Monday 22 August 2016

Harvest Monday - 22nd Aug 2016

August is definitely my premier harvesting month!

The tomatoes are rolling in now. Earlier in the year I thought I was going to lose the lot, what with compost contamination, blight and BER, but in fact many of them have made it to maturity after all. In terms of numbers, the little cherry toms are the most numerous, though weight for weight they can't compare to the Beefsteaks.

I've not been weighing the tomatoes. It's too much of a chore when I pick them little and often! Suffice it to say that we have reached the stage where I feel justified in dehydrating some, which I only do if we have LOTS.

The bigger types of tomato have also been ripening:

In the next photo the two big, dark-coloured ones are "Cherokee Purple" (L) and "Black from Tula" (R). Also seen are a couple of stripey "Tigerella", one "Stupice" and a few of the little "Maskotkas" creeping into the shot.

More beans, both Runner and French:

More "Boltardy" beetroot:

The first of the "Pink Fir Apple" potatoes (890g), the yield from one seed-tuber grown in a 25-litre pot.

More of the "Amsterdam 3 Forcing" Finger carrots:

What about this? My first (maybe only) Pepper of the year.

It is one of the little "Turkish Bell Pepper" ones, as I call them. Unfortunately most of the fruits have gone soft and blackened before maturity, probably as a result of our poor weather, but I managed to save this one. I don't like Peppers of this type, and Jane prefers them green. If you leave them to ripen they eventually turn red though.

After barren period in which they produced mainly male flowers, my "Diva" and "Passandra" Cucumber plants have started producing fruits now. I picked the first one of the "Divas" at the weekend, and there is a "Passandra" nearly ready.


That's my harvests for the week. I'm linking my post to Harvest Monday, hosted as ever by Dave at Our Happy Acres.


  1. We have only Sungold tomatoes ripening at the moment. Their bigger cousins are still holding back. It seems as though we are going to have a poor year for sweet peppers and aubergines.

  2. Really good job on those black tomatoes. Not a sign of cracking or cat-facing nor green shoulders. I get my Cherokee Purples from the farm stands and even the pros here can't grow them as nice as yours.

  3. Oh no, don't say that may be the only pepper of the year quite yet...there's still a lot of time before the season is over! Well, looks like both you and I are reaching our tomato peak! Yours look lovely. I've still to harvest a Diva cucumber and I doubt I will before the summer is out. I think that was one of Daphne's favourites so it's a shame as I was really looking forward to trying it.

  4. Those are some great looking beefsteak tomatoes. It has been a tough year for them here. Those Pink Fir potatoes are stunning too. I am definitely going to give potatoes a shot in pots next year. I have some 7 gallon Smart Pots that I am growing zucchini in this year, and they should work for potatoes too.

  5. Your Cherokee Purple and Black from Tula look incredible. Maybe the way you trim and stake your tomato plants help them to ripen evenly. And your Pink Fir potatoes are absolutely gorgeous, makes me want to give potato growing another try.

  6. A great harvest from your garden Mark, my cucumber seems to have stopped producing now.


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