Last allotment harvest of July

I’ve been to the plot this morning to harvest, clear and replant. The first thing I had to do was pull a trug-full of beetroot. We do love beetroot and this year I’ve grown two varieties: Chioggia – which is gloriously pretty, having rings of pink and white, and very delicate in flavour and Cylindra which we cook (1-3 hours baked in foil) and either eat immediately or pickle or freeze (peeled, sliced in half and open frozen before being transferred to freezer bags). Beetroot only keeps for three months in the freezer and is one of the foods that deteriorates really fast, but it’s worth keeping to eat lovely earthy-tasting beetroot in November! There were some smaller beetroot that I've left in the ground, after giving them a nice foliar feed with comfrey tea, in the hope that they will fill out and be harvestable in the next couple of weeks.

Around the skinny beetroot, in the bed I’ve cleared, I’ll plant more rocket as a catch crop, along with oriental salad leaves and sow some raddichio and mooli as winter crops. Our maincrop peas have started to get some nasty little pea grub in them, so I picked all the good pods I could find and it will be time to take down the plants next week, and make room for something else. OH has already cleared the broad beans from the front of the plot, so that we can spend the winter killing off the elder tree that was cut down and around which we planted them, and which is sprouting away merrily. Having our incinerator bedded down on top of it for the whole of the winter will definitely put an end to its phoenix-like behaviour! Next year we will put pumpkins and summer greens in that area, and the year after that, it’ll become our potato bed.

I also picked up half-a-dozen of our monster onions to make caramelised onion relish, and cut four courgettes to give away. I made a nice salad in the week with grated courgette, grated carrot, white cabbage and cashew nuts, but already I’m pretty fed up with courgette! Next up is a big batch of courgette and lime cake to freeze but that will have to wait until after the weekend, by which time another batch of courgettes will be more than ready to be cut. It’s non-stop in summer, and we haven’t had a drop of rain (again)!

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Posted by The Allotment Blogger on Friday, July 29, 2011


Blogger Joanna said...

WE haven't had many courgettes so far but already I have picked a mini marrow :o(

July 29, 2011 at 9:38 AM  
Blogger The Allotment Blogger said...

What did you do with it? OH likes steamed marrow with butter, salt and pepper ... I think that's a waste of butter! Small marrows I tend to use up in vegetable stews but I wonder what you do with yours?

August 1, 2011 at 3:48 AM  

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