Harvest – Mid October 2021

The days are drawing in, the evenings are darker and the weather is significantly cooler. However, there are still green tomatoes, some of which seem to be ripening others of which are succumbing to blight. Since the last harvest post we’ve picked another 9kg of tomatoes, four cucumbers, 2kg of carrots, half a kilo each…… Continue reading Harvest – Mid October 2021

Harvest- End of September 2021

The season is beginning to come to an end. We’re still getting tomatoes (another 9kg since our last post) but the plants are looking decidedly sickly with botrytis/grey mould killing off the ends of the plants, the leaves and (more frequently now) the fruit. It looks like the problem has affected even the fruit that…… Continue reading Harvest- End of September 2021

Tomato Problems – Botrytis

September is with us again and the warm/damp weather we’ve been having is encouraging disease in the greenhouses. Last year it was Bacterial Canker this year I seem to be having Botrytis (also known as Grey Mould). Its something I get every year but this year it seems even worse than usual. Its caused by…… Continue reading Tomato Problems – Botrytis

Harvest – Beginning of September 2021

So, two weeks ago when I made my last harvest post we had harvested 4kg of tomatoes. What a difference a fortnight makes. We’ve now picked 20kg of tomatoes, had a significant number of bowls of tomato soup, made tomato sauce and chopped up tomatoes for the freezer and given a reasonable quantity away. Looking…… Continue reading Harvest – Beginning of September 2021

Tomato – Beams Yellow Pear

Yellow – Pear shaped Cherry tomato on Indeterminate Plants Form the 2019 Seed Swap, grown in 2021. A Yellow, pear shaped large cherry tomato, not much like anything we’ve grown before. Its a bit large to use as a salad tomato but its a good flavour and, being a slightly unusual shape, is fun to…… Continue reading Tomato – Beams Yellow Pear

Recipe – Tasty Cucumber Pickle

For the first time in many years we have a glut of cucumbers. This isn’t because we have particularly more than usual (although the plants are doing well) but because my better half is unable to eat salads at the moment and I can’t get through the cucumbers. So we had to look for something…… Continue reading Recipe – Tasty Cucumber Pickle

Recipe – Courgette Pakoras

Throughout August if your courgettes are doing well, you’ll be actively looking for recipes to use them up. This is a simple lunchtime snack which uses a few easily. FryingFlippedout of the ovenCourgette & Onion Pakoras Ingredients 125g Gram Flour1/4 tsp Chilli Powder3/4 tsp curry powder1/4 tsp garlic powder1/4 tsp ground ginger1/4 tsp ground corriander1/4…… Continue reading Recipe – Courgette Pakoras

Recipe: Basil Pesto

Basil is one of those herbs which I grow more in hope than expectation. Sometimes it does well, others it’s not worth the space. 2021 is proving to be a good year with plenty of tasty plants. That introduces the problem of what to do with excess. Mixing it with salad leaves is good but…… Continue reading Recipe: Basil Pesto