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Harvest Time!!!


By peter


Today I picked the first produce from the veg patch – Dwarf French Beans that weren’t quite so dwarf as I’d not looked at them for a while. You can see the neglect continues but it was great to discover enough beans for a nicoise salad this evening and there’s not been the same scale of abuse this week.

It’s not much food but it’s very satisfying to eat something I’ve grown. Maybe if I’d picked the beans earlier more energy could have been put to growing new ones? I did a taste test with some beans from the supermarket and was surprised that there was such a difference – reassuringly I preferred mine!

The taste test

With such a small patch I’ve started thinking about what I can grow that will provide a longer supply. Last year we had a chili plant in a pot that provided chilis for the whole year, we harvested in August and dried what couldn’t be used fresh. There are a few small chilis on the plant at the moment and one big capsicum – maybe enough for another salad :o). There are plenty of tomatoes and the onions are doing well, but we eat so many of both that they’re not likely to last long once they ripen.

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If you have room you could plant more french beans and have a second harvest, anything labelled "early" mature quickly and are fine for a second planting in summer. and yes regular picking encourages more production.

15 Jul, 2007


Well done! You can still sow some more beans where you are - dwarf french and dwarf broad beans (we eat both straight off the plant without cooking) and probably many more than we could here in Scotland. it was the difference in taste that got us hooked.

15 Jul, 2007

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