This was the final harvest today of my Summer crops, I had to pick and pull the tomatoes today because the stormy weather recently had taken their toll on my poor plants. Some had broken and blight had started to take hold, so I took the whole lot out. It is End of Season in the Garden.
Time to face facts. The summer season that was longer than I ever anticipated. Is well and truly over, in fact, we are due another storm front tonight – Oh Joy !!
I plan on making lots of chutney this weekend with the haul.My recipe for Tomato and Chilli Relish can also be cooked with green tomatoes, which is handy.
And my eldest wants me to pickle the small cucumbers so I am on the hunt for recipes and found this nice simple from BBC Food on my travels. I like it as it doesn’t contain mustard as many recipes for pickle do. I am allergic to mustard which is a bit of a pain.
Pickle recipe for End of Season in the Garden
1 whole cucumber, peeled
1 tsp salt
60ml/2fl oz white vinegar
7.5cm/3in fresh root ginger
4 stem ginger in sugar syrup
- Use a fork to run through the surface of the cucumber, vertically downwards, to obtain a fluted pattern when sliced.
- Cut cucumber into thin slices and put into a large bowl, sprinkle with salt and mix well. Leave the cucumber for 10 minutes to absorb the salt then rinse with cold water. Drain off excess liquid in a colander. Return cucumber to the large bowl.
- Grate the fresh root ginger. Cut the stem ginger into thin slices.
- Combine sugar, vinegar and the two types of ginger together. Add to cucumber slices and mix well.
- Decant into a plastic container. Refrigerate overnight or for a few hours before serving.I will let you know how we get on next week 🙂
What is Left at End of Season in the Garden?
My poor main raised bed looks so different today, it is quite sad looking in this transitional stage. All that is left is a very large parsley, a battered courgette, some baby winter carrots ,some scallions and an oregano and a couple of Brussel sprout seedlings.
Tomorrow there will be more clean up and a bit of organic feed added and then I will sow my cauliflowers and winter spinach which are still in seedling trays .
I have never tried winter crops before but this year is my year for trying new things, so I will get them some fleece and mulch them to keep down the frost and see how they get on.
I also have more garlic to plant and a little leek experiment going on in my kitchen – I posted back in April that you can grow certain Veg from Scraps and Leeks are one of them and I have a few regrowing in my kitchen which I am going to pop in and see if we can get a few from.
Also I should say the Pineapple I planted back in April is still going strong and getting bigger I must pot it on this week.
So do you winter garden ? Have you had success with winter crops ? let me know in the comments below I love hearing from others that are growing their own.