Harvest Monday...

26 January, 2015

Yet again it is time for Harvest Monday, care of Daphne of Daphne's Dandelions. Thanks Daphne!

Today is Australia Day, a public holiday to celebrate being Aussie. I will be celebrating in time honoured tradition by having a barbeque and listening to the Hottest 100. (If that makes no sense to you just google it.) But that doesn't start until 12pm, so I have plenty of time to head out into the garden and harvest.


On the veg front I have cucumbers coming out of my ears (a mix of some from saved seed, Lemon and Mini White), the overwintered capsicums continue well (the big red ones are Flamingo, and I've just picked the first of the Jalapenos), zucchini's are mostly picked as little ones, just after they flower (here are Black Jack, Trombonico and Jaune et Verte), a few tomatoes (Green Zebra, Brin de Muget, Sun Sugar and New Yorker). Not pictured are lettuce and rocket from the rocket forest that has self sown in my bean patch.

On the fruit front the blackberries continue awesome, the first of the Anzac peaches are here, I picked the last two yellow lemons on the tree and will now have to wait for the current green rocks to ripen, and I couldn't help but pick some slightly under ripe Ziegler plums, which is the first time this tree has produced.

(As an aside, these are almost exactly the same plum as my grandmother used to grow. I have fond memories of the family harvesting plums when I was young, mostly for use as plum jam. I planted this tree trying to emulate that fruit, and I'm happy to report on tasting the fruit for the first time that the taste is pretty spot on. I was even slightly teary at the time. Try and get that experience from a supermarket bought fruit!)

So the is the current harvest in my backyard. Don't forget to check out other worldwide harvest's at Daphne's.

6 comments:

  1. Hope you had a great Australia Day Bek. As you were listening to the top 100, did Taylor Swift get in? It has been on the news that she was asking everyone to vote for her - crash the party, so to speak.

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    1. I did, hope you did also! No, they removed any votes for her from the results, which I think is fair enough given its a station that never would play her music. Nice try though :)

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  2. Gorgeous harvest - both the goodies & the basket itself! Memories of times spent with grandparents are so special - and it's funny but the only fruit tree in my grandmothers back yard was a plum, although I can't really remember eating from it; I do remember how huge it was. Glad you had a great Australia Day!

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    1. Cheers. Yes, my grandmothers tree was pretty big, I remember the adults on extendable ladders to pick from the top :) They are pretty special memories

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  3. I sampled the most Devine sweet plum this week called Cambridge Gage. It ripens to an Amber colour, and is extremely sweet. The sample soon became a feast, and I kept every seed to germinate this variety. The trees only average 3 metres tall,so perfect yard size. I must have these in my yard.

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    1. Sounds awesome! I wonder if it is related to greengage? It seems such a pity that no one sells fruit trees with taste tests. It can be hit and miss and with fruit trees you have to wait so long to know if you made a good choice. Good luck with the seed germination!

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