Saturday, 6 August 2016

All is well.



I've not grown this Red Kale before, it looks stunning, but I'm sure it'll taste exactly like the green one.


The Cavolo Nero is looking good; a useful winter stand-by.


Our Tomatoes are just delicious, they really make us realise what rubbish we've been eating over winter.


It's not a good year for top fruit, even so we have a few Apples.


And a few Plums.


And no winter storage cupboard would be complete without a good stock of Onions, and I'm pleased to say that ours are now harvested, and are OK.

We should survive.




36 comments:

  1. How wonderful every thing is, it makes me want to grow my own food too:)

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    1. It's a pleasure to go down to Haddock's these days. Lots of good things.

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  2. It's been an odd year for the garden. Hardly any raspberries and the cooler temperatures have wrecked the basil.

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    1. I've just noticed that the Blackberries have started to ripen.

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  3. Stunning plums Mr Magnon! And the rest of your crop looks beautiful too. I just had a bit of a 'Carry On' moment! x

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  4. Gosh, that tomato looks a handsome thing! Ours tomatoes are quite small at the moment, but delicious nevertheless.

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    1. This one is called Supersteak. They average between 500-600 gms.

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  5. Do people sell produce at the gate like they do here?

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    1. No, everyone has a veg' garden, or has a relative who has one. Markets sell to townies and tourists.

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    2. Honey and Foie Gras is sold 'at the gate'.

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  6. Looking good. It seems early to be starting your winter harvest but at least it means that if you are heading to winter then summer can't be that far away here. Cold today - snow in the South Island and lower North Island.

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    1. I have to start preserving as soon as I have a glut. That moment is now.

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    2. It was the onions that surprised me - seems early to be harvesting them but they are, obviously, ready

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  7. You are pretty much sorted then Cro ..... a wonderful harvest..... that tomato has my name on it !!
    ..... and, I heard this gastronomic combination that I've never heard of, yesterday ...... Manchego cheese, a trickle of honey and a sprinkle of ground coffee beans { you can use instant coffee !! } I've never tried or heard of it but I must give it a go !!!!! XXXX

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    1. I shall try that today with some Goat's cheese..... maybe it'll work; maybe not.

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    2. I think that you could try any cheese .... it's supposed to be a taste sensation ..... nice with some cold meat .... let us know what it tastes like !! XXXX

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    3. Interesting. I don't think it'll become a favourite though.

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  8. Oh,wow. Nice work! Those plums look especially nice.

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    1. They're almost ripe, another week maybe.

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  9. "They" say you should try to eat all the colours of the rainbow in order to stay healthy. It looks like you are definitely able to do that. -Jenn

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    1. I do like colourful food; especially at this time of year.

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  10. You painted them Cro; I don't see those colours in supermarkets?!:)
    Red onions are nice in summer salads; I find that they are sweeter than the golden or white ones.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I only grow red onions, I find them superior for everything.

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  11. I grow red kale in the fall, but it is strictly ornamental. My mother made me eat it as a kid and I hated it. I am sure If I tried it today I might like it but the memories of my mother making me sit at the kitchen table for what seemed like hours (probably 1/2 hr) till I ate something that I didn't like has stayed with me for over 60 years.

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    1. I really like all those old fashioned, slightly bitter, winter greens. I can almost feel them doing me good.

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  12. Works of art all Cro. I am sure you are right about the red kale and I guess much of the red will come out during the cooking - but by golly it will taste good.

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    1. It just looks nice whilst growing. The rest I'm not too worried about; apart from the taste.

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  13. Looking good - what type of red onion are they? mine always seem to bolt.

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    1. They're the old favourite 'Red Baron'.

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  14. The red kale is just as good as the green to eat, but I prefer the black kale by yards! Top fruit rubbish here too apart from four apples ( 2xbramleys, 2xjonogold) and they look a little wormy. Can't win them all, brambles are looking good.

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    1. My Bramley is looking good, and I have about 6 apples on a youngish Jonagold. I think I'm paying the price for an excellent harvest last year.

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  15. I just read that you can pickle the stems of kale instead of feeding the chickens or throwing it away.
    Since I Japanese quick pickle anything I can get my hands on I can't wait to try this.
    Sunday I am trying to make Avocado pickles. What a hoot.
    Onion evvy when I see all your onions, If I do not use my store bought onions right away they send out green shoots.

    cheers, parsnip and the hanish

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    1. I shall have look on line for pickled stems, they sound interesting. Maybe I could pickle my Chard stems too, they always end up on the compost.

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  16. It all looks delicious Cro, and a credit to all your hard work. The veg would make a lovely still life !

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