Lovers

A crop should be treated like a lover, once you have got all you want from it, get rid of it and get a new one in, that is what I did today, got the Tomatoes out yesterday and today have put in Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ and Spring Onion ‘White Lisbon’, both these crops will be great for the winter.

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R.I.P

The Tomato plants are all now out of the ground and on the fire, they will dry and then we will burn them, the space looks better for them gone. It really is starting to look like autumn up in the vegetable garden with crops coming to an end.

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End

We have picked all the Tomatoes that are going to be of any use, some are still very green but  I hope will get ripe when placed in the sun, of course some will not come to anything but it really is worth a try, we have had a great summer and so many good fruit.

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Potatoes

Today was a good day for lifting the Potatoes, we have not had rain for a while now and so the soil around the Potatoes is dry and not sticking to them so they can be put away clean without having to wash them and letting them dry, we store them in wooden boxes that Simon makes up in the barn, he does a great job on them and always seems to find enough for me, and then they are  stored in a dark, dry frame in the long shed.

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Tart

I am going to miss the Tomatoes when I have put them onto the fire, I used a lot of the ripe fruit today to make four very good tarts that where enjoyed by those that they where cooked for. It was not till the middle of last night that the idea to make the tarts came to me, as someone said to me last week, now that I am getting older I will need less sleep, and maybe more good ideas will come.

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Ripe

I have started to sell off the ripe Tomatoes now that I have used so many in the kitchen for so much. I still have a lot on the vines so it may be a week of selling Tomatoes. They are perfect for Chutney at this point, I may make one more pot of it.

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Finish

I have come back from my holiday to find the Tomatoes covered in blight, they have done very well, there is still a lot of very good fruit on the plants which I will get off in the next few days and the plants can be put on the fire,  I am pleased that we had a good crop, it really was worth it to grow the plants, it is not always the case.

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Cheese

Well my trip to Amsterdam has come to an end, it was a great trip, I really enjoyed seeing the city and walking so far each day, we ended the trip doing two things that are a must, looking around the Red Light area last night and then a trip to the cheese shop today after breakfast.  I did not take any photos last night so you get a photo of cheese.

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Education

I went back to the same park that De Kas sits on the edge of to see what else happens in this city park and was happy to see that school children have small plots of ground to grow vegetables on and flowers for cutting, while there I talked to a teacher and watched the children lifting and picking their Beans, this is part of the children’s school  day, it is great for them to be able to take these vegetables home to eat with their family’s.

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De Kas

We are on holiday, part of that is not having to cook, last night we went to a place called De Kas, it is a very interesting place to eat, for one they grow their own vegetables, they have a small garden around the restaurant, which is a glasshouse, you can walk through the working glasshouse into the main glasshouse, the  restaurant. You sit down to a three course set menu, light food that is just perfect, and you are told about each plate in front of you. They have a big farm outside the city where most of the vegetables are grown. It really was something worth seeing on its own but to also eat there was a treat.

 

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