For the first half of this calendar year, we were eating mostly green vegetables with a bit of rhubarb thrown in. That hasn’t changed much, since runner beans and cucumber are, well, green, too.
On the other hand, we have eaten a lot more home-grown fruit in the form of blueberries, blackberries and apples. And apart from the cucumbers, another new home-produced culinary experience has been naturtium flowers, which are a lovely orange colour.
Garlic has still been on the menu most days and I’ve loved the fresh parsley, particularly on homemade potato salad, not that the potatoes have been grown at home, on the whole. Potatoes take up too much room for a garden my size, so I’d rather grow stuff which is either harder to come by in organic form (okra being one such vegetable), or has added value such as being pretty (eg runner beans) and good for the bees (nasturtiums spring to mind).
Anyway, the average count over the last three months has been five portions of fruit, vegetables and herbs per day. That’s two up on the last quarter and shows that my garden is moving in the right direction.
© Helen Butt, September 2014