Harvests are finally come in thick and fast now at Eco-Gites of Lenault - I have dug the last of the potatoes and these showed minimal blight damage thank goodness. Courgettes are now slowing down, which I suppose is no bad thing but I am now picking French beans by the bucket full. Tomatoes are still going strong and I even got some extra broad beans after I had cut the crop down to near ground level but not got around to clearing it properly. These beans grew up from the base. I do love it when a bit of slovenly gardening behaviour brings forth unexpected harvests!
Not everything was been super successful. My onions were on the whole very small and many of them went to seed so won't store ... although I suspect I will finish them pretty soon anyway. And the apples were pathetic. One tree did OK (as seen here) but the others had just a couple of apples each. Last year I had a fantastic crop of Bramleys but as Bramleys are biannual (i.e. they only crop well every second year) I was not expecting great things this year ... and I was right. The basket to the right is our entire 2014 apple crop!
|More Beans than Apples!|
|An average onion harvest|
There are also the crops I am waiting to harvest. Certain seeds just would not germinate early on so now I am waiting to see if the Autumn is warm and long enough for the beetroot, carrots, late French beans and parsnips to come to anything. The chard was another spring non-starter so in the end I bought some seedlings from the market and they have grown fantastically. I think next year, I will go straight for seedlings and bypass the seed stage!
|Beetroot, Carrots and French Beans waiting in the wings|
|Late parsnips and huge chard|
It's not all veg though - I do have a few flowers mixed into with the edible stuff - I love this little dahlia and I always grow some sunflowers along with my climbing beans. They may not be the tallest but for some reason they have put out multiple heads ... and they also serve to support some of the beans. Pretty and functional then!
|I love this little dahlia|
|Sunflowers and Climbing Beans|
All in all then the veg patch is doing us proud and if the frosts stay away until late Autumn we should still have plenty more harvests to come. I wonder how other gardens around and about are doing? Why not head on to the How Does Your Garden Grow linky over at Annie's blog, Manneskjur for some more gardening blogs?