Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This Summer Harvest

          Summer is in full swing and the result of labor in the spring garden (seedlings, seeds, watering, shelter from frost, feeding)  has already seen.



Currant bushes delight me with abundance of berries, although they were attacked by pests in spring . I had to spray two times until the leaves have been cleared. But now you can pick up the full palm of juicy berries, wash them and eat! Or eat berries right from the bush!




 redcurrant, gooseberry and blackcurrant bushes

Outdoors tomatoes survived all cold weeks in May and June, and now fruit grow and redden.  It is early to eat them, but it's a pleasure to look at.




I can already eat cucumbers, put in a salad with juicy lettuce, parsley and green onions. Cucumbers grow in the open soil and in the greenhouse, it is difficult to say where they are better and bigger. I bought hybrid seeds without pollination for the greenhouse. But it turned out "as always": seeds of different varieties were in packets. Outdoors cucumbers are cold-resistant, and they have stood the test of low temperature.



 
Cucumbers and lettuce


I've planted dill, onion for green leaves in my new raised bed. Now they are as a forest! Parsley pleases this year, sprouted and grew well. But I had to cover it in June cold weeks.


dill and onion, 'curly' parsley and lettuce, parsley

 

Apple trees  can not withstand great harvest this year, I had to put supports under their branches. Although apples ripening is delayed due to the cold early summer, they redden little by little.



Zucchini grow as well, blossom, young zucchini ripen, some of them are already eaten. I planted them a bit densely, I thought that someone would not survive and die because of cold. But all plants are alive and well and give the dark green and yellow zucchini.





That's the entire harvest for now. Broad beans, peas, haricot beans, beets, carrots on the way and will be collected later.


Do you grow veggies and herbs in your garden? What have you harvested for now?  Thank you!


35 comments:

  1. Hello Nadezda girl !
    My goodness you have so much to harvest from your gardens and fruit trees ! ... but you are also having a cooler than usual summer like we are too. It is odd weather we are having .. there was a tornado in the western part of our province .. very scary storms had passed by.
    I am lucky though .. the garden is still intact and we don't have any damage.
    Seeing all of your goodies here has made me crave cucumbers and berries now ... haha
    All looking so good ... well done you !
    Joy : )

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    1. I'm glad the storm was not near your garden Joy!
      I love cucumbers with sour cream and to eat berries from the bush...
      Thank you!

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  2. Your vegetable and plants look so healthy. We planted some basil in large containers like we do every summer but they did not grow at all and I don’t know why. We do not plant anything in the ground as it is made of hard clay, gravel and rocks. Our fig tree, that was 30 years old, looked like it died after our winter but I saw 2 small branches with leaves. However there are no fruits on them, so no fig jam this year. I wish we could grow currant and especially blackcurrants that I really like, but I think it is too hot here. I also saw your post on the peonies exhibit – the flowers were gorgeous and your photos showed them well.

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    1. Vagabonde, I'm very glad you're in my blog! I think blackcurrants need some cold season and humid soil. You could grow it ina large container, but I suppose it would be very heavy container. Thank you!

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  3. You have quite a wonderful summer harvest, the reward for all of your hard work! Good for you! I didn't grow any vegetables this season, just some herbs, but most years I grow at least tomatoes and zucchini.

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    1. You're right Peter, this harvest is a reward for all the works I usually do from fall to the next summer. I hope your tomatoes are well and ripen, would like to see them on your photos!

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  4. Our currants and gooseberries are over now but the courgettes/zucchini are mass producing and need regular picking over

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    1. What do you do with your courgettes, Sue? I think I'll freeze them for winter, they are a lot.
      Thank you!

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    2. We'll freeze some and I also have some recipes linked to me blog sidebar that I will use.

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    3. I like your recipe Courgette burgers and will try to cook!

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  5. What a lovely harvest Nadezda, and still plenty more to come! You're lucky with your apples, mine haven't done nearly as well this year as they did last year when I had masses of them.

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    1. Last year I had no apples at all, the apple trees "rested" :((
      This year I this I'll do many bottles of apple juice. It's lovely to drink it in cold season, isn't it!
      Thank you Paula!

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  6. Even though I don't eat tomatoes, yours are very beautiful to look at!

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    1. I'd like to eat tomatoes, Kieth, not only to look at green ones, ha ha!

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  7. Dear Nadedza,so many beautiful things from your garden!!What a great harvest!!You must spend many time in your garden taking care of it!!
    Are you going to make jam with the berries?I'm sure you will!!Thank you for sharing!Have a lovely week!!
    Dimi....

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    1. You're right Dimi, I spend much time caring trees, bushes, flowers, etc. But I have a result! I usually cook jelly of currant and apple juice and jam. Thank you!

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  8. It doesn't look like anything has been bothered by the cold - such amazing growth and variety. Time to pick and eat!

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    1. The nature knows how to survive after cold days and how to grow and ripen further, Rosemary. I only helped my plants to grow despite of the low temps (up to +3C) . And they're thankful and give me their fruit. Now I pick and eat them! Thank you!

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  9. I did not realize that you grew so many fruits and vegetables Nadezda. I have currants, tomatoes, and herbs as well. The cool spring has similarly delayed things here too. Even now the temperatures are much cooler than normal. Hopefully my tomatoes will ripen in time before the frosts come.

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    1. Will ripen before frost.... ha ha, Jennifer! What a weather! I've taken away almost all leaves from tomato plant in order the fruit ripen faster, as you said 'before frost'
      Thank you!

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  10. You have a very great harvest! your berries, cucumber, lettuce, dill, parsley, zucchini, tomato etc are soooooo nice! I love them.. what variety is your tomato, Nadezda?

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    1. This tomato were bred specially for northern climate and they are usually grown in pots. But I planted them in my raised bed and was surprised that tomatoes didn't suffered low temps +3C. Thank you!

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    2. Thanks for award you gave to me, Nadezda.. I like to grow vegetables and flowers, my favorite plant is dahlia. I grow some dahlias from seed and try to increase my collection. I also like to grow sunflowers. I am increasing my collection but it is still only a few in my garden. I like to crochet, Nadezda. I am learning how to make hexagonal pattern and granny square from Ruth. She is wonerful on crochetting and crafting. And my favorite book is The Tetralogy of Laskar Pelangi by Andrea Hirata. I really wish I will have to write about my favorite plants, food, bookand crochet. I like to eat traditional food and one of them is Gudhangan Bayem. Thank you so much, Nadezda! You're inspiring.

      Greeting from Indonesia,

      Hari.

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  11. Buen huerto tienes!!!! Este año como Paco se operó no tenemos :((
    Gracias por tus deseos Nadezda. Voy mejor pero tengo para un mes. Lo bueno es que lo puedo contar.
    Ahora estamos con el lío de los papeles. Tenemos la denuncia de la policia. A ver si a esa mala conductot ra le ponen una buena sanción por no ayudar e intentar huir.
    Un beso.

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    1. Me alegro que te vas a mejorar. La policia debe ponerla sancion en dinero, es verdad.
      Espero que este mes pasa rapido y tu volveras a tu casa, Laura!

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  12. Your red and black currants look so fresh and appetizing. I have never eaten the fresh one. It must be so nice to see the fruits are hanging on the twig with on their striking color. Hope someday I could grow them on my garden.
    Thank you very much for the award that you have given to me. It's really encouraging me. Hope next I can do the better things. Thanks Nadezda.

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    1. You deserve this award Endah!
      Thank you!

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  13. I like your veg post! It is nice and delicious (!) overview.
    By the way, I just made some black currant jam last night. I like to crush them with sugar in blender and whip up a bit and freeze then in fridge. With hot tea in cold winter nights, it is real delight!
    It is difficult to say what is my favorite plant, there are so many. Depends on season, I think. At the moment, echinaceas and echinopses perhaps, its their time now! I also enjoy reading, both novels and science/handbooks, but gardening magazines take the most of my spare reading time!

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    1. I do make currant jam as well Tistou, I know your recipe, it's keeps all vitamins of berries. I see you have many favorite things!
      Thank you!

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  14. What a splendid harvest! I really did not know you grow so many herbs, fruit and vegetables, lovely. I changed my kitchengarden a couple of years ago into flowergarden as well. Now I only grow various herbs which are in the mixed borders, salads, tomatoes, peppers, black currants, pears and plums, the red currants are all eaten by the birds.

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    1. You grow enough fruit in your garden besides a lot of flowers, Janneke. Sure you have many jars with jam for winter!

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  15. Ooooh, I like your selection of edibles, I could eat all of that, they look lovely :-)
    I still miss having berries, there just isn’t room for that in my tiny garden, but I used to grow redcurrant, blackcurrant, gooseberry and raspberry in Norway. Now I have to buy them instead, and it just isn’t the same. But I am growing cherry tomatoes and chillies for the first time, in containers, so I look forward to my first harvest!

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    1. I'm sure your harvest will be great Helene.Love cherry tomatoes, they ripen faster than big ones.
      Thank you!

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  16. Estamos en casa amiga. voy despacio pero mejor y restando días malos;))
    Gracias por tus deseos.
    Un beso.

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