Monday, October 3

Unexpected bonus

At the beginning of the week, our harvested was smaller due to us having been away from home for a couple of days.
26 September
We picked a few remaining tomatoes from the garden greenhouse. The mystery yellow ones should have looked like the ones on this seed packet.
When I made enquiries to the seed company, they sent a replacement packet to make up for the mistake but I really was trying to identify the yellow variety. With their supplier insisting the seeds were correctly packaged I doubt that I'll ever find out. I wonder if someone somewhere ended up with small red tomatoes when they were expecting yellow plum shaped ones.

The ones below were a second batch from the garden greenhouse but I am not expecting to pick many more.
2 October
Before we went away we picked a few things either for immediate use or that would spoil if not picked.
29 September
The mildewed courgettes that I cut back have produced a small number of fruits so I picked a couple before they grew too big.

We are still picking yellow raspberries although more are now being spoiled by the weather. The berries don't tolerate wind or rain very well.

The apples were windfalls but indicated that the Egremont Russet were ready to harvest which as you will see I did when we were back home. 

When I was picking up the windfalls, I noticed a bonus. Planted down the edges of one of the fruit beds are alpine strawberries that were grown from seed this year. They have bulked up well.
As I bent down to pick the apples I noticed some small red patches amongst the green - ripe alpine strawberries.
These went well with the raspberries from the plot and some grapes from the garden greenhouse.
On Sunday we decided to harvest all the remaining cobs from our sweetcorn. 
The kernels were stripped off the cobs and bagged at the plot and arrived home ready to go straight in the freezer.
We also picked all the apples from out small Egremont Russset tree. 
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The tree was loaded - we harvested about 8kg (about 17.6lbs) of fruit in total from this tree. I left on any very small fruits or ones that wouldn't come away easily.
2 October
The cauliflowers are coming thick and fast now and we are hoping some of the curds will hang on for a while until we need them.

In the plastic bag are some manky looking peas from the late sown plants. The plants and pods are not a pretty sight but still the peas inside are just fine.
The dark patches are reflections from the container and not blemishes.

Today I am linking to Harvest Monday over at Dave's blog  Our Happy Acres

28 comments:

  1. Lucky you having all those russet apples! I'm very fond of them, but you can only get them in the shops for a short period each year. Maybe they are only grown in the UK? Re the yellow tomatoes: Isn't it odd how suppliers of wrong/faulty goods so often seem to insist that they are right and that the consumer knows nothing?!

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    1. The russet apples are delicious, Mark. The seed company were very good and said that they had received quite a few complaints. It was their supplier who insisted that the seeds were packaged correctly which was why they couldn't tell us the variety. Some of us on our site are in a group that orders seeds together and someone else had the same happen.

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  2. All fab Sue. The garden has almost finished here for this year. A few raspberries and alpine strawberries and that's it. Your yellow tomatoes look a little like 'yellow pear' don't they? A similar thing happened with one of my brothers bought plants x

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    1. I remember you saying this before. Jo maybe the same supplier provided the seeds to the grower. I wonder whether they accepted that those seeds were wrong.

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  3. Are the little yellow tomatoes tasty? What a marvelous harvest, the corn does look lovely!xxx

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    1. Yes they are, Dina which is why we wanted to know what they were,

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    2. I do hope you get to find out! That must be so frustrating!xxx

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  4. Those strawberries look really yummy. I harvested our sweetcorn last week, there wasn't a lot, I'd only planted one block, so we ate them rather than freezing and they were good.

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    1. Just a pity we didn't have many alpine strawberries this year, Margaret but hopefully next year when the plants have settled in. You do need quite a lot of plants to get a reasonable amount of berries.

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  5. I had a russet apple tree at my old place (I forget the cultivar) but it didn't crop like yours does. I bet the tree straightened up after the apples were harvested. I've gotten several 'mystery' veggies this year too. It seems to be more prevalent here, or else I'm buying seed from the wrong companies!

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    1. I think the branches may have developed a permanent weeping habit, Dave.

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  6. Impressive collection of fruits and vegetables ! I love the yellow tomatoes !
    Greetings

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    1. The yellow tomatoes are striking aren't they, Ela?

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  7. I'm still impressed with your corn. Do you not have corn earworms over there? Or do you have some magical technique to keep them away from your corn? Your apples look delicious and that's an interesting tomato mix up. I once got some kind of hot pepper seeds when they were supposed to be a sweet bell pepper, I'm not a big fan of spicy, so I was not happy about the mix up.

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    1. I'd never heard of corn earworms, Julie, I had ti Google them. Just another pest that we have to hope doesn't make the trip across the water. I bet that pepper was quite a shock to your taste buds.

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    2. I may need to relocate!

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  8. That's enough apple to sink a ship! ;)
    Someone will be picking up red tomatoes and wonder like you too! hahhahaaa..
    Beautiful harvest!

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    1. I think they be more disappointed than us, Malar.

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  9. Your russet apples look just like my Asian pears.

    First time I've ever heard the term "manky". My Alpine strawberries, the white ones that are yellow, are manky this time of year.

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    1. I'm glad that I could increase your vocabulary, Jane :-)

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  10. Lovely harvest! You have so various tomato there. The strawberry looks unusual.

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    1. The strawberry is a woodland variety that cam be found growing wild in the UK, Endah.

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  11. Great harvest and that's still a decent amount of tomatoes for October! Really great!

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    1. That's just about the end of the tomatoes, Lotte

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  12. Well, of course I am incredibly envious of that tree overloaded with apples...I really hope that my baby trees eventually produce like that. Figures that the tomato company wouldn't admit their mistake - I have a feeling you are spot on and someone was scratching their heads this summer when their yellow tomatoes turned out to be red.

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    1. I think we had the better surprise, Margaret. We got the more unusual variety which was maybe more expensive seed.

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  13. I haven't dared strip back any sweetcorn yet! Like you enjoying the extended tomato harvest.

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    1. I think our tomatoes are just about done, Mal. Maybe just one or two tiddlers left

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