I finally got down onto the plot yesterday. It wasn’t raining but it was pretty wet on there. First task was to get the greenhouses in order. Some bolted lettuce went to the compost heap and the tomato plants came up. I’d actually got about half a dozen ripe ones and a few green so not bad for mid-December.
The only thing with these really late tomatoes is that they seem very watery and pale, which I put down to the temperature. Still, my own tomatoes beat store bought any day! I’d even got a few sweet peppers left; not many, about half a dozen, but still a nice bonus.
Having got the greenhouses clear, it was onto the leeks. Harvested a few for dinner. I was late getting them in and they’re not very big but it doesn’t matter as we prefer them smaller. I topped and tailed them into the compost heap before they went into the swag bag.
The brassica bed was a bit of a surprise. I’d been badly hit by the caterpillars and really didn’t expect much if any crop. It’s a lot to expect any plant to perform when half its leaves have been eaten.
The cauliflowers had actually done well, not very large but nice heads all the same. Some had gone over and really weren’t any good, curses! I should have cut them a couple of weeks ago. Still, some is better than none.
The cabbages haven’t hearted tightly but they’ll be OK to harvest and cook the same day. There’s about 4 of them, so a minor win. The last bit of good news is that we will be eating my sprouts with Christmas lunch. It’s not a bad life really, Christmas will be all my own vegetables and a lovely turkey from Grannie Annie. I keep telling her she’s selling them too cheap, but I suppose I shouldn’t complain!
Incidentally, I used to hate sprouts until I grew my own and found out how to grow them properly. My recipe is online in the recipes section. Cooking Brussels Sprouts
The next job on the plot is a bit embarrassing to write about, it shows how far behind I am. I took down the bean teepees. The roots with their nitrogen were left in the soil, the foliage went to the compost heap and the canes went into storage in the large greenhouse.
They’re predicting some dryer, if colder, weather so I should be back doing what I love – messing about on the plot.