We ate things from the garden this weekend, which kind of makes it all feel worthwhile.
Last night I made pizza, using the first of the tomatoes. It seems a shame to be roasting and pureeing home grown tomatoes, I feel as though they should be eaten raw, maybe in a salad, but the sad truth is I don’t do raw tomatoes, it’s the only thing I don’t eat and F is the same. Luckily, my youngest LOVES all vegetables so he has been snacking on the little cherry toms – Ildi – which I think deserves a place on my yearly list, as they are cropping beautifully with huge clusters of tiny fruit. The Brandywine above were roasted as they were a little damaged underneath, where the weight (they are MASSIVE) had pushed into the edge of the bench where I’d propped them to mature, but C is looking forward to eating some sliced in his vegi-burger bap, at a later date.
There’s the first of the plums (San Marzano), these are also cropping well, in fact this year is looking good for tomatoes in general.
Which brings me to a TomTato update. As per this earlier post, the TomTato is a tomato plant grafted into a potato, so I should get a crop of both. The plant was quite expensive so I’ve been looking after it with regular feeds and it’s been growing happily outside, in one of my large pots.
The potatoes are showing their first flowers
and I was excited to see the cherry tomatoes colouring beautifully, almost like the Thompson & Morgan promo photo below…..
My other large potato pot, full of Lady Christl has given us its first meal, I grubbed about and managed to pull out a few tubers for our lunch and they were delicious, eaten with a little butter and salt. It’s a new variety for me, I nearly always grow Charlottes but these are equally lovely.
The broad beans are nearly over, they are getting a little large now, today’s were blanched and then the skins removed and the beans added to a feta and pea salad. C had a courgette (zephyr), also from the garden added to his frittata for lunch (the rest of us eat meat, so we had Jerk chicken), so all in all it was a good day for eating garden produce. If I’d been better organised we’d have also pulled some carrots and the sweet corn is almost ready, but ideally needs a few more days.
Off the water and feed the greenhouse now, and enjoy the last few days of sun, before the rain arrives :)