruited canes of Autumn Bliss dowb ti the ground each spring. I think Autumn Bliss is a parent of Joan J

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  5. I have wasps by the apple trees they haven't found their way to the plum tree yet! Both will be picked this weekend for a spot of jam making hopefully. My tomatoes are the same the smaller cherry ones are ripening quickly but the bigger ones are still green x

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    1. They have now found the greengages Jo :(

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  6. Did you say "rain"? That's unusual for you, isn't it?! I wonder if you will get a decent crop from your yellow beans. I always find them disappointing. My Kew Blue purple beans are going Great Guns though - a very satisfying yield. I wish I had some Cobra though. I'll be back to them again next year.

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    1. Yes rain and heavy rain at that Mark and more tonight, We picked some Cosse Violette today. No Cobra and we grew them at first because you liked then so much,

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  7. Lovely harvests. I love that photo with the bean trellis in the back and the sunflowers in the front. It is just perfect.

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  8. Some great results and lots of nice looking fruit. The vase with the sweetpea... I can almost smell it! The sunflower border is lovely too.

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    1. I just wish that the sweetpeas had longer stems,Kelli

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  9. The cherry tomatoes and the yellow pear tomatoes are starting to ripen - finally!

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    1. We usually seem to have a wait Daisy but we tend to plant later than many people

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  10. Beautiful harvests. Lucky you to inherit some apple trees - the apples look beautiful & I'm sure they were delicious, even if not fully ripe. it will be a long wait until we get our first apples.

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    1. The reason that we took the plot was that there were apples, red and blackcurrants somewhere in the head high weeds, Margaret. The blackcurrants are long gone but the reds and apples still provide loads of fruit.

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  11. I think your apple is definitely Discovery. They look dead ringers for those fruiting in Cathi's garden at the moment. (Mind you that was a guess too)
    Cobra is a fantastic variety of french bean, huge and succulent. I have a prejudice that restaurants always cook french beans too little - I hate beans that I call 'squeaky'. We steam them as long as the young carrots.
    We have been eating Cobra for two months now out of the unheated greenhouse and the ones outside are now taking over.

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    1. I like the confirmation that two guesses make a definite Roger

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  12. Lovely harvest, Sue! I like your fruit patches. This season, only vermilion cherry, bilimbi and lemon that get fruiting so bountiful.

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    1. Our fruiting season is short Endah so we have to make the most of it

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  13. Your produce is an inspiration to others considering an allotment or growing veg and fruit in home gardens :-)

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  14. Now that's what I would call a rainbow harvest!

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    1. Unlike a rainbow Mal it came before the rain

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  15. I've been running the gauntlet of wasps on the plum trees too! Your harvests are looking fabulous, as usual, you really should write re growing your own, I'm sure the papers would snap you up!
    I am jealous of those tomatoes, I have two turning yellow....one fine day I may get me a ripe one!xxx

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    1. I di have my website Dina that I write for when the urge is upon me I use to guest write for a blog once a month but I didn't like having a regular commitment or an editor changing my writing

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  16. Excellent harvest! The fruits and tomatoes looks juicy!

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