This mornings harvest: the first lot of apricots, zucchini bush baby and yellow pygmy tomatoes. Also mini cauliflower, radish mix, green rokoto chillies, very mature spring onion, mini savoy, & broccoli.
We have partially covered the apricot tree. The birds have to decided to leave some of the uncovered apricots intact whilst pecking at others through the net - go figure... I am a little unsure about this dwarf apricot tree- I don’t find that it holds the heavy fruit well on the branches -they constantly look like they are going to snap (& indeed one of the branches did snap last year). Does anyone find that with their dwarf?
Little dance for another lot of gooseberries 💃. I have pretty much picked the lot now. The fruit on the two thornless bushes is considerably smaller than the fruit on the thorned bush I first harvested from. I can’t remember the varieties- one is Captivator-not sure if the size difference is due to position or variety?? I must say that picking from the thornless variety considerably more pleasan- than picking from the thorned one - I was able to just run my hand along the underside of the branches and pick them in one go rather than picking one by one trying to avoid the huge thorns. I should have enough fruit to make a small jar of Nigel Slaters’ ‘Sweet Pickled Gooseberries’ & a small jar of jam. The larger ones are destined for pork chops (I use them instead of apples). The first lot of tomatoes almost escaped my attention. I was greedy and planted the mini tomato bushes way too close together and also haven’t pruned out the foliage so they were hidden below a sea of green. Pruning these will be a job for this afternoon.
Very happy to have another bunch of mini caulies. I am going to roast these whole.