I harvested our first bunch of rhubarb today as it was taking over more than it’s fair share of the veggie patch. Â I’m getting so excited with all the produce that is starting to ripen in our garden. Â Beans are appearing overnight as are cucumbers. Â Although, Jairah seems to have a radar for finding the ripe cucumbers and manages to get them without me seeing. Â Cheeky boy. Â We have a lovely amount of lettuce that is tripling its size everyday and I am looking forward to tasting at least one of the three strawberries that are growing. Â We’re certainly a long way from becoming self sufficient, heck, look at our crop of blueberries….
…..and no, no one had raided the bush first. Â I suppose I should go easy on the plant, after all, it isn’t much bigger that a stick. Â Hopefully all our other fruit trees will eventually provide us with more than just a token bounty.
But alas, I believe I made my inner granny very happy with my kitchen endeavours this afternoon, as I managed to bottle some nectarines (courtesy of a friend’s tree) and rhubarb. Â Obviously deciding that wasn’t enough, I also stewed up the rest of the rhubarb with some apples so we could have apple and rhubarb sponge for dessert. Â It’s just as well I didn’t have more fruit on hand, as I doubt it would have escaped being preserved!
I love that I am able to bottle a little of this summer’s abundance, which will hopefully last to be enjoyed once summer’s warmth is long gone, reminding us of the goodness that mother nature has provided. Â Oh yes, my inner granny is most satisfied. Â Jacinta x