Harvest time

2009_07120031I harvested my first veg today from my diddy veg plot.  I am really chuffed as the plot is only 2 ft wide and about 8ft long.  Sadly the fennel has started to blot and in some case has bolted. 


I have harvested all the autumn planted red onions and the garlic.  I wasnt sure if this was the right time to do it but the foilage was going over.  Also harvested all th potatoes.  I hadnt planned to grow potatoes as there was room for them but my Mum gave me one of those grow potatoes on your patio kits for my birthday back in March.  I must admit that I forgot to top up two of the sacks but I think the return for the amount of compost I put in the sacks is very poor.  At least the used compost has been used as a mulch on the borders.  I wont bother in future.

This evening we will be getting roast chicken and home grown veggies.  I think from the size of my veggie plot this will be an occasional event but its good nonetheless.  I will be using the new potatoes and fennel alongwith a courgette I picked in the following recipe.

Savoury Potatoes

5-6 medium sized new potatoes, olive oil, 1 small onion (sliced), 1 small fennel bulb (sliced), 1-2 springs of rosemary, 2 cloves garlic (crushed), 1 small courgette (sliced), 1 tblsp lemon juice

Boil the new potatoes until soft.  Heat three tblps of olive oil in the pan and fry the onion, fennel and rosemary until they are soft and lightly browned.  Drain the potatoes and add them to the frying pan.  Add the garlic and courgette and fry for 10 minutes until the potatoes are browned.  Remove from the heat, add the lemon juice and remove the rosemary.  Serve

6 Comments on “Harvest time

  1. Yum – well done! The key with spuds to keep them well watered once they start flowering. This helps increase the harvest significantly. But when your plot’s so small, then the smaller and really expensive stuff like fennel and mange tout is the thing to go for 🙂

    The recent heat’s made your fennel bolt. A second soeing now will mean you get fennel up to the first frosts.

  2. Looks really good, Helen. Harvesting is the best bit, too, apart from eating, of course.

  3. Your potatoes looks so good! Sorry the fennel is starting to bolt. I bet those potatoes are yummy! I love fried new potatoes. I’ve not tried them with fennel but will give it a try.

  4. VP – I suspected it was the heat that made them bolt. Thanks for the tip about sowing some more now. Will do that this weekend.

    Tina – my boys loved the potatoes, they said they were the nicest ones they had had for a long time and I’m sure they werent just being polite!

  5. WOW! I am completely impressed!! What a fantastic vegetable garden you have. I am totally envious as I have virtually NO room in my yard. I am, however, doing a few veggies in containers. Happy eating, my friend!

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