Today’s Autumn Harvest from the Garden


Really appreciate having a bit of corn to harvest after this summers weather. We weren’t sure they got pollinated, many didn’t.  



Me and the bees working side by side in the garden today.



Beetroot just harvested for fermented salsa, the greens to blanch and freeze, and the bucket of waste is a treat for the chickens.


Next stage sunflowers–to be dried for feeding birds in the winter.


Purple cabbage alongside yellow, green, and purple tomatillos–all to become fermented salsa.


Tomatoes for sauce and semi-drying in the basket, blackberries on the face.

The final onion harvest. No more in the ground, but plenty lying around enjoying today’s sunshine.

The final onion harvest. No more in the ground, but plenty lying around enjoying today’s sunshine.


  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wow that looks impressive! I wish I had some stone walls to dry my onions. I’m lifting them gradually, then putting in the poly for a few days to try and get them at least a bit dry!`

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    • We have loads of those plastic supermarket veggie trugs that we use for deliveries. They have holes all around and air well so we put them in those when they are all dried. Until then we haul them in and out of the house daily. A bit tedious as it sounds but worth it. Sometimes ours are in the tunnel if weather is bad, but, ya, the walls work great, especially with a breeze. And the wall is closer than the tunnel, less work 😉

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  2. Greg says:

    What a lovely shot of the blackberry-remains 🙂

    I don’t know why but your photos have such a wonderful, extra “pop” to them today. Not sure if my eyes are working a little better or if you did something different but they are just extra-wonderful to me today 🙂

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    • Nice of you to say Greg. Maybe you are just hungry? Ha, ha! I felt the last two pics, the tomatoes and the tomatillos were a bit grainy and dim as it was nearing dusk. Also don’t like how the purple cabbage looks so blue against the blue plastic veg trug. Otherwise it was a spectacular sunny day. The borage pic I could hardly see what I was taking as sun was in eyes and I was very pleased with the result. The corn seemed to lack colour to me 😦
      But you have made me smile a great big one 😀 and your kind comments are most appreciated.

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  3. Melissa Shaw-Smith says:

    That’s a pretty impressive harvest, especially given your lack-lustre summer. The onions look particularly impressive. I live next door to a hamlet called Pine Island–famous for its black soil and huge onion crops. They have an onion festival–and of course a raw onion eating competition! All the best with your fermented slasa-making. Sounds as if it’ll be delicious.

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  4. Hello Melissa! What a bountiful harvest! The vegetables look beautiful. I love the picture of your daughter holding the tomatoes with blueberry juice all over her face––so cute! I also loved the pictures of the fuzzy bumblebees. I enjoy cooking with onions. The taste and smell they give food is so enticing. 😛

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  5. Conor Bofin says:

    Your failure to progress in the blog awards is still pissing me off (pardon the language). This is ‘real’ blogging. Great post, reflecting a commitment to a ‘road less travelled’ lifestyle. I admire it hugely.

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    • Conor, That means so much to me coming from you. I too was disappointed, but I’ll keep on keeping on, doing my thing here. There’s always next year. Best of luck to you! Fingers crossed xxxxx (that’s all ten of them!!) 🙂 Melissa

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