harvest

Here’s some of this week’s haul. Definitely a glut for our little household. Unfortunately the picture had to be taken indoors as it’s getting dark by the time I get home from work (honestly, the tomatoes are a lovely deep red, and the beans aren’t that insipid really). Getting home late doesn’t just mean dodgy pictures – it also means very little time to actually cook and eat any of it!

The strawberries are just a day’s worth: we’re getting enough for breakfast each day and they disappear quickly. We’ve also already eaten about 500g of tomatoes, and another 500g of aubergines. More large aubergines, the first finger aubergines, runner beans and a second crop of French beans are begging to be picked, and there’s a couple of sacks of lettuce and land cress to foist onto my work colleagues tomorrow, if I can get up early enough to pick it. Feeling a little overwhelmed…

(but thrilled too)

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Just add water

Just add water

tea for one

tea for one

I’m now watering and tending umpteen green things, but none that I have planted with my own fair hands (read muddy, nail-bitten, in place of fair) are yet ready to be plucked.

However, my little patch of London green was blessed with a fair few herby delights already (and if I’m honest I didn’t really look at the interior of the flat; I just saw that Rosemary and Sage were growing happily and slapped down the deposit).

So I cannot take credit for my first harvest, but I did take pleasure. Instead of a dry old teabag, this cuppa of peppermint was only two minutes old, and tasted as green and fresh as it looked.

(And it looked much much greener than I was able to capture on camera)

Make this yourself at home

Step one: Grow mint. A windowsill, a pot of mud and a helping of daylight is all you need, but give it a garden and it will take all you offer. Mint spreads: if you want to to keep it under control in your garden, plant it in a pot in the ground to confine its territorial lust. Find a bit of mint that you like the look of and swipe a bit. A sprig in a glass of water is all you need to get going; you’ll have roots within a few days.
Step two: When it’s grown a bit, pick yourself a sprightly sprig.
Step three: Check for greedy caterpillars, aphids and other things that, while probably nutritious and tasty in their own right, spoil the visual effect when they’re floating around in near boiling water. Rinse under the tap if you’re that way inclined.
Step four: Add hot water. Sit contemplatively while your tea infuses.
Step five: Drink your tasty green water. Feel purer. You’re probably feeling so pure by now that it’s time for a trip to the pub.