Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Harvest time


Not a bumper harvest , nor any prize winning sized vegetables .

Just a slow but sure and steady flow of different things every day .


And flowers for the vase .

 I want to grow more Dahlias next year . I love them !

These Runner beans are "Montecute Runners" a heritage variety that has been grown in Somerset since at least the 19th century . These were given to me by heritage seed guardian Adam Alexander .

He describes them as being reliable , heavy cropping and with good  flavour , which I didn't really quite believe , but  now I have tried them , I must agree , they really are very nice indeed . 

 I am saving a good number of the pods to ripen fully this time , so I can grow them again next year and hopefully get a much bigger harvest .

Those Peppers are Sweet Pepper Rainbow Mini-bell and I was a bit disappointed with these  . They didn't produce the lovely selection of colours as on the picture on the seed packet . The green ones were lovely and of course they ripened up to beautiful red . There were no orange or bright yellow ones at all ....just these very insipid tasting cream ones . They did  grow to a nice snack sized fruit though and I still have some more to come in the greenhouse . I will save the seeds from that green/red one . 

The Courgettes are only just beginning to come now , having only produced male flowers up until now .....and it's the same with the Butternuts for the second year in a row . I only have one Spaghetti Squash on the way , that I am growing for my daughter .

It has grown quite a bit bigger since I took this photo of it , my daughter will be pleased to know ! 

 It still didn't refill the water-butt completely , but everything has certainly benefited from this recent heavy shower of rain .

                                                    Some for the freezer !

                                                       Happy harvesting all ! 


  1. That dahlia looks just like one of mine. I’ve given up on growing peppers but we gave courgettes by the bucketful

    1. Well done Sue :) I can only think that the soil must be impoverished somewhat in the place where I grew my squashes this year . I must work harder at improving and "giving back" to the good earth .

  2. How interesting to read about your Sommerset Heritage Runner Bean. How stringy are they?

    1. Surprisingly , for an old variety , not at all ! I don't let them get too long. I pick them slightly smaller , as you can see in the bowl ,in the picture above . Very nice :)