Harvest Monday... And a new look...

30 December, 2013

Welcome to the new look. Part of my delightful Christmas present from my IT saavy brother was this domain name. Ain't it cute. So now I have a 'proper' website. Yay for upgrades.

My brother also re-did a few design changes I wanted made, and I've got some more new content to come (mostly that which is in the headers which will be forthcoming in the next few weeks) and a few more little changes to be made. Nothing different in terms of what I like to blog about i.e. growing and eating my own garden produce, but just a bit of design polish. Thanks Thom! I owes you some cider.

But now to the main event: Harvest Monday, courtesy of Daphne's Dandelion's.

Today I picked this:


The strawberries and raspberries have slowed down considerably. The first of the early fig crop has been mostly eaten by birds, although I got this one. The very early apples (White Transparent on the left and Early Victoria on the right lower corners respectively) have started. While these are acceptable, they aren't as tasty as later season ones but its nice to have fresh apples at this time. Also fruit related and quite exciting is the flat peaches in the centre. There were four. Only two made it into the photo.

On the veg front we have continued pickings of perpetual spinach and self sown lettuce, carrots are going gangbusters and are needing to be picked for thinnings as the bed is totally crammed, and the first beetroot and green beans are here. Also a first for the year is tomatoes, with the nursery bought cherry tom I have planted in a hanging basket has produced its first fruit. Seed sown varieties are far, far behind.

Also picked this week are the whole of the 2013 cherry crop.


The first of the white nectarines.


And a few potatoes from a plant that died back in the heat, and I thought I may as well see if it produced anything worthwhile before it kicked the bucket on one of our recent 30 plus degree days.


It had.

So that's been my recent pickings. Check out Daphne's for more worldwide harvests.

10 comments:

  1. Great harvest Bek! And love the new look, clean and sleak.

    Gav x

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  2. Fabulous variety. I am really envious of all your fruit. My figs are getting eaten by something - A few weeks ago the branches on my side of the fence had about 20 figs - there are now 4. I think the rats are back which is really irritating.... Your site looks fab!

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    1. The fruit has been a long time coming let me tell you! :) Hmmm, are the figs being eaten the ripe ones or the little tiny second crop? I hope your 4 remaining ones make it. My main issue is always birds, but my fig tree is in the middle of the garden, and although I know there are mice and rats around ('cos my cats occasionally leave a dead one on my back step as either a present or to prove they earn their keep) I've never seen any rat like nibblings on the figs. Thanks for the site feedback too.

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  3. What a lovely variety of a harvest!!! It all looks so YUMMY!!

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    1. It tastes pretty yummy too! Yes, its nice to have the summer crops starting, but hopefully more crops will start adding their part soon too. (Come on cucumbers and eggplants!)

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  4. Love the new look. You are lucky to have a geeky brother! The header photo is lovely. What a great-looking backyard you've created. I didn't get any cherries, but my tree is only new. There were 2 flowers but they decided not to become cherries. Maybe next year.

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    1. Cheers. Yes, I am - actually I have two geeky brothers who both work in IT, so anything computer related gets handballed to them. I only have one out of 6 sweet cherry trees fruiting so far, and 3 years along I was hoping for more than just a handful of fruit. There was actually a bit more, but birds managed to eat THROUGH the netting I put up. I will need a better netting strategy next year. I hope your cherry turns flowers in to fruit in 2014!

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  5. Love the new look. And you have your own name that is pretty cool! I need a dorky IT brother rather than just a dorky brother :0)

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    1. Cheers! Well, my brother is both IT dorky and just plain dorky. But aren't they all?... :)

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