If you have started growing vegetables in early Spring, May is the month you might be enjoying your very first harvest. Depending on the weather it may take a bit longer still. If you have the kids involved they may be getting a little impatient by now or worse, they might have lost interest!?
This is probably a good time to look forward to what you can be looking forward later in Spring and in the Summer. I made an overview of what we have grown last year and what we did with our harvest. If you or the kids are feeling impatient or discouraged by the lack of progress, have a look at it and I promise it will boost the motivation again. In no time you’ll have the kids in their wellies digging again and pulling weeds!
I’ll start with the early season produce in this post and will follow it up with the later ones in the coming posts.
The radishes were first to be harvested in our garden in Spring. Originally sown because Peter Rabbit did a fantastic job promoting it in his Cbeebies programme. He would do anything for some juicy radishes! I have some funny pictures of the kids trying our homegrown radishes at first, straight form the garden and finding them too bitter, the faces!! But when sliced up thinly and added to salads or after I pickled them in a sweet kind of pickle they gained succes. Click through for the recipe for the pickled radishes.
Rhubarb is another one of the early birds. Last year our plant was still very young and the yield was limited, but this year it has become a lot stonger and we have enjoyed quite a bit of it already. We have made rhubarb compote with orange juice and the rhubarb crumb bars which were super yummy! If you are desperate for something sweet, I can highly recommend you this recipe for a rhubarb and almond cake as well.
Our strawberries harvest was slightly disappointing last year while they were very popular indeed. Result; hardly any pictures available, they were eaten before I had the chance to take any pictures. For this lovely strawberry birthday cake I had to find the strawberries elsewhere… This year on the other hand, the plants have grown enormously and we have replanted quite a few of the runners, so we should have more this year! Maybe not quite enough to make the Chia Jam, but definitely enough to have on our chocolate sandwiches!
To be continued.
These is the produce that I will discuss in the following posts: