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Holiday Harvests

Whew! All I can say is I LOVE SUMMER! I am in the middle of really enjoying a few days of rest and relaxation. I had my beautiful family here with me on Christmas eve and it was a magical day. The weather was sunny and hot and the garden was glowing. I spent all week getting it to look nice and in tip top condition and it was so worth it. My veggie patch supplied most of the Christmas Table spread and it was all gone by the time the family left. Well, it is the first time that we had no Christmas leftovers!! Β Unheard of!

Let me share with you what’s been growing in the garden and what I was able to harvest for the Christmas Table …..

[one_half]Loads of beetroot – the eeps love the greens![/one_half]

[one_half_last]A handful of blueberries – so sweet![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Swiss chard or spinach (as I call it)[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Runner beans – green and flavourful[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Cabbage still needs more time[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Iceberg lettuce[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Baby marrow in abundant supply[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Sweet basil – my favourite herb[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Coriander – so easy to grow[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Delicate chives – a must for any garden[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Sweet corn! Nearly ready[/one_half]

[one_half_last]The peaches were sooo delicious![/one_half_last]

[one_half]Roma tomatoes are taking their time this year[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Various lettuces, broccoli, spinach and beetroot[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Butternut squash taking over garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Broccoli patch with sunflowers and tomatoes[/one_half_last]

[one_half]Harvest surprise – what a monster![/one_half]

[one_half_last]A full plate of garden goodies![/one_half_last]

I am so enjoying the fruits of my labour! The hard work was so worth it!

Happy gardening xxx

By Barbara

Country living is the best! Being a true spirit of the earth, my garden is all about vegetables and fruit trees and herbs and chickens roaming free. I was keen to really start gardening when we moved to Philadelphia in 2005, but not your typical suburban-type garden – sterile and bug-free! I wanted an edible garden.

20 replies on “Holiday Harvests”

That handful of peaches has me salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs.
I had some pears on my pear trees last season, but none of the peach blossoms set fruit. My fingers are crossed for next year!
Beautiful pictures from the produce isle!

Thanks so much. Maybe a tip to getting your peach blossoms setting fruit – plant borage near it. It attracts so many bees and I am certain they will produce!! Let me know πŸ™‚

What a wonderful bounty! There’s nothing like fresh produce right from the garden. My veggie garden did terribly this past year due to improper placement. Next year, I’m looking forward to fresh veggies!

Have a wonderful New Year’s!

Hee!! πŸ™‚ I call my chickens “the eeps” … it came from them going ‘eep eep’ when they were chicks!
I do eat beetroot greens sometimes but I have so much of them that I also share them with the chickens … and I also have tons of lettuce and spinach to get through, so I’m pretty sorted!

I was surprised to read your statement, “love summer.” Then, I looked at your blog address and realized that ah! you are in the southern hemisphere and thus you are enjoying your summer now :-). It’s lovely to see all your produce. But, it would be more interesting to see what produce you have during winter because your winter should be mild and not freezing with lots of snow, right?

Right! I still grow lots of summer veggies during winter. We are going to start a Garden Bloggers Harvest Day so you can follow what we grow and eat in winter!

Hey Alan! Nope – I tried but I can’t see the face πŸ™

I do eat the young beet greens, but I told Carolyn too that I have so much green to eat…. πŸ™‚

So glad you had a great time with your family, and I bet they were so impressed to be eating food right out of the garden that you grew! That plate looks full, delicious, and healthy! And your garden looks beautiful. I know you were proud, and I’m sure they were proud of you.

Oh my what a veg garden and the fruit…so jealous and I can see how yummy…to be able to provide the Christmas dinner from your garden..unheard of here..finally getting snow…Hoping you have a wonderful, bountiful New Year!!

Thank you so much. Yes – it was very special. Our summer is only just starting! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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