Friday was the day when I decided to harvest the first of this season's potatoes. I grow them in containers and stagger the planting so that they're not all ready at the same time. Some plants have flowered and the haulms are starting to die back.
This variety is Arran Pilot, one I've grown for the last few years and which gives good yields and has a great taste. I was pleased with this first haul.
It was a matter of minutes before I had some boiling away in a pan with some mint and when they were ready I ate them with a simple salad, delicious. I always eagerly wait for the first potato harvest, they really do taste much nicer than supermarket bought ones.
I gave the remainer from this haul to my mum and dad, they wait for my potato harvests as eagerly as I do.
I wasn't expecting a huge strawberry harvest this year, the patch has been a little neglected to say the least and is covered in weeds, but the plants are ready for composting really anyway so I'm planning on making a new bed soon. There's still a few strawberries to be had though and even though these don't look like the most attractive specimens, they still taste great.
Something else I'll be harvesting soon are tomatoes. The sunshine we've had just lately is working wonders and the first tomatoes are steadily ripening. This one is Bloody Butcher which I'm looking forward to trying as it's the first time I've grown it.
There's lots of tomatoes on the other plants too, this one is Maskotka.
I've never grown many herbs, mainly because I don't use many in my cooking, but I've been adding to my collection slowly over the last couple of years. This is the corner just to the left as I walk out my back door, where the conservatory meets the main house. I just love the collection of pots which house some of my herbs. Here we have parsley, lemon thyme, sage, mint, lavender and rosemary. The geranium in the tall pot is one which I got free from the garden centre at the end of the season last year. It could do with deadheading but I love to see it flopping informally along with my herbs. The other two free plants I acquired are stood at either side of my back door.
It's a great time of year when the harvests start coming.
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