We’ve been eating really well so far this month, with lots of fresh baby leaves, baby vegetables and the first of the soft fruits (strawberries). It’s been too hot to cook for the last couple of days, so we’ve pretty much been living on salads and fresh fruit.
The windowsill has given us a couple of sweet peppers this week, both green Romano peppers, and a couple of cayenne chillies. The Hungarian Hot Wax mild chillies I planted in the garden are also producing nicely, making big and flavourful peppers. They’re all fairly early this year, but I’m not complaining!
I’ve dug up more radishes, turnips and carrots, and now one or two beetroot seem to be ready, and various green leaves are due to be picked: chard, leaf beet, summer cabbages and so on. Think the more spinachy leaves are going to end up in a quiche or some filo parcels with some cheese. We’ve finally had some spring onions this month too, some of the red ones, after I’d given up on them.
The most impressive plants in early July have been the Picolino mini-cucumbers – we’ve had six in the last week or so, and the flavour’s been excellent. If they carry on like this for the next few weeks then I’ll definitely be growing them next year. Neither of the other types have given us a fruit yet.
We’ve been eating fresh peas right out of the pod, or adding them to dishes at the end of cooking. I’ve missed picking a few here and there, but will get back to that tonight so see if it helps with producing more. The Ultimate Mixed lettuces have been doing us proud, but the nicest lettuce we’ve had in July has been Freckles. I’ll be sowing a few more Freckles at some point, hopefully, because they look lovely in the salad bowl and well as having some crunch and great flavour.
The next things I’m about to cut are the heads of the Brokali Apollo. This is a cross between Calabrese and Kailaan, and the first four tops are ready to go. I’m also going to pick a few kale leaves from the first sowings as they’re getting too big for their boots, and I won’t want to waste the cuttings. We’ve also had the first few Borlotto beans, steamed as whole baby pods, lots more sugar snap peas, and the first couple of courgettes.
The first Glacier tomatoes are ready to eat, and the Losetto cherry tomatoes are still going strong. There’s also more rocket, and loads of herbs. It really feels like a proper Grow It Yourself summer now!
What are you cooking and eating from your plot this month?