After several weeks absence we managed a visit to the plot on Sunday with a certain amount of trepidation. Would the gales have swept the greenhouse and shed away? We were fairly confident that we wouldn't have any serious damage as a plot neighbour, concerned over our absence, rang us after the worst of the winds and he would have certainly let us know of any real problem.
Less certain was whether we would have anything left to harvest. Unfortunately we had missed our cauliflowers and the chrysanthemums had just about finished flowering but we did come away with some goodies.
The harvest collection isn't as photogenic as usual as we decided to take most of the vegetables home almost as they came out of the ground. We have found that root vegetables seem to keep for longer this way.
One disadvantage is that the condition of the roots isn't as obvious and so we harvested a bucketful of carrots. We have more carrots left in the ground but thanks to slugs nothing like as many as usual. You may remember that our first two sowings were munched into oblivion and the third sowing was relatively late.
The parsnips growing alongside the disappearing carrots fared better - slugs obviously don't like them as much. We still have quite a few in the ground but you can't count your parsnips until they are out of the ground can you?
It was very dry when the leeks should have been planted out and so they went into the ground late and are much smaller than usual. I don't expect that they will grow any more now so we will just have to use more at each serving.
Did you spot the cabbage in the harvest group photo? It's just peeping out from under carrot foliage and chrysanthemums - an oversight of whoever arranged them but I do have an excuse at the moment being visually challenged. I'm using the same excuse for the photo below. The cabbage has ended up looking like a vase here.
Disappointingly our red cabbages didn't fare well. They also were late being planted and consequently the plants became leggy and struggled once in the ground. I am hoping that we have some of last year's braised red cabbage left in the freezer.
We do have sprouts that fortunately hadn't blown. They may look a little ragged but then again our homegrown ones always do and will be fine once the outer leaves have been removed.
Finally although the yellow and the pale pink chrysanthemums were over, I managed to pick some red and dark pink flowers. I've cut back the other two plants in the overly optimist hope that they may produce more flowers but don't realistically think this will happen.
I am linking to Harvest Monday over at Happy Acres