2013-08-17

Harvest beauty - and impatience



It's been a while since I blogged. For my store, autumn means visiting fairs,
net-working, doing a lot of ordering, and receiving and unpacking goods.
I've been super busy and my feet hurt. But it's a good pain.

Today though, I'm lounging about the house and garden in my pajamas,
putting together a gift basket for a party tomorrow - and harvesting pumpkins.
I know it's early, but I just couldn't wait any longer! And we planted already in April,
so several of the pumpkins have been orange for a month already.

Two of them I picked to put into different gift baskets,
but one I picked all for myself - this little squash colored beauty:




She's only about 20 cm across, but I've never had a pumpkin this color before,
and it's the only one of its kind in our entire patch. Except for the color
she looks like the delicious gray ones we grew for the first time last year,
so even if she should start going soft before Halloween, I'm ok with it.
Then she will become delicious soup, shortbread or muffins :)




Most of the other pumpkins look like this one; small but very Halloweenie.
(And yes, those are zucchinis the size of my arms...)
Only one pumpkin ended up reaching a proper Jack-o-lantern size,
but two are about soccer ball size, so they will do too.

How are you guys' gardening and harvesting going?




 



28 kommentarer:

  1. What perfectly lovely baskets! :)

    SvaraRadera
  2. I love your pics. The purple looks so good with the first pumpkin, and the zuchini and tomatoes look gorgeous! Congrats on having such a fruitful garden, and wishing you fun on you fair visits. :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I am very grateful for my green house and garden :)

      Radera
  3. I used to have a small pumpkin patch every year in my parents' garden just for Halloween, but I spent far too few time at home to plant and take care of one this year. Apparently, I can't even place a Jack o' lantern in our apartment...:(

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Do you mean you are not allowed to bring pumpkins into the building, or is your boyfriend against Halloween for some reason, or are you not allowed to have living flames in the apartment..?

      Radera
  4. As long as we don't get frost within the next week or so, we should have a small batch of peppers, garlic, some cabbages and tomatoes. Oh, and also provided the rabbits don't get to them first. ;o)

    I love the colour of your first pumpkin - it's so unusual! Your little tomatoes are very dark - are they an heirloom variety?

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I would love to grow my own garlic, but we have wet clay soil out here, with tons of slugs :( Maybe in the green house for next year.

      The small tomatoes are just called 'Black Cherry Tomatoes', no heirloom but very tasty. I did have a black heirloom variant a few years ago, called 'Black Russian' - those were the sweetest tomatoes I have ever had.

      Radera
  5. What a beautiful arrangement and such a pretty pumpkin!

    SvaraRadera
  6. That first pumpkin looks gorgeous on the purple platter. All your veggies look fab! I've been making pumpkin soup all winter here in Australia, but I haven't grown anything myself. I'm very envious of your green thumb! :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I always love pumpkin soup, it's just a little bit better when it's made out of one's own fruits :)

      Radera
  7. Egads, I knew your harvest would be bountiful! Look at all the colors-- they all look so divine and tasty!

    SvaraRadera
  8. Your purple pumpkin display looks beautiful, I bet that makes you smile every time you see it.

    I love your gift baskets, what a great idea to take to a party.

    My garden is no where near as abundant as yours but I'm starting to get a good glut of strawberries now and my herbs are doing really well, apart from the chamomile, for some reason it's struggling this year.

    We have loads of bees and butterflies though, which makes me very happy. :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Sounds lovely!
      We used to have strawberries, but after a couple of years of having them being eaten by slugs and birds before we could even get to them, I gave up. This year Sweden also had a shockingly hot July, so the strawberry crop is nearly over here.

      Radera
  9. hello!!
    gorgeous amazing veggie love going on here!
    and wow,what a gift basket!!
    love zucchini
    in bread or in a skillet!
    they're beautiful!!
    great job:)
    hope you're doing good!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! Certainly some veggie love, but most of all: Pumpkin Love! :)

      Radera
  10. Åh den korgen är ju bästa gå-bort-presenten!
    Pumpan du sparar har verkligen en fin färg.
    Just nu går jag nervöst och tittar temperaturen varje kväll. snart får vi frost :/ I natt var det 5 grader som lägst.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ojdå, ja så är det ju i norr. Här har vi fortfarande runt 15 som lägst. Men många grönsaker klarar lite frost, och har en fiberdukar så klarar det sig ett tag.

      Radera
  11. You have such green fingers!
    Your produce all looks delicious and the gift basket is perfect!

    SvaraRadera
  12. Vilken fantastisk färg den lilla pumpan har :D

    Alltså, jag hade planterat en hel del frön och sånt i krukor i våras men det glömde jag bort så de ligger helt uttorkade nu xD jag får nog acceptera att plantering inte är min grej helt enkelt haha!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Att förodla i krukor är lite tricky. En måste nästan samla dem alla + en vattenflaska på ett ställe som en ser varje dag, för att minnas att konstant hålla dem alla fuktiga. Varje vår har vi småttingar som dör för att de hamnat i ett fönster vi sällan går förbi.

      Gör det lätt för dig själv nästa vår: Sätt bara en eller två sorter av något i de minsta plastkrukor du kan hitta, ställ dem tillsammand på ett fat med liten kant någonstans där du alltid ser dem - i badrummet eller vid vasken i köket. Vattna fatet, inte jorden, håll fuktigt. De behöver inget ljus förrän de kommit upp, flytta då till det fönster ni oftast tittar ut genom.

      Radera
  13. Very beautiful vegetables....and your photographs are wonderful.

    SvaraRadera
  14. What beautiful beautiful pumpkins, my dear! I completely understand. It wouldn't do to have left the pumpkin sitting there when it was looking as fabulous as that. You inspire me to go sink myself into the healing lovely energies of my own garden now that I am back home. I shall share my own little lovelies soon.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I look forward to seeing your lovelies!

      Btw, have you received the Wonderland tags yet? It must have been a month since I sent it now.

      Radera

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