Garden Bloggers Harvest Day – June 2012

I have been doing regular posts on the allotment but I thought it might be interesting to join in with the Garden Bloggers Harvest Day meme hosted by Barbie and Christine.

However, despite it being June the cold weather we had recently has slowed everything down and delayed young plants being planted out  so in fact there is little to harvest at the moment.  There is a real sense of anticipation that the strawberry harvest will be fantastic this year.  The fruits seem to have been sitting there for weeks and I am beginning to wonder whether I should remove some of the leaves to try to get the sun to the fruits.

We have been harvesting rhubarb although it hasn’t been as prolific as I had hoped.  I have two plants planted last year.  One of them sent up flowers and has only just started to crop properly after I removed the flowering stems right to the ground.  The other seems to be producing quite thin stems which could be the variety; it was in my garden and I have no idea of the variety so who knows.  Anyway we have had numerous rhubarb crumbles and I have made some rhubarb and ginger jam which I have to say is quite divine.  I am hoping to get enough in the next couple of weeks to make some sorbet before we have to stop harvesting.

The cut and come again lettuce in the new raised bed is cropping well.  I think I might sow some more as we get through a lot of it in the summer. The pak choi has been less successful; two batches have bolted before they were big enough for me to harvest.  I suspect it is the wet one minute, hot one minute weather we have had.  I will try another row but then will leave it to late summer/early autumn.

This week I harvested the first onions.  I planted these as sets back in the Autumn, they are Japanese Overwintering Onions and I am really pleased with the result.  I will definitely be planting more of these sets this Autumn.  As I am still on a steep learning curve I wasn’t sure when I should harvest them.  However one of my fellow allotment holders advised that this variety doesn’t store very well so I should harvest as I needed.  Result delicious succulent onion for the stir fry.

The gooseberries are imminent.  This will be the first gooseberry  crop and I am quite excited at the prospect.  Last year the plants were new and then it was very hot, dry and windy and the few fruits fell off the plants so fingers crossed for a glorious bountiful crop.

The broad beans and mangetout are now flowering so it can’t be long now before we start to harvest them though I am sure we were harvesting broad beans by this time last year.  I don’t know why I am being impatient as I will probably be moaning in no time about how many broad beans we have.

Hopefully next month I will have more crops to show on this meme.  If you want to see what others are harvesting visit Barbie and Christine

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Julieanne says:

    I also have an amazing amount of strawberries growing this year and wondered about whether it was a good idea or not to remove some of the leaves. Maybe we should try it on part of our patch to see if it makes a difference? I wonder if anyone else could offer us any advice?

  2. Christina says:

    Everything looks very healthy and delicious, you’ve done very well to produce so much in your second year at the allotment. See comments on my post for some ideas for using broad beans. Christina

  3. Yvonne Ryan says:

    Yvonne – NZ – All looks very yum! I love ‘goose-gogs’ – we had a bush in Christchurch – too warm here unfortunately. The lettuces look very summery – good luck that nature remembers you and sends summer. I have sugar snap peas up so will hopefully start eating late winter. the broad beans look great – I have too small a space to grow them here. I once grew heaps on farm at West Melton – ChCh – and sold some at the market but didn’t get much for them. Christchurch had a big dump of snow yesterday and my daughter is stuck there until the planes can take off. She is off to Europe on Sunday so hopefully she has time to pack her bags. She is involved in International Students so goes to mainly Germany and Italy this time. My sister has no water as frozen 10 degrees below – brrrr – and her pond is frozen over. Only in Central Otago and the mountains are the lakes ever frozen enough to skate on, but not every year. Curling quite popular in Central Otago!!

  4. A very yummy harvest…strawberries and rhubarb here too but yours looks so much nicer right now..

  5. b-a-g says:

    Your gooseberries look delicious.
    I have the same problem with rhubarb, huge leaves but spindly stems at the moment.

  6. Barbie says:

    Oh how amazing your harvest will be – all your plants look huge and healthy. The strawberries look amazing and I have had to replant mine because they kept drying out. The beans look gorgeous and I am excited to see your goosberries. Let me know when you have a bowl of these beauties! We don’t grow them here – or do we? I know we see more of the cape gooseberry. Your lettuce looks like a winner so I will plant these too.

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