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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:33 pm    Post subject: The Harvest Trug... Reply with quote

And here we go with another thread: a variation along the themes of ‘What I did to day’ or ‘Things to do now’; and as we’re concerned here with fruit and vegetables, and with all aspects of cultivation, propagation and production of same, me thinks, why not have a harvest thread? I mean what’s the point of growing your own if you’ve no record of harvest for further or future reference? And sure one of the greatest joys any allotmenteer or fruit gardener will have will be in the harvesting of those crops they’ve spent weeks, and sometimes months cultivating and nurturing. And it may also serve as a guide to which crops faired best in any given time and place…so, without further ado, the 1st items into this year’s Harvest Trug are..from plot 49...

10th & 11th July

7kgs of Sharpe’s Express potatoes
1 Kg Gooseberries
1 Kg Blackcurrants
30 Garlic bulbs
27 Shallots
6 baby beetroot
3 Milan purple top turnips
3 Ronde de Nice courgettes

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2013 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Methinks I detect a Sussexer? The Trug is very much local to that county.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Blowin, a Dub thru' and true. But that said, me was conceived, born and lived in Brumm till 5 years old, before my emigrant parents became returning immigrants in the mid 60's. And as for the trug, well, one of our 'allotmenteeresses', her term, not mine, likes to display her harvest in just such a south saxon ciseán.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

13th July

20 stalks=5 kgs of Rhubarb
30 shallots
1 head of oakleaf lettuce
and too many handfuls of peas that never made it home...

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been taking stuff from the garden on a regular basis for a few weeks but never really keep track of quantities, this week I have had:-

= New potatoes (Coleen & Orla).
= Lettuce (Lolla Rosso & Leaf).
= Courgettes.
= Mangtout.
= Broccoli

I`m looking forward to a few Tomatoes during the coming week, a few are nice and orange and should be fully ripe in a few days. My over winter onions & Garlic are ready for drying. Peas look ready to pick also.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

15th July

4 more ambassador courgettes today.
Coming thick and fast now with the summer weather
(and as there is only so much courgette a family of 3 can get through in a
week, the girls in the office will be sick of them by season's end)

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i'd have known trugs from the brand name which make soft plastic buckets. odd that someone would have been able to trademark a common term.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2013 5:03 pm    Post subject: Courgetts Reply with quote

Dirt Digger,

I'm getting a lot of Courgettes from the greenhouse for the past few weeks and now the plants out in the raised beds are producing too. Mine are F1 Defender, they got so big that I have had to cut some of the leafs / stalks off. I won't be putting them in the greenhouse next year, i should have known from the size they got to last year outdoors, even with the bad weather we had.

A great way to use up Courgettes is to grill them on the barbecue with the meat. I marinate them in olive oil and Schwartz Classic Barbecue seasoning and then sear them on the grill. They are like a tasty substitute for Spuds & Veg at the same time, quick. easy & delicious.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hesitate to list the very limited quantities I've been harvesting so far, but this is my first year seriously growing fruit and veg for many a long year. I emptied a bag of Home Guard a week ago. They were small but delicious and ill give the rest another week before harvesting. Pentland Dell look ready so I'll dig one up to try it. Broad beans are finger length and I hear they are tasty whole at that size so I might try some. I grew two kinds of shallots. Red Gourmet have done much better than Brendan's, (both from Seed Savers.)
As for Sussex thugs, as an example of excellent traditional design, they are hard to beat, though equally hard to get, here. Our shallow, 'tuck under your oxter' willow baskets are as good, though.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good guy wrote:

As for Sussex thugs, as an example of excellent traditional design, they are hard to beat, though equally hard to get, here.


Brilliant Good Guy, just brilliant and the reason why some typos should never be corrected. All of a sudden I have a picture of groups of yobs, hanging around beaches in Brighton, Bognor and Eastbourne discussing traditional wooden hand-craft techniques Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You ain't far out Dirt Digger. As a former Cab driver, Brighton on a weekend night isn't a pretty sight, I can assure you.

The secret of the Trug is that they're made of good old chestnut - certainly a rarity in SW Ireland.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah. I like it too, now I've noticed it. Maybe it was my inner Graham Greenes talking. Or just predictive texting.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It you're getting too many courgettes I'd suggest picking them when they're no more than a dozen centimetres in length. Consider using them raw in salads.
Shop size courgettes are too big in my opinion. Less is more.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately you can't barbecue a salad and the kids want everything barbecued this weather.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

20th & 21st July


6 lbs Tomatoes
4 Courgettes
and 4 Cucumbers, another 1st, as we'd not grown cucumbers before...

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