The start of September usually signals a change in harvests for us. The courgettes are slowing down and the sweetcorn is ready. We picked our first cobs this week and they were very sweet and tender. Now it will be a race between us and the badgers to see who gets the most!
The chillis are now in full swing. I have two types: cayenne (long and pointy) and one from a seed packet called Chilli Shakes. When I looked at the packet more clearly it is yet another mixed packet that I bought and so I don’t know what type this is. I really MUST stop buying mixed packets!
I am also picking chard regularly now. I add the leaves to almost everything. Tonight it is chilli made with black beans to which I will also add shredded chard leaves.
It has taken me a very long time to work out what to do with the stems. I read somewhere that we grow chard for the leaves and the french grow it for the stems. After reading a blog post from the Frugalwoods about their mammoth chard growing and storing days, I too decided to chop the stems very finely and add them to stir fries. It works a treat and now no waste! I believe the french use the stems in a gratin – I do love a gratin but am not convinced about a chard stem gratin.
The allotment seed catalogue from Kings has arrived and I have already spent a pleasant hour perusing the delights. The more blogs I read about growing, the wider the range of seed companys I need to use. For instance, I want to grow Aji Limon chillis this year so will have to get them from the South Devon Chilli Farm. I will get the Stupicke tomatoes from Sarah Raven and the Coriander Cruiser from Simply Seeds. (I have just bought the coriander because it is on sale at 29p!) And I haven’t even made a list of all the things I do want to grow yet.
I did something I have never done before. I pulled up some tomato plants that were still productive. Zlatava was a tomato that I tried for the first time this year and found it to be watery and tasteless and prolific. It didn’t matter what I did, I couldn’t get rid of the wateriness so I pulled the plants up. It felt wrong but who wants food that they don’t like to eat?
What are you thinking about growing next year?
My thanks to Dave at Happy Acres for linking us all up with his Harvest Monday posts.