A post today about the food we have left growing and ready for use in 'The Tunnels' and over on the Veggie Patch as well as dotted around by the house.
First lets have a wander into the polytunnel.
In this photo are the smaller of our Beetroot, planted later last Summer. The leaves got a bit frost damaged a couple of weeks ago, but the plants are now doing okay again.
In the centre bed is the later planted Kale.
And over on the left hand side is a bed of purple Kohlrabi. We mostly use this raw as it is absolutely delicious grated into a Winter Coleslaw.
Further along on this side are the older Kale plants, still lots to use on them but a bit tougher than the later planted batch. Great for soups though.
In one of the centre beds near the back doors are the Spinach plants. Still growing extremely well and keeping us supplied with lots of lovely greens.
The blue hoops are so that I can drape over some fleece when the temperatures outside plummet well below freezing. I have only had to do this once up to now this Winter.
I have a pot of carrots left in here too.
Over in the Net Tunnel there is a bed of Red Onions for Spring.
A bed of Turnips in use now.
A bed of White Onions also for Spring.
And finally some more Beetroot, these are slightly larger as they were planted earlier than the ones in the polytunnel and we are working our way through these first. Just one or two added to a pot of soup gives it a lovely colour and adds a richness to the flavour.
Of course we also have the Strawberries and Blueberries in the net tunnel but they are all dormant at the moment.
Out on the hillside on the Veggie Patch ... as you can see every day from the current blog header ... we have a bed of Leeks. Like all the things we are using at the moment we simply pull up what we need each time. The things we are eating both from the tunnels and out here on the Veggie Patch are all vegetables that can sit in the soil quite happily until they are needed.
Dad's Bed has a brilliant Rosemary plant that I am constantly using.
The other beds on the Veggie Patch are pretty neglected and weedy at the moment but over the course of the next few weeks will be dug over, manured and made ready for the start of the growing season. I sow seeds a bit later here in North Wales, even with the polytunnel I find it's pretty pointless to start too early as later sown seeds grow into stronger healthier plants and soon catch up with anything sown earlier.
It's all trial and error as a gardener or grower and you have to adapt to your area, soil and the ever changing weather conditions. It's taken me all of the four years we've been here to get to grips with this later sowing.
Walking back to the house we pass my pride and joy ... the first Bay plant that I have ever been able to keep alive.
Opposite it in the front flower bed is my large Sage plant.
And at the back of the house the old tin bath with it's collection of herbs. From it at the moment we are using Rosemary, two kinds of Thyme and Sage. It will be replanted in Spring and the compost refreshed. It looks a real mess at the moment as I can't pull out the dead plants or the three chickens that roam around the house at various times of the day will be straight in there digging in the newly visible soil!!
But it's handy having all my herbs so close to the house.
So exactly what are we eating from the growing areas at the moment -
Of course in the large chest freezer we have lots of the home grown produce that has been blanched and frozen and this includes Carrots, Cabbage, Courgette, Spinach, Kale and lots of fruit ...Blueberries, Blackberries, Rhubarb, chopped Apples, Red Currants, Black Currants and White Currants.
So on a drab January day with the river having burst it's banks in the field opposite it's nice to know that we could easily and happily turn to just our home grown produce to keep us going through the month.