Tuesday, July 29, 2008

My Trug Runneth Over

In early spring the garden trug was filled with this
the first radishes, some salad leaves and herbs. Later on came the first rhubarb, lettuce, rocket salad and
in May the trug was filled with elderberry blossom to make elderberry flower champagne.
Then came June and my trug was starting to work overtime with harvests like this, gooseberries and strawberries,
broad beans, purple podded peas,
potatoes and lettuce and many more scrumptious food from my ornamental kitchen garden such as white currants, raspberries, plums, Swiss chard, rocket salad, water cress, artichoke, garlic, herbs, radishes, peas and sugar snaps.

July's harvest is bountiful as well, so far I've harvested more potatoes, broccoli, strawberries, raspberries, rocket salad, lettuce, Swiss chard, the first tomatoes, courgette, radishes, water cress, the last of the broad beans, sugar snaps and many herbs.
Of course I've been picking a lot of flowers too from early March onwards

Perhaps by now you are thinking that I have an humongous kitchen garden but I haven't. It's only 90 m2, but as you can see it's enough to grow a lot of food.

Soon it will be time for my trugs to run over with enormous amounts of tomatoes, leeks, potatoes, corn, peppers (hot and sweet), lettuce, broccoli, rocket salad, Swiss chard, cucumbers, strawberries, black berries, Japanese tayberries and after that it will be time for harvesting
grapes, hot peppers, the last tomatoes,
pears, apples, eggplant, pumpkins, courgette, Swiss chard, rocket salad,
red cabbage, leeks and the last of the strawberries.
And, of course, there is always a harvest of this
a Surprising amount of kitty love'n goodness. My trug indeed runneth over......

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Due to PC trouble I've been off line for a while but hope to catch up with you all soon!

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copyright 2008 Y.E.W. Heuzen

One of the most endearing qualities of gardeners, though it makes their gardens worse, is this faculty of being too easily delighted.
Henry Mitchell

36 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Your trugs have certainly been busy. The havest makes beautiful pictures as well as delicious meals no doubt.

One of my favorite pictures of my kitty years ago was one taken when she was sitting in a garden basket. Your picture brought back pleasant memories.

Brimstone said...

Je hebt echt een enorme verscheidenheid in je keukentuin. Leuk gebracht zo in het steeds anders gevulde tuinmandje.

gintoino said...

You do get a lot from your small veg garden. I love the purple podded peas (can't wait to sow them this autumn)they are beautiful. How big does a taiberrie bush becomes? I've been considering one but I'm not sure the space I have reserved for it is big enough.

Casbah Kitten said...

What wonderful photos! And such a bounty of veggies! I can't wait to expand our garden next year.
And of course the last photo says it all doesn't it?

Tracy said...

Oh, Yolanda, I just love your title for today's post...and how sweet the kitty in the trug! (I've always wanted a trug...maybe I'll finally feel like a "real" gardener once I have one ;o) Your garden adundance suddenly makes me very hungry--LOL! So much delicious goodness...You & your garden--great inspirations :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Hanneles paradis said...

Lovely, I have berries in my garden, I'm so happy.

Lis said...

Wow, da hast du ja wirklich eine reiche Ernte gehabt. Hier beginnt jetzt die Tomatenernte, mehr Gemüse hab ich im Momet leider nicht.
Gibt es bei euch jetzt tatsächlich noch Erdbeeren?
LG Lis

Robin's Nesting Place said...

It is amazing how much you harvest from your garden. Most amazing to me is the amount of fruit you grow. You are the master at making the most of your space.
I hope your computer troubles are over now.

easygardener@gmail.com said...

I must say your trug looks makes the vegetables look even more attractive. I must get one.

Kylee said...

Such wonderful bounty from your fabulous gardens! We're in the midst of harvesting, too, and it's wonderful. I know we're on the downside of summer, which I hate, but that's the way it is.

Marian said...

Vroeg of laat kom je het allemaal wel eens tegen, computerproblemen, maar ik denk dat het probleem weer opgelost is?
Wat een overvloedige oogst, hoe krijg je het allemaal weg, daar zul je toch wel hulp bij hebben!
Zo'n mandje bloemen is natuurlijk ook om jaloers op te worden, en een mandje kat. . . . .
OT @ Hebben de 4-katjes al flink met het nieuwe speelgoed lopen meppen?
Nou,nee, ze slapen het grootste deel van de dag en de nacht, trimmen 's morgens en 's avonds een flink poosje achter elkaar aan door het hele huis, maar voor spelen vinden ze het nu denk ik een beetje te warm!
Komt wel weer ;-)

Richtsje said...

Haha, die laatste, die had ik zéker wel verwacht ;-D
Het is volgens mij een perfect oogstjaar. In onze tuin te weinig ruimte voor een échte moes-afdeling, maar de fruitbomen zien er veelbelovend uit. Ben al recepten voor appeltaart, -moes en meer aan het sprokkelen!!

A wildlife gardener said...

Absolutely scrumptious, Yolanda Elizabet. I love all the colours too :)

Great new border, and I loved the wildflower meadow in your wheelbarrow...just exquisite :)

I think I've fallen in love with Dr Jamain too :)

Birgit said...

Oh, ich sehe Du hast wieder reich geerntet. Außer Tomaten und eine Paprikapflanze habe ich kein Gemüse. Ich ernte nämlich nicht gern. Mir tut das Gemüse dann immer so leid. Es sieht so schön aus im Beet.;-)) Surprise im Korb ist einfach zauberhaft.

So wie in Deinem letzten (Regen-)Post sah es bei uns auch aus. Nun hatten wir wieder ein paar Tage Hitzewelle, vor einer Std. unterbrochen von Gewitter. Ist schon verrückt das Wetter.

LG Birgit

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

What bounty from the garden, and all of it displayed in not one, but three beautiful trugs. I was just thinking how I really need a trug. This is my first year growing hot peppers. How do you know when to harvest them?

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage said...

I need a trug! It would come in so handy with my harvesting. And I know I'd have to have an extra for the kitties. ;)

Your harvest looks so wonderful and bountiful! It's very inspiring. I really need to think about putting more in to ours based on the ideas you've given me.

Hugs,
Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Philip Bewley said...

What a wonderful bounty, and naturally the cat would love the trug! that made me smile.
regards,
philip

Terra Hangen said...

Scrumptious photos; my favorite is of your cat in the basket/trug.
The main photo at the top of your blog is the most heavenly shade of blue.

Jane Marie said...

My goodness, you have had quite a harvest. I'll bet some good eating went along with all of that bounty as well.
Nice kitty, my favorite kind of harvest!

Layanee said...

You sure do maximize your space both in the garden and in the trug! I have been catching up over here and hope the rains have stopped for a bit. I still love your bird chandelier.

Ewa said...

Soil is really generous if treated right and with understanding of Nature's Laws.
Your organic garden is perfect proof of it.
Greetings,

Libbys Blog said...

Its amazing what a small plot can produce!
I never knew you could grow kitties though!!! Have you any seeds left!! lol!!!

Gail said...

No amount of coaxing would get my kitty in the trug...unless I didn't want him in there! YE your garden bounty is wonderful and your trugs are indeed running over.

Gail

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

YE, that was the most innovative and interesting post. Pictures, in this case, were indeed greater than 1000 words.~~Dee

Cheryl said...

Wonderful Yolanda to see your bountiful crops......colourful, earth covered healthy food and seasonal......great....
Love the last photograph......you don't get too many of those to a trug!!!!!beautiful

marl1 said...

De groentenjuwelier in de buurt kan het mooi schudden...;-)))
Overweldigende oogst heb je!

walk2write said...

I always enjoy my visit to your garden. Your small garden is larger than you can imagine. You get to "feed" the whole world with it. I've never heard of elderberry blossom champagne. It sounds intriguing. Let us know how it turns out when you get to taste it.

marga said...

Dat ziet er allemaal smakelijk uit Yolanda.........dacht al bijna, waar blijft die kat nou hahahaha.

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Nicole said...

Your trugs certainly runneth over with lots of lovely things! Elderberry blossom champagne sounds divine. I admire your vision and ability to "live off the land".

rusty in miami said...

That is what I call a busy gardener. I am glad to see that you are been rewarded with the “fruits” of your labor

Surya said...

Your trug have a great job, not just for your harvest but also for your cat.
Hope your PC will be ok soon, so you can online and meet your blog's reader again.

SchneiderHein said...

Deine Erntekörbe sehen wirklich verlockend aus! Da bekommme ich wieder richtig Lust auf frische üppige Salate und Nudeln mit reichlich Gemüse. Aber am Besten gefällt mir dann doch Surprise im Korb!
Liebe Grüße
Silke

Piondröm said...

Yammy....
I like to have thise in my own Supermarket in Sweden ;)
Ken

Elke said...

Hm - ich lass das mal mit dem Englisch, klappt nicht so gut und ich glaube, du verstehst Deutsch. Also diese Bilder sind ja überwältigend, eine großartige Ernte. Aber wo bitte wachsen bei dir die niedlichen Katzen ;-) ???
Lieben Gruß
Elke

Bethany said...

Wow, I just discovered your blog. I LOVE these photos and all your amazing goodies. How fun and incredible. I got a big smile out of your sweet kitty in the last photo.