Harvest highs and lows.

The potatoes have all started to die back recently and with that and the slugs eating most of the leaves, it seemed as good a time as any to see how many we have. We started with the old barrel

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We got a long way down before we saw any reward. It was far to heavy to lift and tip out. We dug it out and filled two old sacks before we got to any potatoes.

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We ended up with enough for a couple of meals. Not a great return but better than nothing!

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Monty said it was time to lift the garlic on Gardeners World this week so we had a little look

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They looked better than expected so up they came. Each one gently lifted with a fork.

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The onions have fallen over and needed weeding so we decided to get them up as well.

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We have a good tray full. Not huge but well worth the pound the sets cost us. I’ve laid them in the summerhouse to dry out.

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After topping the bed with some of the old potato compost I’ve sown lettuce, pak choi and short early carrots for a catch crop.

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The rest of the beds look like a jungle but I managed to harvest the last of the strawberries and some early raspberries

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Along with lots of mange tout.

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I topped and tailed them and after a quick wash threw them into the top of the freezer.
I had a chicken dish in the slow cooker. Just a quick mix of chicken breasts in a sauce of honey, rice vinegar, soy sauce and ginger. I used a damaged garlic clove and some left over carrots and a good handful of the mange tout.

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I grated all the ginger and twisted it into small portions and froze that as well. It all saves time on another occasion.

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When we had finished gardening it was lovely to have a meal waiting for us especially as it had our own produce in it.

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Maybe another time we can use our own ginger as well. It’s growing in the summerhouse as we speak!

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