Welcome to our fifth Garden Bloggers Harvest Day this 5th day of May 2012. Our Two Gardens are in a change of season mode and being faithful to nature, we are preparing our gardens for the new growth ahead. So the sowing and the harvesting of seeds are the topic of discussion. We can officially declare summer over and the Autumn short! We are looking past all the fallen leaves and dead branches and, just by shifting the viewpoint, we can see our gardens as places of beauty to come and this sparks a whole new relationship with our plants and veggie patch!! Even though the beds are bare, lets bless our mess!!

Let’s see what can be harvested from Barbies Garden this month

Well, the month of May, for me, is a time for harvesting seeds and starting a formal seed bank. This I have never done before – yes, the odd seed or two, but this time I have a collection of seeds from my garden from swopping with friends and the yet-to-plant seeds that I have bought from various food and plant markets and garden shows. But I have a few veggies and incredible edibles that I can harvest and display with a smile on my face – we use these regularly in the kitchen and I have friends who call and ask for my herbs and lemons!

Love Swiss Chard and its versatility

Also fun to photograph

Parsley, Sage …

Rosemary and …

… Thyme!

Origanum and Chives make a pretty picture

The back garden has accepted its fate and has now officially gone to seed and the harvesting of Sweet Basil and Rosemary seeds and Celery is in full swing. The Parsley and Thyme still grow on.

Sweet Basil gone to seed

Rosemary seeds now need to dry out

Other great harvest gifts from my garden!

The lemon tree is bursting with growth!

Chilli is still going strong!

Celery for winter soups – yum!

Something new – Peppadew Chilli

These versatile and great to eat plants add flavour to so many warm winter dishes – soup comes to mind – Yum yum!

Let’s see what can be harvested from Christine’s Garden

My veggie garden is mostly confined to planters and pots which are still producing plenty of herbs and chillies which I am using in soups and stews. I’ve finished planting out all my garlic bulbs and have been planning what else to grow that can grow well in containers. Although my tomatoes are finished and we’ve removed the spent plants, other things are growing well, some profusely including the new fennel, the bell peppers and the lemon grass plant is huge and lush. Basil never seems to give up and i’m still getting lots of parsely.

Here are a few of the edibles I’m harvesting for soups and stews …

A basketful of goodiesHarvest Day in May 2012

Chillis, peppers and herbsChillis, peppers and herbs

Lots of lovely chivesLots of lovely chives

Lovely fennel foliageLovely fennel foliage

The bell peppers are growingThe bell peppers are growing

Oh dear! What have we here?Oh dear! What have we here?

That’s all for this month – What’s growing in your Veggie Patch this month?

About Garden Bloggers Harvest Day

Please join us on the 5th of every month and show us what you’ve harvested. Whether you have a massive vegetable garden or grow a few herbs in pots or just pick a few peaches from a tree … we’d love to see! Its all about sharing our experiences, photographs, successes and failures as we “learn to grow”.

So prepare a post on your blog about what you harvested this past month, link up to us at The Gardening Blog and then, add your link to the Mr. Linky below so we can all visit your blog and “share in your harvest”. And leave us a comment! We LOVE hearing from you!

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