Harvest Monday...

16 February, 2016

Welcome to Harvest Monday! Make sure you check out the worldwide harvests on show.

This is my February entry in my goal to post to Harvest Monday at least monthly.

And it is easy when the harvests are so good.


Summer crops are killing it, with cucumbers continuing strong (varieties Mini White and Spacemaster), tomatoes starting to hit their peak (varieties visible include Heirloom Bicolour, Pink Girl, Potiron Ecaplate, Husky Cherry Gold, Gardener's Delight, Pink Bumblebee, Green Zebra, Big Beef, Brin de Muget and Champion), corn (can't recall the variety on that one), eggplants (random variety from punnet of plants bought from nursery) and zucchini (Black Jack) and squash (???) round out the veg harvest.

Fruit wise the figs (variety unknown as the tree was here when I moved in) are starting to ripen, while the plums (Ziegler) continue with good crops. The last of the peaches has been picked, and I picked two St Edmunds Pippin apples that fell off the plant when I accidentally knocked it. I hope they are properly ripe. But best of all was the surprise harvest of grapes.

The grapevine was like the figs, here when I moved in, so I don't know what type it is. In previous years it has produced a meagre harvest, and I didn't bother to net so most got eaten by birds. However this year there were a few bunches I could see, so I went' out with my individual net bags to net the fruits. However on closer inspection there were so many ripe grapes, most of the bunches got picked that I completely filled one of my net bags (an old 3kg orange bag) and had to get the basket to bring in the rest. There were a few bunches still under ripe, so they got netted, but I reckon I picked at least 8kg of ripe grapes. They look a bit green, but are sweet. Yay for surprise harvests!

That's my harvest for this week. Don't forget to check out other worldwide harvests.

8 comments:

  1. I like surprise harvests too, and the grapes sound like a great one. It's always nice when the harvest is so big you have to go back for a bigger basket! You have such a lovely variety of fruits and veggies in your baskets. And I love those yellow scalloped squash.

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    1. Cheers Dave! Surprise harvests are the best.

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  2. I love the name pink bumblebee!

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    1. So do I! I think I pick most of the veg varieties I grow by name alone, sadly. I am too swayed by something that sounds interesting. Luckily this one lives up to the name, being a gorgeous striped red/pink and very tasty!

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  3. Congrats on the grapes - surprise harvests are the best, aren't they! What really caught my eye, though, were the figs which are a rare commodity around here. I purchased a couple of fig trees last summer, but we have to keep them inside over the winter. If I harvest even one fig this year, I will be ecstatic!

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    1. Haha, it's funny you zeroed in on the figs, when they are the only thing I don't really like. There were 3 massively overgrown fig trees on the property when I moved in, and I've culled it to one, but I keep it as some friends and family like the as I pick for them. They grow super easy here so it's no trouble for me, and the local birds get a feed too.
      Good luck with your figs, I hope you get many more than one :)

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  4. wow! what an abundant harvest. 8 kilos of grapes is astounding! i'm glad they were protected from the birds.

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    1. That's the funny thing, they weren't. Any enterprising bird could have flown under the leaves and feasted. But they were totally covered and so remained hidden, just for me.

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