The garden is still providing us with plenty to eat, mealtimes are quite interesting still. We will never be self sufficient, would have to turn all the garden over to fruit and veg for that to happen, but it is nice being able to grow what is most expensive in the shops. Must grow more rhubarb, there was plenty for us to eat while in season, but it would be lovely to have some to freeze for crumbles etc. in the winter.
The few greengage that we had were absolutely delicious, so sweet, our small tree is producing more and more each year as more fruiting spurs are being formed when I prune it.
Damsons are ready waiting in the freezer to be turned into something delicious.
We had quite a few red gooseberries from the one bush that we have, but nowhere near as many as from the other gooseberry bush.
This one bush provided us with 12 pounds of fruit, once again, most of them are waiting in the freezer, I can see us needing a bigger freezer soon, the one we have is only tiny ! Can’t say either of us like gooseberries as they are, but made into a fool, layered with crushed ginger biscuits – heavenly !
The blackcurrants were absolutely amazing, we had a lot of rain in the few weeks before picking them and they ended up so big, just like grapes.
They weighed in at 11 pounds, that should keep us happy for a while.
We only grow Autumn raspberries as the birds seem to leave them alone and therefore they don’t need netting. There have been plenty to eat every other day, but if I buy a few more canes then I will be able to freeze some! Someones all time favourite pud is Raspberry Pavlova !!
Once again our Bramley cooking apple tree is groaning with fruit. This tree was already here when we came to Devon and now gives us so much fruit each year. We reckon the birds get 1/3, we give 1/3 away to anyone we can find who doesn’t have their own apple tree and we have 1/3, most of which are stored as puree in the freezer ready to make something lovely for a cold winter’s night.
My small pear tree is getting into the swing of producing fruit, like the greengage and damson, more fruiting spurs are being formed each year, so it just gets better and better.
Beans are still producing like mad, having a few each day, there are still plenty to freeze for the winter.
I was very late planting my sweetcorn, so it is fingers crossed that the cobs will ripen before we get any frosts.
Courgettes are forming each day, we can just about keep pace with them. I like this yellow one, makes the veg on the plate look very colourful.
Reading this through, I think its a miracle that we can close the freezer door, maybe you had better come and help us eat everything! Each year I try to grow something new, it will have to be fruit and veg that doesn’t need freezing !! Which new vegetables can you suggest that are easy and foolproof ?