We are having a lovely Bank Holiday week here in the UK - a proper Indian Summer as they say. And now September is here everything in the garden is taking on that "getting ready for the end of summer" feeling.
Something that I really love about growing your own is being able to harvest just what you need. I can pick just two tomatoes, one apple, enough runner beans for lunch or a couple of corn cobs for tea, and leave the rest on the plant for next time. In this way fruit and veg stays fresh and keeps its nutritional value.
However, even I have to admit home grown is often not beautiful! A recent cookery programme on TV has aimed to highlight how much food in the UK is thrown away as the supermarkets won't accept anything less than beautiful for their shelves. I fear none of my produce would get onto a supermarket shelf. I recently dug up some of my spuds and although they are misshapen and scabby they taste fine and I know nothing chemical has been sprayed on them and no energy (except my own) has been used up in getting them into my kitchen. So I'm happy with that.
There have been a few failures - I grew too much salad and its all gone to seed now, I planted chard for the first time - but we don't like it (however its a very beautiful plant), and I planted peppers where they haven't had enough sun and haven't produced anything bigger than an egg. I'll remember these failures next year and change things round a bit.
I know I'm lucky having my Mum's big garden for my "allotment" but gardening programmes and magazines are always full of ideas for growing fruit and veg in tiny spaces so why don't you have a go!
Oh, and I couldn't resist recording that heart shaped spud for posterity!