Friday, 19 October 2012

The Final Tomatoes

Our harvest is now coming to an end and with perfect timing as we prepare to move out of our city centre apartment to a place with a small *outdoor* garden across the Mersey.

These Tiger tomatoes are very ripe with a pale stripe and taste delicious.

We are also finishing off the aubergines and peppers. Hopefully the rosemary plant will continue to flourish in our new place.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Small Aubergines Stubbornly Refuse to Ripen

We have about 25 of these small stripey Aubergines (or eggplants, some really do look like eggs).

They haven't altered much for a few weeks, some have changed colour a bit but they're still very hard.

I believe they should be ready late Summer and the skins are shiny so maybe we should try some.

Friday, 31 August 2012

Ripe Red Bell Peppers

You can see why they're called 'Bell' Peppers - all in a line ready to be chimed (or pealed :)

We're very pleased with our crop, not bad considering they've been grown indoors during a cool, grey Summer. We actually feel sorry for our plants. We do look after them well but we're sure they'd be happier if they were free-range - need to get a place with space for a proper outdoor veg patch.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Tiny Tomatoes Almost Ready to Eat

Almost... but not quite. The Head Gardener likes her tomatoes to be very red and ripe before picking.

While we were away for a few days all our plants enjoyed camping out in the real sun and rain on a kind neighbour's balcony. It seemed to do them good, all the peppers have reddened a lot too but now they're all back indoors.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

A Taste of Padron Peppers

We decided it was time to pick a few of our Padron Peppers. They're about the size of my thumb and still quite young and green but appear to have stopped growing in size.

I'm sure that the longer you leave them the hotter they'll get and although most of them are relatively mild about 1 in 50 is reckoned to be fiery hot. I think we had one really hot one and the others had a bit of a kick but not too much.

We cut them in half, sprinkled with oil and sea salt and grilled for a few minutes - very nice.

We grew these from seed and they've not been too much trouble so I think we'll be growing more in the future.

Friday, 27 July 2012

First Stripey Aubergine Appears

Some while after the lovely Aubergine (Eggplant) flowers appeared the stripey fruits are slowly emerging.

I hadn't noticed before just how sharp those small needles are on the enveloping leaves. Obviously there to protect the young fruit from predatory birds etc.

These plants do attract greenfly but otherwise seem to be quite trouble free (so far).

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Plentiful Padron Peppers

Very pleased with the number of little Padron Peppers growing here.

You may recall these are the type where about 1 in 50 is really hot. I doubt we'll get as many as 50 from our one plant but still makes me nervous thinking about it. It'll be quite a while before they're ready to eat.