Friday, 24 August 2012
A (Small) Harvest Home
This week I've been busy gathering in my meagre harvest. I didn't really get going in the garden this year and missed out on crops I usually enjoy growing - tomatoes, cucumber, beans, sweetcorn, etc. But never mind - next year will be better. However I've picked the soft fruit - cherries, plums, blackcurrants, and the first of the blackberries. The apples are looking ok for September too. Last year the pear tree did itself proud but this year there is no fruit at all! Its a very ancient tree and I hope its not coming to the end of its life - we lost the other pear tree in the garden last year.
I managed to stop myself eating all the peas straight out of their pods - something I've been guilty of in the past - and have a bag of them in the freezer ready and waiting for Christmas Dinner. The potatoes are stored away in their paper sack and the cherries have been stoned and are in the freezer too - I might turn some into jam as I'm on my last jar of 2011 jam.
Unfortunately the brambles have started invading the garden from the hedges as I haven't been cutting them back often enough. But the bright side of this means there will be lots of blackberries. I've turned the first berries into crumble puddings - my son's favourite, and there are still flowers on the bushes waiting for any passing insect to pollinate them.
So this is one harvest that is looking good - hmmmm...... apple and blackberry jam has been a favourite preserve in the past so I must look out the recipe - I just wish they weren't so THORNY!!!