Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post. I feel better knowing that I'm not just being picky! Polite complaining emails have been sent! 😉 I took myself off to the allotment knowing that whatever I found (overgrown with weeds!!!) I had to get the tomatoes in. I think a few were looking a bit 'blight-y' and some had blossom end rot so I picked them all. Red ones, green ones and some in between ones! I pulled out all the tomato plants and sorted the rotten ones. They're piled up in my wheelbarrow for now. Just chillies, calendula and nasturtiums left in the polytunnel now.
I picked some more nasturtium seeds for pickling (the wee box.) My third batch!! I love them 😋 I'm saving some seeds to dry and use next year. The above riot of plants is from just 10 seeds!
I picked off all the chillies from 4 of my plants. I got 122 chillies (only 4 of them were red) but they're now on my south facing bedroom windowsill. I hope a few more will turn red! The ones beside the teaspoon (for size reference!) are from my garden. The polytunnel ones have an outstanding yield!! I'm hoping to make my own hot sauce 😋
I roasted the ripe Roma tomatoes in my new oven. I'm just going to freeze them for convenience but I also had a load of the wee cherry type ones, Black Russian. Too many to just eat.
So they're dehydrating nicely to make sun dried tomatoes. I'll put them in a jar with olive oil when they're done 😋
I feel better for going to the plot and also getting some produce put away for Winter use. My sweetcorn is nearly ready so hopefully the next visit will yield some cobs for the freezer. I still have potatoes and onions in the ground, they'll need to be sorted out soon.
When I was leaving I noticed that the thornless bramble (blackberry) I planted earlier this year has produced some berries! I do love an edible hedge. It will be more prolific next year and I should be able to make some bramble jelly! 😋 As a kid my Gran dragged us everywhere with bags to go brambling in Autumn. She made the best jams, jellies and chutney! Happy memories 💖