Monday, February 6, 2012

Harvest Monday (a.k.a. Harvest Porn for those in the Northern Hemisphere)



Not only do I keep forgetting to blog (I blame the fact my thesis came back, and yet I passed, I'm almost a Dr now!) but I keep forgetting to take picturess of all the harvessa but here are the bits I did remember. There have been more tomatoes, cucumbers and a barrage of apples (ok there were about 7 apples, but that's a barrage if ever I saw one) And this is a picture of but one ...



Tomatoes galore, though I've culled the broken down vines now (the usual wilt attacked them again) The black russian tomatoes were my absolute favourites. Here is some gratuitious tomato porn for those in the snowy, cold Northern Hemisphere. See, tomato bottom!


Three of the four of these delightful tomatoes were shared with the boyfriend in our dinner. In summer, dinner for me is usually a salad plate, and I just nibble away at it. The cucumber and tomatoes came in very handy for this task.


On Australia Day (26th of Jan, a very difficult day to reconcile in Australia's past) I used up a significant portion of the basil and garlic to make a pesto pasta salad. The cucumbers and tomatoes went in too, and it was a big hit at our picnic, along with my lemon curd and kiwi fruit pavlova.


Back to the harvest ... and there is a constrant stream of chillis.



The only miss was the corn. I got a few cobs fromt he first lot, which were delicious and shared with my parents on Christmas Eve. None of the second lot pollinated properly and this was the only cob I salvaged. Isn't it the saddest looking cob of corn you have ever seen?



I culled a significant postion of the summer plant from the balcony garden yesterday, no more cucumbers, only one tomato so harvest will be down for a while. But in their place are some broccoli seedlings and some kale, so harvests shouldn't be too far away.

For more harvest funtimes head on over the Daphne's Dandelions.

8 comments:

Michelle said...

Tomato porn! :o More please, I miss fresh tomatoes sooo much.

TEAM DEAN said...

I love it...I miss tomatoes so much. We have been eating many salads sinc ewe have only greens and tomatoes and salads are a perfect mix...I cannot wait til summer!

Mark Willis said...

Just goes to show that you don't need a vast space to be able to produce worthwhile crops - though about the corn, the less said the better... :)

Liz said...

Even though I have my own I can still appreciate a beautiful tomato and that Black Russian looks lovely. Seeing that apple has reminded me how much I am looking forward to having some new season apples - but alas I don't have a tree so a trip to market is it order.

Mary Hysong said...

What a great harvest from your little space! when growing very small patches of corn I find it's helpful to hand pollinate, you can put a paper bag over the tassels and go out early in the morning as soon as the pollen is shed then take the bag and sprinkle it over the silks. You can also just cut the tassels and do the same thing, making sure the silks are evenly coated with pollen. Of course I'm not always at home at just the right time and so some of mine end up looking a bit like yours!

Andrea said...

Great harvest from your little balcony and enough basil to make pesto! Yum, pavlova sounds great too.

Sustainably Modern said...

I have a tough time with corn myself, but I will try again...hope you do too!

Lynns Urban Garden Diary said...

Awwww... your poor corn! lol!! Your harvest looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing. I am another garden starved northerner. lol!!!

Lynn