Summer harvest

This summer’s harvest is abundant despite planting a smaller than usual number of vegetable seedlings and collecting very little produce from our young summer fruit trees. Several neighbours shared their surplus fruit. Mary gave us lots of apricots and Ray and Joy shared lemons. We collected plums from Steve and Betty, peaches and nectarines from Nadja and pears from Ruth. I have been bottling most of these over the last week, adding thirty-five jars to the pantry and another dozen to the freezer.

19 jan 15 011 - CopyThis year our summer vegetables are growing in seven new raised garden planters laid out last winter. Meanwhile, a green manure crop is taking over the main fifteen square metres vegetable bed where seasonal produce has been growing for the last six years.

16 jan '15 011 - CopyTwo yellow zucchinis plants are producing about six medium zucchinis a week. We enjoy these steamed or raw, or cubed in salads. They are also delicious baked with a drizzle of olive oil and plenty of fresh herbs.

16 jan '15 015 - CopyWarrigal Greens, an Australian native plant which tastes like spinach, provides daily servings all year round.

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Despite being uprooted and replanted in late Spring, these two Silver-beet plants have been producing non-stop since Spring 2013. There is enough for us and plenty more to share with neighbours.

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The ‘long sweet yellow’ capsicums turned out to be light green and five plants produce more than enough for daily snacks .

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Cherry Roma and Currant Tomato bushes have been prolific bearers producing a punnet a day for us and more to share around the neighbourhood. When we want a break from eating them in salads, I cook them up with fresh herbs and garlic for a pasta sauce.

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Madagascar beans need a strong trellis for support and produce for up to seven years. The pods are not edible but young beans can be eaten raw, tasting a little like broad beans. I usually leave the pods to dry on the plant before harvesting the dried beans.

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We are also harvesting spring onions, oregano, basil, lemon balm, thyme, sage, lemon verbena, passion fruits and figs.

Thanks to Rachel of A Kailyard in Adelaide!  I discovered The Garden Share Collective –  a group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month. If you are interested in joining this project email liz@strayedtable.com for all the details.

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This blue tongue lizard has taken up residence among the rocks surrounding The Pond. 

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12 Responses to Summer harvest

  1. Your garden is looking beautiful and abundant Veronique! Ours is growing faster than we can use it this year, thanks to summer being (mostly!) unusually mild so far 🙂

  2. Dani says:

    Brilliant harvest. I wish we were so lucky with our tomatoes this year – they have been fried 😦 I keep forgetting to ask for one of those small variety tomato cuttings you said are so hardy. I will have to wait until next year maybe! (We should have some Jerusalem artichoke tubers for a swap come winter). When is the next swap coming up soon? 🙂

    • Sorry to hear about your tomatoes, Dani. This is the reason why I decided to grow the smaller varieties this summer – so much easier! I will bring cuttings and seeds to the next swap – probably on the 1st of February. I will send a reminder to everyone later today. Hope to see you there 🙂

  3. baug1231 says:

    Looks great! Making me so jealous, I cannot wait for the planting season in our hemisphere!

  4. Sarhn says:

    We have a family of Blue Tounge Lizzards too – so many times I have jumped when spotting one, thinking it a snake. I quickly look for the legs.

    • It’s always a treat to see these lizards in the garden. They are very shy and gentle. Usually we hear them first, shuffling under leaf litter and then spot a head or a tail. I am amazed this one sat there long enough for a photo – it must have felt quite safe. I was also surprized at how fast they can move. I blinked and it was gone….

  5. Lizzie says:

    How colourful are madagascar beans, your harvests are very plentiful, you will be eating like a queen. Cheaky blue tounge -I have not seen one in ages.

    • I recommend growing these beans and no visitor leaves without seeds! The plants look after themselves provided they have something to climb on and they are prolific and water-wise! The blue tongues are vulnerable to cat attacks and they really need protected garden areas to survive. Because they are fairly large lizards, the big rocks around our backyard pond are a perfect hide-away.

  6. I can’t wait till we can plant our Madagascar beans! Thanks for the seeds Veronique 🙂

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