Sometimes I really struggle with getting the timing right for my harvests. With things like tomato it’s easy peasy – it’s red, it’s ready. Lettuce is good to go when it is all leafy and it’s really easy to pop a leaf in your mouth to taste it just to make sure it hasn’t gone bitter. Zucchini is simple – it’s got to be bigger than a finger and smaller than a marrow. Although I have to say that I have more than my fair share of marrows to get through because I missed a zuke or two. Having said that, the kids actually prefer marrow – cut into rings and roasted. I don’t think they know marrow is just a big zuke, so please don’t tell them!
Corn is tricky because it has to have those dark brown tassels, but just how dark do those tassels have to be? I think I may take the risk and have some for tea tomorrow, so if they need longer there should be another 56 cobs that can have a harvest reprieve.
I left the Brussels sprouts a little bit long, but I’ve never grown them successfully before so wasn’t exactly sure when the end point was. Now I know… it is earlier than when I harvested them this time. But the goats enjoyed the mountain of trimmings which was significantly more than what was actually edible.
Gherkins always blind side me. One day they are too little and then next they are way too big. I think I have only managed one jar this season of petite whole gherkins, the rest are mostly sliced into stick shapes to fit in the largest jars I own.
Don’t even get me started on the ones that grow underground. How can you even begin to see how they are doing? Well with spuds the only way to really know is to count the days, I planted four varieties and duly marked the harvest dates on the calendar. The Jersey Bennys were dug up after 100 days on Christmas day to complement a wonderful festive meal. The Heather variety was revealed thirty days later and on the whole were large and tasty. Today was the turn of the 150 day varieties, and yes it has been 50 days since Christmas. Where does the time go? I dug up 12.5 kg of Summer Delight which were also big fat spuds and 12.5 kg of Red Rascal that was odd because there were just as many big fat ones as there were teeny tiny ones that will be cool to roast and use instead of popcorn for a winter movie night. I can’t wait!
I still have loads of other things in the garden waiting to be harvested, but I seem to be suffering from a bottle neck. As soon as I harvest something then I need to act immediately or the quality deteriorates and I might as well buy my veggies from up the road at the fruit and veggie store. But things are coming ripe together. I have beetroot and chillies both vying for my urgent attention. I guess tomorrow while be another kitchen gardening day and the gherkins may even get a look in.
Come again soon – there is one thing that is better than harvesting – eating!
Sarah the Gardener : o )