What are you harvesting atm?

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284700Post doofaloofa
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:20 am

It doesn't grow on tree you know

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284701Post happyhippy
Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:08 pm

So if I freeze the strawberries Green Aura,(1)Can I still make jam with them once defrosted?and (2) if I don't make jam,and freeze them,once defrosted do they go mushy?

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284712Post Marc
Mon Jun 29, 2015 7:42 am

Beautiful little gem lettuce and various salad leaves.
New potatoes, swiss chard, courgettes, just about to pick first broad beans.
Have picked 3 cucumbers from tunnel, and flat french beans in there just about ready :)
Oh, nearly forgot. Loads of strawberries, and have even had a few raspberries from the autumn fruiting ones that I left canes from last year on as an experiment :)
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284714Post Green Aura
Mon Jun 29, 2015 6:00 pm

Yes you can hh and you don't need to mash them either (not that I do anyway :wink: ).
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284718Post happyhippy
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:28 pm

Green Aura:So to freeze Strawberries,am I right that you place them on a tray so they freeze separately and then transfer into a bag?Im guessing also you don't wash them first?TIA xx

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284723Post doofaloofa
Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:13 pm

We freeze in the tupperware box , but give them a shake after an hour or so to stop them sticking together
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Post: # 284727Post Flo
Thu Jul 02, 2015 6:35 pm

Elephant garlic is drying now!

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284731Post Green Aura
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:14 am

I've never tried that doofa. I just freeze them, open, on a baking sheet then transfer them to a bag. They stay nice and separate and we can get a few out to make smoothies, or whatever, as we need them.
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284740Post Odsox
Fri Jul 03, 2015 8:54 am

Fruit picking season now. Apart from strawberries I'm now picking raspberries, blueberries, morello cherries and just over 2 kilos of gooseberries were picked and bottled earlier in the week.
I could pick some blackcurrants if I could be bothered to pick them one at a time, there are one or two ripe on each bunch, but I'll wait until they are all ripe and pick the lot in one go.
Later today I will pick the first apricots for tomorrow's breakfast muesli. :cheers:

EDIT: Would you believe it, I forgot the Loganberries :scratch:
We have been picking them daily for a week or so and will be for another several weeks. There are so many this year that I'm not bothering to net the plant, the blackbirds can't even keep up and there's still more than enough for us.
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284747Post diggernotdreamer
Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:26 pm

I am now moving to the tropic of Cork, my blackcurrants are at least two weeks off being ripe. Do you grow your cherries and apricots inside or outside? I bought a nectarine tree for my polytunnel in March and it has turned out to be a peach, I don't do fuzzy , Wonder if I can put it outside, what do you think? I have a house wall that faces south I could possible put it up against, would that be alright?

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284748Post Odsox
Fri Jul 03, 2015 6:50 pm

Cherries are outside DnD but the apricots are on the back wall of the greenhouse. It's the third tree that's been in that spot, I started with a fig that produced masses of fruit, but what can you do with 5 bushels of ripe figs ? Eating them all would have had some "interesting" consequences. That came out and was replaced with a peach, which also produced masses of fruit which was pretty tasteless, so that came out and the apricot went in instead. That also produces masses of fruit, last year I picked a shade over 10 kilos, but they dry very well and has a fantastic flavour, fresh and dried. So eventually I got it right. :iconbiggrin:
Your peach should do OK outside if it's not likely to be wind blasted, they can take many degrees of frost, in fact they need chilling to produce fruit. I have a nectarine outside and it seems to be happy.
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284883Post doofaloofa
Sat Jul 18, 2015 6:36 pm

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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284896Post ina
Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:59 am

Gooseberries, red currants, black currants, and a few strawberries. Also radishes and lettuce, and courgettes are starting. Oh, and onions (just for immediate use). Not much of anything, but enough to keep it interesting. And herbs, of course. Meant to get the anti-bird protection on the bushes today to save some currants for me, but it's bucketing down again... :(
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284898Post Odsox
Sun Jul 19, 2015 10:32 am

It's a beautiful day down here for a change, but there was definitely an autumnal nip in the air first thing.

Grubbed out the courgettes today as I need the space for a late pea row, so later will be making a load of ratatouille.
First pick of runner beans later ..... all 2 of them. :lol: There's masses to come, but by the time they are ready these two will be too old.
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Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Post: # 284902Post Flo
Sun Jul 19, 2015 11:11 am

We've had squillions of strawberries and raspberries. We are now into squillions of peas and broad beans and even courgettes.

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