Harvests Are A Plenty

Gardener:Northland Backyard Gardener

Date:25 Jan 2024

Blog Type:Vegetables, Recipes

I had to quickly pop on to share a pic of today's tomatoes. There are a few green ones amongst them as well (my pruning efforts were a bit rigorous last week). We are now picking about this amount every other day. I'm also amazed that I haven't preserved any yet mainly because the family are demolishing them with lots of tomatoes on toast. We've also had homemade spaghetti, and much to the protests and 'lasagne has to have meat' comments, the 'vegetable pasta stack' as I renamed it, was devoured. It simply consisted of layers of a homemade tomato sauce, silverbeet, cheese sauce, and pasta. In fact, it was bordering on being delicious. I'm just not allowed to call it a lasagne. 

We've also been picking a large bowl of plums every other day.  This does involve a ladder and a kayaking paddle for the hard to reach one's (hubby's idea). Hubby is also afraid of heights, so I'm deemed the most suitable one to climb ladder with paddle in hand. The neighbour is use to seeing me gardening in pj's, so they really shouldn't be surprised with this latest antic. Again no preserving has happened...just a bag of frozen offcuts as I can't handle throwing out slightly damaged ones. We prob have another picking left. I'm not sure if I'll get my plum jam done, but tbh, after having no plums last year, and never really having a great harvest, we are just enjoying the simple things....fresh juicy plums daily. 

Other pics....in an attempt to use up some of our cucumbers we've been making lots of cucumber, tomato, and red onion salads for lunches. We either had red wine vinegar and olive oil, or a local tamarillo vinegarette (delicious).  And we are also eating lots of fruit salads which we drizzle with honey and leave for half an hour. While the boysenberries, raspberries and strawberries  are almost finished, the grapes and blackberries are slowly started. Combined with our plums, and endless supply of blueberries, we are able to eat a range of fresh fruit from the garden. 



Harvests Are A Plenty