Sum­mer har­vest

'Tis the sea­son of plenty; time to get cre­ative in the kitchen to make use of all the bounty

Element - - Healthy Home - By Janet Luke

Get your hat, sun­glasses and sun­block ready. We are now in the hottest months of sum­mer. With ad­e­quate water, growth in the garden can be rapid and ver­dant. Your garden may even be choc-a-bloc with grow­ing plants. Be care­ful you don’t plant too much of one veg­etable or else you will be look­ing for new homes for them very soon.

Ripe for the pick­ing

As­para­gus con­tin­ues along with broad beans, the first of the French beans, beet­root, broc­coli and cauliflow­ers. For some­thing dif­fer­ent try some globe ar­ti­chokes - any­thing soaked in gar­lic but­ter is yum!


Your beans, corn and to­ma­toes should be streak­ing ahead. It’s a good idea to make small but con­stant plant­ings of th­ese three. I plant a new cou­ple of rows ev­ery 2-3 weeks so that we have a con­stant sup­ply over the sum­mer months. Re­mem­ber to pick out the lat­eral on your to­ma­toes. Th­ese are the new side shoots that grow be­tween the main stem and the branch in the v shaped gap. If you pinch off any longer ones you can pop them in some pot­ting mix in a con­tainer and they will grow a new baby to­mato plant. Some­thing for noth­ing- I love it! Your as­para­gus bed may be fin­ished now. Let the fern-like branches de­velop, weed the area well and then mulch with sea­weed or com­post or poul­try ma­nure. You can sow beet­root seeds di­rectly where you want to grow. This is ac­tu­ally best with all root veg­eta­bles as they don’t like to be trans­planted. Keep the area moist un­til they ger­mi­nate. Keep up the ir­ri­ga­tion and ap­ply mulch to con­serve water loss. I use soak hoses placed un­der the mulch.

Ur­ban Or­chard

Spray your ap­ple trees for codling moth and pear, quine and plum trees will need to be sprayed to pro­tect them from pear slug. Pyrthrum is an or­ganic spray op­tion. If you have lots of baby fruit de­vel­op­ing on your trees it is a good idea to thin them. You can do this by hand by twist­ing off the smaller or dam­aged fruit, leav­ing the largest.

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