Harvest time

Well okay it is a little early for harvest but that all depends upon the crop. I am told by E that there are many crops which can be grown at unspecified or preferred times, within reason of course. Crops such as wheat, corn, barley and potatoes are usually grown in season, that is they have a starting point for sowing which is limited. That is because the crop takes time to grow and if sown too late in the year will end up immature at the normal harvest time and be useless. Potatoes have a long growing season, that is they can be planted early or a little later and still produce a crop. Cabbages are another example. E tells me that beetroot can be grown almost throughout the year and I imagine it can for it grows to maturity quite quickly making it possible to have several crops throughout the normal growing season. We planted both potatoes and later beetroot and both are doing very well. Both pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. The first shows one of the areas where we planted beetroot and you can see how well it has done in a matter of a few weeks. In case you don’t know which plants are the beetroot they are two in number and are at the near left side. Behind them stands the small Phoenix Canariensis (Palm tree) and to the right is a chrysanthemum or ‘Mum’ not yet in bloom.

Beetroot

As the picture was taken about two weeks ago the beetroot now as I write is twice the height and the root is almost ready to harvest. The second picture shows the potato plants beginning to flower.

Potatoes

They too have grown higher since the picture was taken. Rhubarb is growing at the back of this bed on the right in the picture. So in the next few days I hope to harvest some of the beetroot. The other beetroot plants are all at different stages of growth and are dotted about the garden. the potatoes have a few weeks to go before we will consider collecting the crop. It takes almost no effort at all to grow these crops. As long as they are kept well watered there should be no problems. The apples are coming along fine too despite the lack of rain we’ve had recently. It is nice to see a harvest for our efforts nevertheless.

Shirley Anne

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