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A little round up of what is still growing in the garden as we head into the colder half the year at the end of the harvest.
The ‘radiator’ idea seems to be working and we may well yet manage our first butternut 🙂
First time at butternut
I may have to pick them and find uses soon
Some of the flowers that are picking out the blazing Autumn colours.
few sunflowers left to collect seed from, calendula still blooming wonderful autumnal colour, as are the natrutiums, a few self seeds from summer/spring have taken and grown too. even a little pea 🙂
The Russian vines leaves are dropping fast now
Tomatoes are still swelling on the vine
I will harvest any before the first frosts and use a heavily spiced traditional russian recipe for green tomatoes (or apples) for making chutney
some even ripening in the autumnal sunshine.
cabbages are doing great
I intend to make a ruby sauerkraut with some and sweet pickles too
The medlars are new trees and I am pleased they have fruited well enough for me to use something. I am starting to grow my own trees for the future.
Medlar need to stay on the tree untill after the first frosts when they have been softened or spoiled slightly. You can pick them and leave them to ‘blet’ in the traditional way.
This means leaving them until they have just begun to rot slightly. It deepens and sweetens the flavour making them more useful and much more appetising.
I have never tried Medlar I shall update with how we get on.
Leeks are doing well too