Monday, 3 August 2020

Random Ramblings :: Time to Harvest

Hi there everyone 😀

If you are a regular reader you will be more than aware that this year we have had another go at growing more edibles in the garden, especially in our new vegetable beds ...
Well ... we are now starting to see the fruits (and vegetables) of our labours and last week we actually managed to harvest or eat something that we'd grown ourselves every single day ...

Monday 27, July
We started off the week with plenty of crisp iceberg lettuce for our salad ...
It's the first time we've grown iceberg lettuce and whilst they don't quite 'heart up' like a supermarket one does they have been really reliable and the leaves taste just like the supermarket version.

Tuesday 28, July
We added a bowl full of spinach to our salmon curry ... a recipe taken from the Britain's Best Home Cook show, which has definitely become a favourite ...

Spinach has been another first for us this year and seriously, nothing could be easier to grow. The seeds are a nice size so can be planted spaced out so no need for thinning and they just grow really quickly. We just keep picking the leaves and within a few days another batch have grown to take their place. We are already on our second sowing ... the first was just in a bucket, but the second is now in the vegetable bed.

Wednesday, 29 July
Wednesday's pickings came from my herb box ... basil for our Abruzzi Lamb ...
I am so pleased with how the basil is doing. The plants you can see in this photo are grown from cuttings taken from a supermarket basil that we bought a good two or three months ago. I've taken more cuttings this week and the original plant has been split in two and both are still going strong. I am aiming to have a season's supply of basil from just the one plant and so far it's looking good.

Thursday, 30 July
Today we had more lettuce for our hot smoked salmon rolls which we had for lunch. I was also given some plums, harvested from my sister's Cornish garden, which we made up into jars of sugar free plum jam ...

Friday, 31 July 
Today it was courgettes, of which we have a number building up. We had ground beef strogonoff and just chopped one up and added it in to bulk it out a bit ...
If you fancy having a go at this recipe we also switched the butter for cooking spray and the full fat cream cheese and sour cream for a low fat cream cheese with garlic and herbs.

Saturday, 1 August
Today we used the first of our green beans ... on the side of a Slimming World friendly lasagne ...

This wasn't the only thing that got picked on Saturday ... I picked the last of the blueberries for dad to have with his yoghurt ... we just have no more room in the freezer ... another big bowl of spinach to wilt and freeze and another courgette ...

We still have beetroot, carrots, turnips, cauliflower, brocolli and leeks to come ... none of which are looking too promising at the moment, but time will tell 🤞🤞🤞

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