Grow your own stew

This morning has been spent harvesting some of our veg before they choked each other in the greenhouse!
Above we have beetroot (2nd batch), turnips, swede ad carrots.

Left: beetroot, turnips, swede       Right: carrots.

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These are the best of the crop though
I’ve cooked the beetroot and they are in the fridge ready for whatever I’m going to do with them, but we have peeled and chopped all the root veg and frozen it down for our stew in the colder months.

The tomatoes in the greenhouse are multiplying but not turning red yet. Sadly the beans and tomato plants outside are not faring too well. The beans aren’t even half way up the canes and are producing flowers so unless they have a mad climbing spurt, I don’t think we are going to have very many.  Such a contrast from our first year and 2019 wasn’t too bad in the end.

Left: bean wigwam in 2018                       Right: canes in grow bag 2019

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21 Responses to Grow your own stew

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    That’s spectacular! That greenhouse has made such a difference. As for your tomatoes in the garden I wonder if the heat has had something to do with it a friend of mine has had similar issues and she said it’s been too hot for them.

    • A lot of locals are saying the same about the heat. Last year it was too hot one day and dripping wet the next which is why crops were slow and low. The toms in the greenhouse should see me through quite a while if they all turn red, and I can always freeze some for my pasta dishes.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        It’s just wonderful that you can grow so many of your own veg. And hopefully next year the weather will be more tomato friendly.

      • It’s been an interesting learning curve with the greenhouse and we shall plan better next year. But we are lucky to enjoy what we’ve grown so far.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I think you’ve been amazingly successful given it’s your first year. And given what I’ve heard from several friends who have been growing their own veg for years, you are constantly learning and adjusting.

      • We shall be spending some time ravamping our growing beds over the winter ready for next year.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        That’s what my friends do

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Garden and produce looking amazing
    Tomatoes that are starting to ripen should complete ripening if left at room temperature for up to two weeks, if you store them in newspaper, in a cardboard box, in a dark place between 55-70F (13-21C). My dad always covered ours and put them in a drawer about now 💜

  3. scifihammy says:

    How marvellous to grow your own produce and it all looks very healthy 🙂

  4. murisopsis says:

    What a bounty! We are overrun with kale and the tomatoes are producing well. The cherry tomatoes are giving us so many that Sparky is eating them with every meal – even breakfast! At least the big tomatoes are taking their time! I’m sure your tomatoes will come soon enough. We are all done with the beans and peas (thank goodness) and the radishes grew well but we only got a handful. Sparky planted then too thick and didn’t thin them so they never got really big…

  5. Carol anne says:

    Enjoy! I’m sure the stew will be delicious. 💖💖😉

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