Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Comedy courgette and big ol' blueberries

I've still not had much time to do any proper work down the allotment. I did manage to weed around 2 beds though so at least part of the plot is looking tidy. At this time of the year with the sun and rain the weeds are a proper battle. You dig them up, turn around and they are back again! I also got started on tidying up my 'burning bed'. My plan is to bag up all the crap there and get it down the tip. Once that is done I can plant out another 5x5m bed. Not sure what with yet!

I am pleased to be harvesting my first courgettes. It doesn't seem like that long ago when I planted 4 little weedy plants. They are now monsters and are producing the first veg. I have been down checking the progress of the plot every other day. I saw that they were nearly ready to pick so I have been waiting for them to get a little bigger. How the hell this one missed the checks I don't know! It is a whopper! It made me laugh when I spotted it. Almost looks like a marrow! It was very tasty :)

These two little beauties are much more reasonable size-wise. Look at the difference in size! These are waiting to be eaten. I expect they will taste better than the giant.

The checking also revealed some ripe blueberries off the plant I put it a little while ago. The fruits were really quite big compared with those you get in shops and they didn't have that soapy taste. I had them with some vanilla icecream and a smashed up crunchie. Yum!

More beans picked too. Looks like I will be eating a lot of beans as there are loads of flowers and forming beans on the plants. Luckily I love beans! I'm really pleased the blackfly seems to have been dealt with by nature too. Hooray!

11 comments:

Jo said...

I'm picking courgettes, blueberries and beans too.
My blueberry bushes are in the garden, and yesterday I had to rush out and pick all the ripe ones as I saw Mrs. Blackbird sat in the bush helping herself to them! She obviously likes them as much as I do.

Steph said...

pesky mrs blackbird! i thought i'd probably have to net the blueberries but it seems not so far. there aren't that many fruits on there anyway so at the moment it is not worth it. do you find the fruits taste quite different from the shop-bought ones?

Jo said...

I think everything tastes different to shop bought. I think the secret is that everything is much fresher when you grow it yourself. I adore blueberries though, so bought a second plant at the back end of last year. Apparently they do much better if you have more than one plant, and I can certainly vouch for that this year, I've got loads.

Steph said...

i might just have to invest in a second blueberry then. they are so pretty too :)

Poppy said...

We have picked our first beans today, about five LOL, I went up to the allotment after work and also picked about 20 courgettes, our second load of about this many and a few peas, can't be beaten can it?

Steph said...

i've been looking into maybe baking with some courgettes. i've seen some muffin and cake recipes that look interesting. i've baked with carrots and parsnips before. my friend made a chocolate beetroot cake once which was yummy. am sure courgette cake is good too :)

mangocheeks said...

That first courgette sure is a whopper! Hope it tasted goooood!

Veggrower said...

Hi Steph,
Veggrower here, I can thoroughly recommend courgette fritters, although I could do with more recipes too, as I have courgettes coming out of my ears at the moment! If you want the recipe then just ask. P.s. have added you to my and the blagblog's blogroll. Hope you don't mind! oh, which plot are you on, I will come and say hello?
Sam

Steph said...

oo yes, recipe please :) thanks for adding me to the blog roll.

i just found this link...

http://www.allotment.org.uk/recipe/category/vegetable-recipes/courgette-recipes/

lots of courgette recipes there

Poppy said...

Hope you're ok and not been drowned in your produces LOL

Steph said...

hello! yes, i am still alive. not had much allotment time lately, the weather has also been dire - too wet! will update soon.