Veggie harvest report

Caption "Veggie Harvest Report" with the backdrop of a bright, imperfect sunflower

After my progress report a couple of months ago and as we’re nearing the end of vegetable growing season for us, I figured its time for a report on the harvest.

I love growing veggies. I’ll never forget the first year that I grew 5 courgette plants in a sun blessed garden and a friend gave me 8 tomato plants. Himself is only just coming back round to considering courgettes acceptable on his plate after 3 months of me sneaking them into almost every meal.

The rhubarb we had in that house grew its roots under the oil tank and lifted the slabs it was seated on. We moved swiftly on, grateful our buyers didn’t seem concerned.

Since we moved here we’ve had less luck. The garden is North facing and there’s only a small vegetable patch. I’ve tried growing tomatoes in pots and got lots of green ones that never ripen. My butternut squash have failed every year. The courgettes have done OK and I’ve discovered that cucumbers work surprisingly well.

This year’s vegetables

I started sowing seeds late this year, again. I really ought to learn that Easter is too late. I made up for my tardiness by putting the pots in the porch where they get lots of sun and warmth. It worked pretty well apart from some unfortunately dehydrated couple of beetroot seedlings and some mint.

By the time it came for planting out I’d got tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and squash, some courgette plants donated by a school mum, exchanged chillies, plus the obligatory sunflowers and a bunch of cocktail herbs.

By the end of July, the census was:

  • Two courgette plants, one being a lazy bugger with neither fruit nor flowers.
  • Two squash plants with some very suspicious looking fruit.
  • Two cucumber plants, fruiting already.
  • Six tomatoes going nowhere.
  • Five pepper plants at varying degrees of health.
  • Two cucurmelons with millions of tiny green fruit.
  • A strawberry plant feeding the local blackbird fledgling.
  • A chilli plant actually giving me chillies.
  • A row of beetroot, looking quite promising.
  • Several sunflowers.

Harvest time

By mid-September, the courgettes are all but finished. We’ve had a couple of decent courgettes but far more that have rotten before maturing or else shrivelling away. The squash have done better, with one decent fruit growing on one of the plants at least.

I was right that the tomatoes were going nowhere, they still haven’t even flowered and so I’ve given up completely on them. One of the chilli plants has done much better, we’ve had a few chillies and even given some away. The cucumber plants have been similarly productive.

The peppers have developed some small fruit on them, but they’ve blackened immediately and not grown to full size at all. I think that until I can persuade himself that we need a greenhouse, I should give up on them.

All the cucurmelons and strawberries fed the local bird population all summer long, they must have because we never got to eat any at all.

The sunflowers however, have been absolutely marvellous. They’ve cheered up gloomy days and brightened an otherwise unthrilling end of summer.

44 thoughts on “Veggie harvest report

  1. Pardon my ignorance, but I have no idea what a courgette is. I live in Arizona and will start my garden after the beastly hot goes away, probably October. Hubby built 2 raised garden beds, so I’m looking forward to seeing what I can grow. Your sunflowers are lovely. I’m going to plant some marigolds around the edges of the garden to try to keep the bugs away.

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      1. Thanks for clarifying what a courgette is. I grew zucchini in my Minnesota garden last summer. I had so many I was begging people to take them. It’s a good thing I like zucchini and made cakes, breads, salads, stir fry, etc., etc. Yes, Arizona is opposite from most of the world.

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  2. I too loved gardening but never got much success, may be I need some tips from you. The sunflowers are really looking very beautiful, blooming and making everyone around cheerful.

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    1. My tomatoes are a lost cause. I haven’t done beans because I didn’t think the boys would eat them. But then they had my dad’s. So maybe next year….glad yours had been productive x

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  3. Sunflowers are my favorite! I love to see fields of them along the highway. I would absolutely love to have some outside my home!

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  4. Love growing my own food – even if its just herbs sometimes it gives me such a thrill when I’m cooking to pop out to the garden and grab some to throw into a dish 🙂 looks like you have a lovely harvest there 🙂

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  5. Seems like you’ve done well out of the veg patch smell. I’ve actually no idea which direction our garden is facing.

    Himself should be pleased, he has some homegrown ingredients to use in some of those exquisite dishes he has been whipping up.

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  6. My dad is a gardener and has a full on allotment in his garden. I’ve asked him to do some for us next year because I love picking our own vegetables and using them in our meals.

    Sounds like a good harvest. Hope next year is even more successful for you x

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    1. Top tip for a slug problem: cut the top off a plastic bottle and bury it in your veg patch so the top is at soil level. Then half fill it with beer. The slugs love the sugar and die a happy death. We’ve occasionally drowned a mouse that way too by accident.

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  7. It looks like your garden did well. I also have a north-facing garden and every year is an experiment. We started some tomato and pepper seeds indoors under a grow light this year and it worked really well. I will definitely start more seeds indoors next year.

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