I really enjoyed the photos of your plot. And the cinnabar caterpillars are so brightly colored! I had never heard of them or the slow worms. Thanks for sharing all the pics and info!
Will - EightGateFarmNH
Very beautiful harvests, and very interesting info about the cinnabar moth and slow worms. I hope you win a prize for your inspection. Me, I couldn't take the pressure!
Glad you found it interesting Will. A lifetime if nsture watching has taught me lots and to know there is always more to learn too. Won't know the outcome of the inspection until mid September...
What a credit to you & Abi, such hard work really pays off. Also many thanks for identifying those caterpillars for me, I've come across some on my plot this Year. Do they only eat ragwort?
Thank you for your kind comments! And Cinnabar caterpillars also eat Groundsel.. their eggs are bright orange and laid underneath leaves in largish batches
Thank you Margaret.. it is kind of you to say so. That first cucumber will taste so good, I'm sure!!
So many wonderful goodies coming out of your garden right now! I'm quite looking forward to the first cucumbers - hopefully I won't be waiting too much longer.
You've got such a lovely variety of goodies in your harvests now. That strawberry cake looks delicious, and I could see me having it for breakfast even!
It was so delicious I wish we had more strawberries so I could have another go... blackberries could work too, which you have lots and lots of right now, I know!
Thank you Shaheen. It certainly does make the toil worthwhile
What an abundant and beautiful harvest, isn't it wonderful when your hard work pays off and rewards you with such a bounty.
Will - Eight Gate Farm NH
Colorful harvests indeed! Also the pepper comparison photos are really interesting. I've never tried grilling pak choi, but I might once the midsummer planting matures!
You can do the same with small hearted lettuce like Little Gem too, Will
Nice looking peppers. Mine are just starting to bloom so it will be a while before I get to see some in my garden.
They do fill out quickly once they get going, and it is only mid July, so yours should get there
Lovely harvests. So jealous of everyones berries! I thought it was the heat killing off my peas but discovered a gopher was the culprit.
Mary, I think a mouse may be to blame as the stems seem to have ben bitten through at ground level, now I look more closely
I grew up on currant jam and toast, especially love black currant jam on rye bread. The currant cake looks amazing.
Mike, if you cut the slices of cake carefully, it can be toasted too...maybe one for you!!
Your berry jam and cake look beautiful. It sounds like you're doing great with the succession planting. We're trying to grow winter squash, it's been years because the bugs usually kill them.
We are lucky not to have those bugs here Phuong, but some years winter squashes just don't seem to happen... fingers crossed for this season!
I got tired just reading about your berry picking and preserving! I know it was worth the effort though, with all those jars of jam and jelly. I have made blackberry syrup but that is all so far.
Dave, you get through a lot each week for sure! Black berry syrup is luscious and I shall be making some once our bushes fruit next month
Our jostaberries have produced the best harvest ever this year too.
The berries are enormous too
Will - Eight Gate Farm NH
Beautiful harvests. We aren't allowed to grow currants here because they are a host for White Pine Blister Rust, and white pines are an important timber crop. Cool photo of the stag beetle.
Can't argue with that reasoning Will!