Harvest Monday...

16 February, 2015

Yet again it is Monday, which in my world means Harvest Monday, that veg gardeners show off courtesy of Daphne at Daphne's Dandelions.

It is well and truly hitting the end of summer here in Melbourne with today's harvest.


It's pretty much all about the tomatoes in the veg garden. Here is a mix of varieties (New Yorker, Jaune Flamme, Tommy Toe, Brin de Muget, Sun Sugar, Green Zebra, Gardener's Delight, Earl of Edgecombe, Husky Cherry Gold, Garden Peach, Pink Grape and Siberian). The only thing eluding me in the tomato garden is the black toms. I have both Black Krim, Ananas Noir and saved seed from a market bought black tomato, but none are yet ripe. There are two that are almost ready. I'm eying them lasciviously every time I pass them with my harvest basket. One day soon...

Taking a supporting role are the capsicums and peppers (here are Flamingo and Jalapeno), beans (Purple King, Butter beans and bush green beans Polo), cucumbers (Lebanese, Lemon and saved seed grown types hiding below) and zucchini (Black Jack and Trombonico). Also pictured is the world's tiniest eggplant, but its the first of the season so I'm delighted with it.

Fruit wise the plums (Ziegler) are glutting like mad and will be soon to hit the Fowler's Vacola unit, the figs are glutting likewise (mostly given away as I don't really like figs all that much), the blackberries and strawberries are slowing down but producing a respectable handful most days.

The pears (Durondeau) are a bit of a mistake harvest. I was re-doing the stake next to the tree as it was loose and I accidentally knocked off these four fruits. Given they are supposed to ripen in March I don't think I've done too much damage, and you should harvest pears when hard and let them ripen inside as they don't ripen on the tree. Or so I've always heard. I have no real experience to speak of given this is the first time the pears have fruited.

So that's the current harvest highlights. Don't forget to check out other worldwide harvests at Daphne's.

14 comments:

  1. Oh those fruit. I can only hope to get such a nice variety next year. My trees seem to be hit or miss. Last year it was the peaches that gave us a glut. The year before the apples. I wonder what this year will bring.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, this year is all about the plums and blackberries. That's the fun, seeing what will be the bumper crop of the season!

      Delete
  2. What a lovely harvest Bek, and so colourful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I just saw the write-up on your garden in The Age! Your veggies are famous!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Alexis. I quite like having famous veggies!

      Delete
  4. I love jaune flammes. They are the only ones I've planted this year. They've cropped well, but are looking a bit sick lately. I hope they will continue to live.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thus is the first year I've grown Jaune Flamme and I will definitely grow them again! Pretty much all my tomatoes are looking blighted, but I'm hoping to find a fungicide spray to try and see if that will help.

      Delete
  5. That is simply a gorgeous display of veg. Out of all the tomatoes you are growing, I have only heard of four - Jaune Flamme, Black Krim, Green Zebra & Siberian. That's one of the things I love about tomatoes - there are just so many wonderful varieties to try....kind of a blessing and curse at the same time actually, because narrowing down the list is always a challenge.

    How are you finding the Tromboncino squash? It was my absolute favourite in terms of taste but I only got one squash per plant - I have always had squash issues (as in I can't get them to grow well) so I'm never sure if it is the actual variety, or just me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers Margaret. There are so many tomato varieties I would love to grow, but like everyone else I'm limited by space. I already have some on the list for next year that I've rwad about others growing.
      The trombonico squash hasn't been prolific but I've had a few fruits off it. I have only used them in mixed dishes, so will need to try them separately to comment on the flavour. I wish I knew if it was variety or growing medium, but I have no idea! Either way I hope you have squash success in the future!

      Delete
  6. What an absolutely gorgeous basket of goodies! I wish I could take those figs off your hands, I love them and my trees don't produce nearly enough.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Michelle. You would be more than welcome to my figs, but I am already supplying four friends so you may have to fight them for a share :)

      Delete
  7. The plums look delicious! I can't wait for spring/summer. So tired of the snow, deep freeze cold, and ice!
    http://LivingItUpAlternatively.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cheers! I would go nuts if I had to get through that every year. I complain enough when we get a couple of degrees below zero! I hope your spring comes soon.

      Delete