I don't mean to brag, peeps, but I really do have some cracking pumpkins! Well, if truth be told, I'm having a ton of success with nearly all my crop so far. Since my last post the veggie patch just seems to have gone crazy. One day I'm out watering a few little seedlings, and the next, I'm practically having to wrestle my way through the garden amongst foliage and hanging fruits! Well, not quite, but I think you get the general idea.
As this is my first year of growing my own I don't know any different. However, I've been informed by many of my lovely followers on here, (and on Twitter) that this year happens to be quite exceptional. The crops are impressive and plentiful...we will not go hungry in our house, that's for sure!
Most impressive of all has to be the courgettes. I mean, seriously, they are MAHOOSIVE! We're eating at least one a day, and we're still not sick of them.
I've been making a scrummy spicy ratatouille with mine. Nicole absolutely loves it too. You should see her little face when we go out to pick our dinner from the garden! I've been using our own tomato's, courgettes, French beans, garlic and chili's (which I omitted from Nicole's portion) for the dish and, if I'd let her, she'd lick the plate clean.
My Very Own Ratatouille
2 big hand fulls of tomato's
handful of French beans
1-2 fresh chili's
1 clove of garlic
Brown the courgette in a pan. In a separate pan fry onion, crushed garlic, chopped beans and chopped chili's. Chop tomato's and add to the pan. Add the browned courgettes and simmer for 20 mins.
As an optional extra, add a dash of double cream at the end...if you're feeling naughty!
The beetroot's doing really well, (although I'm not 100% sure how to prepare it....I'm thinking of boiling it)as are the pumpkins. By Halloween they are going to be huge!
We can't eat the rocket fast enough, and I hate to say it, but some ended up on the compost heap because it had grown so big that it had started to flower.
Blueberries, raspberries and spring onions are all doing me proud. I was just about to give up on the mange tout when I saw THIS bad boy beaming away at me! Neverappier!
I have to admit, I've been so scared about picking them, thinking that they may never grow back. How wrong could I be? I've since done my homework and discovered that the more frequently that you pick them, the more fruits they will provide...and with that, I'm off out amongst the wild to pick tonight's dinner. Wish me luck!