Monday, 23 November 2015
A November Harvest
We have had a couple of hard frosts which means its time to harvest
Oca and Sweet Potatoes, the Oca have come from three plants I had left that I popped into a corner of the poly tunnel, we will be having some tonight added to a stir fry, they are such an easy vegetable to grow, I still have another 6 plants to harvest yet from outside, the ground is a bit sodden so they can wait until later in the week.
Oca store well and some of the tubers will be used for next years crops, they don't need peeling just wash and use. They can be eaten raw, boiled, fried, roasted which ever way they are a lovely veg.
The sweet potatoes are a good size and will make a lovely addition to meals, we had some the other evening, very tasty, in the poly tunnel today I took out the tomato plants there was a few green tomato's, also I harvested
There were a few Mange Tout but I missed them off the photo,
there is still plenty of veg to harvest, Kale, Sprouts, Yacon, Spinach Swiss chard, Radish, Beetroot, Leeks, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage, Jerusalem artichokes, there is more Oca to come and more PakChoi.
Creating some space in the freezer today we pulled out a big bag of bones
These bones all come from roast joints we have had
to them I added some celery from the garden
along with some leeks onions turnips carrots seasoning herbs
its been simmering away for about 6-7 hours now I have a big pot of stock, some of the venison will have to be canned, the stock will be used for that, I will also reduced some down then I can dehydrate it, powder it and have it to hand to use as instant stock just add boiling water.
I forgot to show the humus after freezing, once defrosted gave it a stir it tasted no different to what it did before it went into the freezer.
Today I put to good use a birthday present some fleece welly socks, being outside nearly all day they kept my feet lovely and toasty, wellies are great for keeping your feet dry but are useless at keeping your feet warm, I am now thinking of making some I have loads of fleece in the cabin.
Martin is butchering the deer at the moment, I will share that tomorrow, I now have the poly tunnel and green house all ready for winter, things are really winding down.
Soon the evenings will be spent writing lists and planning next years growing.
I love it cant wait :-)