Members adventures in the Vegetable Patch all year round
I really like early, fresh, rhubarb. When it's old it tends to get woody or just boring.
Once it gets going I'll cook a big bowl and save some to add to stewed apple the next day. Usually a bowl of stewed apple in my fridge, it goes with anything.
An excellent year for plums, both Czar and Victoria. Pick to eat. Picked to freeze. Picked for my daughter. Picked for my charity stall on the verge. Given up now, the bees and butterflies are enjoying them so they can have the rest.
There are boxes of James Grieve in the porch. The Worcester are ready to pick (but I prefer JG so they can go on the verge or to dance club and choir when we go back. Good crop of Brambles, and a big job stopping them taking over.
Found a little treasure today. A handful of ripe strawberries that neither birds or slugs had noticed. Strawberries and ice cream for tea then.
I was thinking about my fruit tree harvests but my garden is so overgrown (I've not been down to the garden at all this past 12 months alone, never mind the 2 years when I was working from home and felt the need to prove I WAS working ...) A patch of brambles took hold in the bed by the glass greenhouse and is now completely blocking the access past the chicken runs. The brambles are even taller than the shed and I can see from the back door that they are full of ripened fruits. In the distance I could see the elders were heavy with fruit too (damn, I bet it would have made a great elderberry port) So I wouldn't be surprised if the birds are really fattening themselves up in my garden.
I managed to buy winter pansies yesterday, so this morning they have been planted up. If I had thought earlier, I would have bought seed.
My hanging basket petunias are very leggy, with very few blooms, but I am hoping to overwinter them in the greenhouse.
My two rose bushes in the back garden are blooming, but on the east coast it is becoming quite autumnal.
My one remaining apple fell before I could pick it, and the birds had made headway with it so it was not worth saving.
Sounds like my garden. I spent over 2 hours today chopping brambles and pulling nettles in a tiny corner of the orchard, where I thought there was a long forked pole to replace the washing prop that broke. Mind you, I don't know how long before that one snaps. Jim cut it so it must be over 6 years old.
And I had to have several sessions before i could get down to the other end of the garden to pick the damsons. Never got as far as the loganberries this year, must have a go at that side of the pond.
But all the apples coming ready - they'll keep me busy for months as I planted a succession.
In fact, by the time I'd carried it through the orchard to the washing line the fork had broken off. So I have a useless 10' pole.
But at least the brambles have been checked in that corner.
Still a few strawberries ripening, but only one at a time, so I nibble as I pass.
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