September 3

A changing harvest

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.

L to R: Leaf beet, Lucullus and Rainbow chard

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.

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Posted September 3, 2018 by alijoy in category harvest monday

4 thoughts on “A changing harvest

  1. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH

    You really got nice looking corn. Hope you have many more. The peppers on the left look like jalapenos, but of course there’s no way of knowing. We stir-fry chard stems too, but if there’s an abundance, we just strip the leaves. We do the same thing to kale. No shame in pulling out a plant you don’t like. There are so many other varieties to try.

    1. alijoy (Post author)

      Thanks for the comment about the chilli. It will help me decide how to use it. I am going to cut the tip off and just try one to see how hot it is.

  2. Dave@HappyAcres

    I hope the badgers leave the corn alone so you can get some! I’m with will, that pepper looks like a jalapeno to me. I’ve got some seed for Cruiser too and hope to sow some for the fall and winter greenhouse. It just bolts to seed in summer here. I’ve got several peppers I want to try next year, but I’m really looking forward to more heirloom pole beans like the ones I’m growing this year. We’re having some for dinner tonight.

    1. alijoy (Post author)

      I think I need to try growing some peppers. I have tried Red Marconi before but if the summer isn’t good then they tend not to ripen in time. This year would have been perfect!


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