As this is their first year, I hadn’t expected a huge harvest from the strawberry beds in either the polytunnel or outside. I was mostly correct but Malwina, albeit sold as a ‘late’ strawberry has produced the most fabulous huge dark red and juicy fruits and at a rate that justifies taking a bowl to collect them rather eating them at the plot. The raspberries are still at the ‘eat at plot’ stage of production but I think that may change in a few weeks.
Lettuce production has moved out of the polytunnel and these are the last two plants to be cut. The space is now planted with dahlias and late chrysanthemum (Green Mist)
The cucumbers have gone into overdrive; I picked four on Saturday, three tonight and several more will be ready tomorrow or Tuesday. The variety is Delistar, light green with a very thin skin.
Just as I was leaving, I check the climbing french beans Cobra in the tunnel and discovered that I had a small harvest of french beans too!
And finally there are cherries! I thought that as usual, between the wind, birds and squirrels there wouldn’t be any left for me. I think the severe top prune has encouraged it to fruit lower down (really it had no choice) More accessible for me and too close to the ground for furry and feathered fiends. Fat, juicy, sweet cherries. Nom 🙂
What harvests are you particularly pleased with or surprised by?
Great harvest so far! Our tomatoes look promising this year, and so do the parsnips and carrots.
Lovely update I had a small harvest of strawberries from greenhouse and same in the borders in the garden broad beans are coming in slowly like some of the lettuce leaves have a blessed week
I actually got to eat a couple of strawberries this year, but it was definitely eat at the plot. The raspberries are even earlier than they were last year and I’ve been eating them for breakfast. I love raspberries and I never get to the stage that I feel the need to preserve them, they go straight from the plot to stomach!!
I think the strawberries are earlier this year as well.
Fab news about your cucumbers. I didn’t have space to sow any until now… From experience, I should still manage a plant or two with fruit later in the summer – one seed germinated so far!
Good post and lovely pictures. It’s all looking good, and I’m sure tasting even better. As to your question I’ve yet to start harvesting apart from the strawberries and raspberries. xx
It all looks delicious! I’ve been harvesting lots of lettuces, garlic scapes, strawberries, spinach. The first broccoli heads were eaten last eve, and the first black raspberries. Tiny squashes and cukes and tomatoes show lots of promise!
Broad beans are blanched and in the freezer – and I have 1 enormous courgette. Wondering what to do with it – I can see it featuring in the village panto as a comedy vegetable!