It’s a strange time of year when a very late winter crop and an ultra early summer crop overlaps in harvest but they have indeed done just that. 🙂
I finally got around to harvesting the last of our cabbages out the front. I’d been giving them away to all and sundry but even so, the amount of cabbage we had was daunting. I guess I never expected to be as successful at growing them as I was and with the largest of the cabbages coming in at an estimated 7+ kgs (my scales stop at 5 so we found a cabbage just under 5 then guessed) and having well over 10 cabbages, well you can see where I was at.
The kids and Martin all helped with processing the cabbages, creating ferments to last throughout the year. We now have 24 quart jars of sauerkraut fermenting, plus an 8L stock pot full to about 6L or more as well as 1 pint jar, 1 1L jar and 7 mayonnaise jars too. And the fridge still has plenty from last time as well! If you come for lunch here you will more than likely be served up sauerkraut and fermented onions too. 🙂
The summer crop harvest was potatoes. I started off with a quick bandicoot but upon seeing the size of what I pulled out I just couldn’t stop! I bandicooted most of the bed. There’s a small area to the other side of the trellis that has a row of spuds but they were planted much later. These came up as volunteers from the green spuds I threw in the compost from last summer’s harvest.
The veggie patch is broken up into 2 areas. The standard patch where we’ve been growing the last 3 summers, this one included but now we also have the zone 1 beds.
The gardens are looking most verdant and we are harvesting the first tomatoes now which taste of summer. Pumpkins are heading for 10ft high and the fruit are all in slings made from scraps of track suit ribbing.
I’ve harvested some beans from the dwarf beans growing behind the pergola area and turnips that are huge. They’ve taught me all I need to know at this stage about soil. We have very fertile soil here despite it being fairly heavy and I can work with that. 🙂 Lots of carbon to be added via compost to our soil. Duly noted and thanks for the turnip lesson!
So what are you harvesting from your gardens? Has the weather been kind to you as it has to us with warm days and lots of rain? It’s not nice weather for people but the garden is loving it. 😀