Those of you who’ve been following my blog for a while, will know that 18 months ago, we moved to our new home in the (French) countryside and hubbie began doing what he’d always dreamed of doing . . . cultivating a proper vegetable patch.
Last summer was the first year for fresh veggies & fruit . . . with only a small area planted. This year, hubbie more than doubled the surface of soil that he dug and turned over (with the help of a rotovator) . . . and drew himself a little plan for crop sowing.
Earlier this season we’ve already enjoyed fresh beetroot, spinach, courgettes, brocoli and strawberries aplenty. As summer progresses, harvesting has become a daily task, and not only are we enjoying produce fresh but we’ve also begun making preserves and freezing the excess.
The first tomatoes are ripe for the picking. We’ve enjoyed fresh & raw in salads . . . today we were in the kitchen following recipes to enable us to store some of the harvest. We planted mainly “Roma” and “Ondine”
Here are some of the “Roma” tomatoes both bottled and as “coulis”.
We also have some tiny, pretty, yellow cocktail tomatoes as well as the larger red varieties.
Beans this year aren’t just green . . . we also planted “butter” beans which are actually a very pretty yellow in real life. I’ve been freezing both sorts but also cooking and eating as we harvest.
Not sure if these big green things are marrow/squash, or what . . . and I’m not even sure how I’m supposed to prepare them . . . google is my friend, I’ll find out later. What I do know is, dark green is the right colour lol. They’re definitely not pumpkins.
Oh, and something that was delicious and we’ll plant more of next year . . . new potatos. The “ratte” variety. We planted about 20 seed potatos, and harvested around 8 kilos in total, over several weeks. Sadly, they’ve all been eaten now but for 2017 we’ll double the potato patch.
It’s very rewarding to be able to harvest and eat our own fresh produce. We know exactly how it was grown (no pesticides) and we’re enjoying the entire process – from planting to eating.