With the arrival of the Autumn Equinox our weather took a sudden turn from pleasantly warm, sun-drenched days, to gale force winds, rain showers and overcast skies. So for day 117 Days Wild I thought I’d stay close to home and have a look at what has been happening in the garden.
We have six different fruit trees – two pear, three apple, and a damson. One of the pear trees was starting to drop its fruit so we thought it best to harvest them before the strong winds brought them all down. This year’s crop consists of a relatively small number of very large pears. Some of the weigh over 1lb / 450g each. This is possibly because there was a lot of natural droppage back in June, allowing the tree to push lots of energy into those that remained and grow them to a large size.
We have a small vegetable patch for tomatoes, summer greens and a few root veggies such as carrot and beetroot. The last of the tomatoes have just been harvested. We already have a full bowl of them sitting on the kitchen window ledge, ripening nicely. The latest batch of them is still green. we’ve left these out in the shed where hopefully the cooler temperatures will stop them from ripening too quickly.
This year we’ve also been able to glean a considerable number of onions from the remnants left after the harvesting of a nearby farm-field.
For those things that we can’t grow for ourselves, whenever possible we like to buy products that have been locally produced. We buy our potatoes from a nearby farm shop, other fruit and veg from the local market, and we’re fortunate enough to have a butcher in the family who sources us with locally and ethically farmed meats.
This jar of local honey was spotted in a shop the other day. I just had to get it.
Have you brought in any harvests recently, or found any tasty local produce? I’d love to know. Just leave a comment below.