I’m secretly pretty proud of this harvest (okay, it’s perhaps not so secret) and while it may not stack up in quantity and variety with many other ‘Harvesters’, it is the best one I’ve had in a long time.
To start with I picked another basketful of broad beans weighing in at about 2kg. I will need to blanch some and freeze them as the huge bagful I have in the fridge is more than we can get through this week. The rest will go into a spring vegetable lasagna from Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals. I made this last year as well and it’s delicious.
Seven snow peas, not a lot but the perfect amount for a crunchy salad.
One whole celery (which was starting to bolt and I wanted the space so the whole thing came out). This will go into a cream of celery soup and the tops into stock. Oh and as for tips for growing celery, I think it’s a pure fluke, but it has been wetter than usual and I grew them where the potatoes grew last year – with all that compost, manure and mulch that I built the spuds up with – so perhaps that explains my success. I will say the flavour is quite strong and the very outside stalks can be a bit tougher. The one I picked was one of three that I protected with half a milk carton. This made it very tall and straight, but almost impossible to pick individual stalks so I wouldn’t do it to all my plants.
Four mutant parsnips – I don’t know why but all except for one has multiple roots. Anyone know why this happens.
4 of the most gloriously perfect looking carrots. These are dark orange, thicker than a thumb (my fingers are ridiculously skinny so being thicker than my thumb would be no great feat, but they’re also thicker than Mr Good’s somewhat chunkier thumbs) and quite long. In fact they wouldn’t look out of place in the supermarket. And I thought I couldn’t grow carrots, turns out I was just being a tad impatient and needed to leave them in the ground longer.
A large bunch of kale.
And……. wait for it……. drum roll please
The very first ripe strawberry, which Miss Three ate with relish, declaring that ‘it tastes like summer!’ What a perfect statement.
That’s it…. are you impressed? If not perhaps one of the others will surpass your expectations.