Sunday, 10 July 2011

Mmmmm harvest's on the way


Come through the magic arch and see how things are going in Howarth Cottage Garden.
But make sure you pick up the orange bucket or watering can and fill it at the green water-butt - it's syphon fed from the four other butts down the side of the garage so still plenty of water - that's lucky because there is plenty of watering to do.

First stop is the greenhouse. On the cooling evening of a hot summer's day it smells beautiful when you walk in. The air, still warm and humid, contrasting to that outside and it's rich with the aroma of 'real' tomatos.

Straight outside the onions look like they are almost ready already.
They could have done with more regular watering especially the ones nearer the hedge which are a lot smaller than these and their stalk already withered. Notice that we are not perfectionists when it comes to weeding!

Inside the poly tunnel the courgettes have been going crazy.

And so have the nasturtia.

And so have the sweet corn.
They are having to bend over to fit their heads under the ceiling. But it's going to be exciting to see those tassels turn into cobs. Perhaps they will go straight onto the B-B-Q for a corn roast.

Outside, a good bit of pruning seems to have improved the pear harvest.
Last year the fruit were all a bit weedy.

And the hens are very happy with their new run. It is farther up the garden where there is more shade from a coppiced hazel and plenty of natural debris on the ground for them to scratch around in. I'd noticed that when the sun was very intense they were desperate to get into any shade they could. I guess it's because they are descended from the Jungle Fowl.

Now, look what Rosanna has brought home ...

... and she didn't even break any of the eggs (this time).

Mmmmm, Delicious!


  1. Yum! What a gorgeous garden, and lovely home-grown food.

  2. Your cottage and garden look beautiful. Your pictures make me want to be there.
    Little Wonders' Days

  3. I can smell those tomato plants from here, best smell in the world. Lovely photos!

  4. You are living my dream!! 8)

  5. Mine too! I grew my own tomatoes this year and it was hard. Florida sun is hard on veggies!~Ames

  6. I bet they tasted wonderful fresh from the garden. I am glad the eggs survived.

  7. What a scrumptious post & so clever for 'M'!

  8. Oh I love your cottage garden! What a beautiful post. Your pictures are just delicious!

  9. So, so beautiful! love the garden, children, and delicious food!

  10. Wonderful garden and delicious food xx

  11. I, too, could smell the pungent aroma of those tomatoes! And your figs!!! What wonderful photos of all your bounty!!!

  12. I am craving fresh fruit now! :)

  13. What a beautiful life you lead. Thank you for giving us a peek into your garden!

  14. What a magical post!

    There is nothing more lovely than a garden. Yours is so lush and green...a far cry from our Mid-July Arizona gardens!

    Thanks for letting me hang out. I really enjoyed seeing everything.


  15. I wish I Had a big enough garden to plant vegetables. Anna



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