Harvest Monday 4th June 2018
I do love this time of year. Everything in the vegetable garden starts to get going and there is a choice about what to have for lunch, not just spinach!
This is probably the earliest cucumber I have ever grown. I bought a grafted plant, Mini Star, which already had some small cucumbers on it and this one didn’t go yellow and drop off with the cold but grew. It will take a little while for the next one to be ready.
This is the first beetroot from outside. It is a mixture of Boltardy and Bona and is the first year I have grown Bona. It has done just as well as the Boltardy the only difference being in the shape of the root: it is a globe with no point on the bottom. On the back of the packet of the seed it says that they are as good as any hybrid which made me wonder if I could save my own seed from them. I think I will sow some more, let them grow through to next year and save the seed just to see what happens. Tomorrow, however, I will make beetroot and feta samosas with them.
All of my outdoor carrot seedlings were eaten by slugs and snails. Grrrr! So, I only have the carrots in the polytunnel at the moment. Some of them are a little wiggly because I garden on sand and stone. I am going to eat these with the peas below, broadbeans and a lemon and mustard dressing.
Again, these peas are from the polytunnel. The outdoor ones won’t be long but it does show how the polytunnel extends the season at both ends. These are Douce Provence and I will definitely be growing them again. The plants seem to be stronger and a little tougher than the Hurst Greenshaft I normally grow. The peas, however, are tender and sweet.
The smallest harvest ever of potatoes. One of the Nicola potatoes was flowering so I thought I would just take a look. They are small but were delicious cooked with mint. Patience!
And soon to come are the strawberries and the globe artichokes. I can’t wait!
My thanks to the wonderful Our Happy Acres blog for hosting the Harvest Monday posts.
What a nice variety you have going already! That cucumber looks just perfect and your peas look so large and full. Mine are never that good looking. Looks like you’re having a great start to your June garden! Except for the slugs of course…so frustrating. I did see a potato poking out in my garden today, I may have to take a peek too!
The potatoes are just too tempting aren’t they. I found some main crop I haven’t planted yet so I am going to pop them in and see what happens. You ever know!
The carrots look great to me! It’s been a couple of years since I grew them. And congratulations on the cucumber too. We’ve got flowers but no cukes yet.
I might just have to accept that I can only grow them under cover. Others on the site seem to grow them so I think I must have got my timing wrong when I sowed them.
I might have to accept that I can only grow them under cover and just sow more. Others on the site seem to grow them quite successfully.
That’s the cutest cucumber ever, and your beets and carrots look so good. I’ve had trouble growing those two root crops. We only have a couple containers of potatoes, but one is just starting to flower.
I love the mini cucumbers. It means you can eat a whole one in a meal rather than leaving part to go a bit soggy in the fridge.
Lovely variety of harvests.. as you say, it is good to have more than spinach to eat, isn’t it?
Nothing says Home grown like a squiggly carrot! 😉 everything looks great! So sorry about the slugs. They can be a real pain! I had my struggles with them early in the season! Sometimes it so hahard d to be patient for those pretty littl potatoes! Looking forward to next weeks harvests!
I’ve never heard of a grafted cucumber before. Does it make them more disease resistant or productive or what?
Yes – more disease resistant and more cucumbers. They usually end up as monster plants. I have had over 20 cucumbers off it already.
Fabulous to have so many new harvests, and I wholeheartedly agree about how good having a polytunnel is!!