Wednesday, 10 October 2018

End of the Harvest

Over the last few days I've cleared out the rest of the tomato and pepper plants from the greenhouse and picked up the windfall cooking apples and found enough late autumn raspberries to fill a bowl.



It feels sad to have the lovely sunny season come to an end and nothing much in the garden for winter this year apart from a few leeks.

But on the plus side there are still some good pears on one of the trees. Actually there are pears on both trees but one variety are just not nice, I keep trying to eat and enjoy them but they have a very strange flavour.

Usually at the end of the season there are green tomatoes and peppers but everything is red this year.

 Except for the  green beans brought in after they had dried in the greenhouse ready to be shelled and saved for next year.

Now to plan for 2019.

People who have a garden always have something to look forward to πŸ˜ƒ

Back Tomorrow
Sue

34 comments:

  1. Would the less pleasant pears be OK cooked or in a chutney or cordial maybe?
    xx

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    1. I'm not doing chutney this year as I don't eat much so just doing tomato/pepper

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  2. What a wonderful harvest you have had, Sue, and yes, you are right; those with a garden have always something to look forward to ... right now, I'm planting spring bulbs, a promise of flowers to come after the winter.
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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    1. I shall look through my seed tin and decide what I need for next year - great fun!

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  3. Plump and juicy rasps-yum. I bought some yesterday and thought they would probably be the last of the scottish harvest this year. Delicious with some greek yoghurt.

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    1. I was surprised to find so many raspberries as there were only a handful when I looked a week ago

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  4. It is so nice to step in the garden and pick fresh produce isn't it. I love raspberries, I had some for breakfast this morning.

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    1. I will be sad to get to the end of the eating apples, they've been lovely

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  5. It all looks so good Sue, especially those lovely red peppers. I'd love an apple tree. My nanna had them in her garden and I can remember on our weekly visits we'd be sent upstairs to get apples from the chest of drawers where they were stored so Mum could make pies or crumbles for us. xx

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    1. I think you can get small trees to fit into any garden and they'll fruit in a few years. The family tree - with 3 varieties- is handy for small areas

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  6. To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow, I have always have plans to improve my tiny plot.

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    1. What an uplifting thought Marlene - To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow :-) I am going to 'pinch' that, write it down, and place it in a prominent position to keep me going during the winter.

      Have a lovely day everyone.

      Carol

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    2. Just thought - I hope you don't have any objections to my 'copying' you?

      Regards

      Carol

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    3. I think gardening is so positive - always looking forwards.

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  7. It looks another nice day. I don't have a big garden in the back but I love pottery about and I must put some bulbs in I have lots of different plants in it and lots of roses My grandson has just turned the ground and put some shingle down and I have some nice big pots for some bulbs out in the front garden.
    Hazel c uk

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    1. I need to do some digging in the veg beds as I can't manage the rotovator so will have to do it the hard way

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  8. My raspberries ere a failure this year as we couldn't water everything. I am only just getting a picking of autumn raspberries, but I am sure they will bounce back next year.

    If you grow spuds, my daughter grew some Kestrels and they were great all-round spuds - she bought us a bucket-ful. She also grew Buttercup squash (round ones, as opposed to Butternut) - one went a long way!

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    1. Might try your spuds next year; am not usually that successful with potatoes so gave up on them this year. thx for the tip!

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    2. kestral is a variety I've never tried. The only spuds that were any good here this year (out of 5 of each of 6 different sorts) were charlotte. Everything else was poor

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  9. Good morning Sue

    We were given some tomato plants by a friend (she always sows quite a lot, just in case they don't all come up). We didn't expect much, as we were away for 2 weeks in July and again 2 weeks in September. Ours survived and hers didn't!! We have got about 10 lots of tomatoes in the freezer ready to add to soups, etc., during the winter.

    Shame about the strange tasting pears. Can't you mix them in with the apples and make crumbles out of them?

    Have a good day.

    Regards

    Carol

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    1. The pears go brown as soon as they are peeled, I tried them in a crumble but no flavour at all

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  10. This time of year is always tinged with a bit of sadness as things die back and your remove them from the garden. I'm still hoping to grow bits in my new home and I'm already looking forward to spring next year.

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    1. Hope you have a nice growing space in your new home and can get started preparing for next year

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  11. Greenhouse crops have been outstanding for me this year but mixed results in the vegetable plots because of the droughty summer. Currently picking off the berlotti beans for drying.

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    1. I had the best ever peppers and aubergines, cucumbers thought it was too hot and dry. Tomatoes were good - the big plum ones were lovely - but never have enough

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  12. I love the idea that ”To plant a seed is to believe in tomorrow” from Marlene.
    Equally I like the idea that people who have a garden have something to look forward to.
    I'm just going out for the third day running to wrestle my garden into some sort of shape for the winter.
    Yesterday I emptied lots of pots and planted their contents in the garden. Theey'd been waiting for over a year as I've been unwell but at the moment I have some energy . Being outside is healing too.
    Lots of people have given you good ideas for your pears but if you don't fancy any of them the birds will enjoy them. Sue

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    1. I think a lot of those pears will get left for birds as they have such an unpleasant taste and I'm not doing chutneys and only eat plain fruit as a desert. The other pear tree has delicious pears thank goodness

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  13. Shame about the pears, but wonderful to find all those raspberries. This bit of warmth and sunshine is giving my quinces a bit of a boost, I'm getting quite excited at the prospect of cooking with them, finding out what we like and what is not worth the effort.

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    1. I tried various quince things at the smallholding but decided the best thing about them was the blossom in spring!

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  14. I love looking through the seed catalogues in the new year and planning, passes many a happy hour.

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  15. You could try making quince paste to have with cheese, it is yummy and quite expensive to buy.

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  16. What a lovely lot of goodies. I did miss the veg this year as I decided not to do a garden.

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  17. Those raspberries look delicious. One of my favourite fruits.

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