Monday, 5 October 2015

Harvest Monday - 5 Oct 2015

So, Harvest Monday is under new management... Thank You, Daphne for hosting the linkup for all that time. Your efforts are much appreciated. And Thank You, Dave at "Our Happy Acres" for agreeing to take on hosting the linkup.

So here's my harvest for the past week:

More beans of course. The Runners have been very good this year, and so have the purple French Beans, but the yellow ones were pretty much a flop.

I picked my "Mystery" beans too. I still can't identify them.

That basketful weighed 825g, and that is all from one plant. The pods are now spread out in a bigger basket, in the airing-cupboard, where they will remain until they are fully dry. The colouring on the pods is very variable: the ones that have been most exposed to the sun are mainly purple, whereas the ones that were shaded have remained mostly green. I'm dying to see what the beans inside look like.

I harvested a few more potatoes. Three tubers each of "Kifli" and "Shona". This meagre harvest is the result of the very delayed planting of some leftover seed tubers. I suppose in a way this is not such a bad result - one very small tuber planted in a container that had already produced its crop has now returned a second crop with a yield of three to one.

I harvested the penultimate pot of "Pink Fir Apple" potatoes:

I've been harvesting potatoes a few at a time for several months now, so it is going to seem odd when they are all gone. However, it has been another good year for spuds, so I'm not complaining. This batch (from one seed tuber) weighed 682g.

I'm getting quite a few ripe chillis now. These ones are all from outdoor plants. I'm leaving the indoor ones a bit longer, but I keep expecting there to be a frost, so I'm picking the outdoor ones as soon as they look ready.

The green ones are immature pods of "Aji Limon", which would be bright yellow if they were ripe. Jane particularly likes to have some green chillis for cooking with, so I harvest a few before they ripen and keep them in the freezer. The pale ones are "Blondie".

After visiting the Challock Chilli Fest yesterday (of which more later), I was inspired to make a batch of tomato and chilli sauce / ketchup. It tastes wonderful!

These are the very last of my Cucumbers. Their parent plants have down been pulled up and composted. In keeping with this year's pattern, they are pretty scruffy specimens, but I expect they will be OK when peeled.

I hate to think how many Lettuces we have consumed this year. Little ones like this are a constant feature of our diet!

We had another decent punnet of "Autumn Bliss" Raspberries - this was about 170g.

And then (you don't see this very often)... my Pear harvest!

Yup, that's it - two pears. Well, there may not be many of them, but I'm confident they will be good. They are big too, weighing in together at 522g. The variety is "Concorde". They will need a few days indoors in the warm to ripen fully.

I'll leave you with a medley photo.


  1. What a lovely mix of goodies you have there, from lettuce and beans to pears and raspberries! My cucumber vines were pulled up long ago so I would love to have a homegrown cucumber right about now. The Chilli Fest sounds like something I would enjoy so I look forward to your report.

  2. Very nice harvests. I am curious what the beans will look like dried. Is your "ketchup" spicy? Sure looks good.

    1. I have deliberately not put any "artificial" spices in my sauce - It has chillis, tomatoes and garlic, some vinegar and sugar, that's all. It has a bit of heat from the chillis but not too much.

  3. A pair of pears. You're still getting a good variety of things each week. I pulled up my cucumbers a couple of weeks ago, the Mini Munch did ok in the end, I didn't think they were going to produce much this year as the plants suffered a bit of a setback with the cold spring, but I got quite a few cucumbers off them.

  4. You have been harvesting a steady stream of potatoes, I'm curious to know the cumulative total. Your runner beans are always beautiful and now you have me dying to know what the mystery beans look like. Pretty pears.

    1. Michelle, I don't keep records of my yields - except occasionally what I mention on Harvest Monday posts. I planted I think about 24 or 25 pots of potatoes, and each one produced a yield of about 750g.

  5. Fantastic harvest, LOVE the pears. Fewer makes us more appreciative. ;-)

  6. Hurray for your lovely pear harvest -I'm sure they will be beyond delicious. I have been very envious of your "success" at "success"ion planting your lettuce this year. Hopefully next year, I do half as good a job as you have done.

  7. The beans are continuing to provide us with a few pickings too and there still seems to be lots on them surely things will come to an end bean wise soon.


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