Harvest – 17th July

A Summer is now in full swing, the harvests from the allotment and greenhouse are abundant and varied. It’s been a week of exciting firsts in the greenhouse, with my first tomatoes and cucamelons of the year turning ripe enough to harvest.

Cherry Tomato – Galina

The tomato variety is Galina, which is an orange cherry tomato with a lovely sweet taste and crops over a very long season. The garlic bulbs that I harvested last month are also still drying in the greenhouse for storage. This year I grew a mixture Solent Wight Garlic, Early Purple Garlic and also a couple of bulbs of Elephant Garlic. This has a much milder flavour than regular garlic and has been great sliced raw in salads so far.

Elephant Garlic.
Garlic Solent While and Early Purple.

On the allotment, I’ve been regulary harvesting an abundance of soft fruit including raspberries, blackcurrants, gooseberries and strawberries. This has invariably kept me busy in the kitchen this week turning it into various jams, cordials, pickles, deserts and liqueurs.

Raspberries, Strawberries and Blackcurrants.

Elesewhere on the allotment, I’ve picked my first beetroot this week and as usual for this time of year I’m weathering a glut of peas, broad beans and courgettes.

Currently in season at the allotment.
Broad Bean – Bunyards Exhibition
Courgette – Tondo de Piacenza

Harvest Monday is hosted by the wonderful Our Happy Acres and is a roundup of what other garden bloggers have been harvesting this week. As always, I’d love to know what everyone else has been sowing, growing or harvesting this week. So please let me know please in the comments or via Twitter.