At the end of a busy Bank Holiday weekend, I just wanted to share a quick update from the garden, because I can’t believe we’re already harvesting and eating our home-grown produce in May! The recent rain and sun weather combo has probably helped a lot, but I didn’t expect to be eating from our garden this early in the year! The radishes seemed to go from red stems to full, fat radishes in a matter of days, and some of the rocket and salad leaves are also big enough to pick and eat: hello salads in this hot weather!
Because these are fresh from the garden, they’re definitely best enjoyed the same day, as there are no preservatives to keep them from going soft, even in the fridge. I wanted to try them as they are before adding any extras, and I’m really glad I did. The flavour is so much fresher and more intense than shop bought equivalents, and they need very little done to them before eating. As far as I’m concerned, a wash and cut is all they need before enjoying!
I was so unprepared for the growth spurt that I’ve only just done a second sowing of the radish seeds to replace the ones we’ve eaten, so there will be a bit of a wait before the next lot are ready. Although if this pace continues, perhaps it won’t be such a long wait after all! As for the rocket and salad leaves, I should be able to cut a few at a time to eat, and the plant will recover and carry on growing – fingers crossed!
Based on this success, I can’t wait to add the carrots and beets to my plate later in the summer, and keep checking them hopefully every day, but in reality, they probably won’t be ready until July. I’m also really excited to get started on the greenhouse project (hopefully it will arrive later this week!) for our tomatoes, peppers, chillies and courgettes, and our asparagus pot. Oh, and creating a herb garden, starting with our new rosemary bush! I did try to grow it from seed, but as nothing has happened yet, I bought a young plant instead, so I can get cooking my favourite rosemary roasted potatoes.
I did ask Chris what he thought of turning the whole garden into an allotment, complete with a couple of chickens, but he didn’t sound too excited about that one… So for now I’ll be channelling my enthusiasm into the current list of projects – and there’s plenty for me to be getting on with! Look out for more updates coming soon…
Are you growing your own veg this year? I’d love to hear how you’re getting on in the comments below!
Read the start of our growing journey here