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Allotment promise: different types of harvest

This year at the allotment I’ve been determined to try and have a broader range of harvest.

This week I’ve managed to have a visit where I gathered some less obvious things. Alongside the raspberries and blackberries I wanted some specific extra crops.

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The hens love sunflower seeds. And this year we managed to grow several different kinds. The blue tits at the allotment are getting plenty of nourishment but I’ve also collected a few today for the home birds.

While liking for little things I headed into the cold frame. The coriander goes to seed like lightening so those little spheres are straight into the basket.

Then there’s lupins. The seed is edible somehow so I’ve now got some to experiment with. Mind you they do spread their seed fast, unfurling like rabbit ears so some of the pods might be empty.

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After searching through the pods I won’t be finding an edible option. They’re just going to be in seed packets!

The nasturtium flower throws it’s seeds everywhere and fast too. This means it and the lupin will return next year again but the seeds can also be preserved in brine and are a peppery caper like commodity.

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I collected lavender and borage flowers too. The Dutch call them ‘komkomer kruid’ which means cucumber herb. That’s what the flowers taste of fresh but they can also be dried to make a tea. I’ll be sticking them in the dehydrator then.

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Here’s the borage with the coriander seeds.

I’ve got some pumpkin flowers for stuffing. Unfortunately today the nasturtiums aren’t flowering enough to pick the blooms which make a lovely salad ingredient but they may have more in a few days.

I’ve got a bit if beetroot and some purple sprouting broccoli and kale to go with dinner. We should have home grown, corn, yellow tomatoes, onions and potatoes too.

The harvest is definitely getting more unusual

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37 comments on “Allotment promise: different types of harvest

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 31, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome and thank you for sharing Liz

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  2. Serena
    August 31, 2014

    wonderful!

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  3. ladyofthecakes
    August 31, 2014

    Borage flowers look so pretty sprinkled over a fresh green salad 🙂

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  4. cheergerm
    August 31, 2014

    Beautiful! Love the vivid berries. 🙂

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  5. Grower
    August 31, 2014

    Great stuff, there. I brined and pickled some nasturtium pods last week but haven’t tasted them yet. Love those seed packets. Where do you find them?

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    • lizard100
      August 31, 2014

      Funnily enough I got them in wilkinsons in the uk in February.

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  6. Did you say the nasturtiums have a seed you can preserve like capers? (Sudden urge to grow nasturtiums happening…)

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  7. Benjamin
    August 31, 2014

    Lovely haul! The borage flowers look like little shards of blue sky…i may have to add that to the list of goodies to grow next year 😉

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  8. tootlepedal
    August 31, 2014

    I might have to try a nasturtium seed.

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  9. silverbells2012
    August 31, 2014

    Lupins are a good green manure as well! Not tried to grow then – yet – though. Didn’t know nasturtium self-seeded. That’s good news.

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    • lizard100
      September 1, 2014

      They throw seed everywhere. The lupins do improve the soul with nitrogen fixing I think.

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  10. Rambling Woods
    September 1, 2014

    Really…. I usually leave them for the birds… I didn’t know that some could be used for us

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    • lizard100
      September 2, 2014

      I’m keen to share with the birds!

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      • Rambling Woods
        September 2, 2014

        The goldfinch are out there picking and feeding the seeds to their babies…so cute..

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      • lizard100
        September 2, 2014

        We’ve left at least eighty percent for the blue tits.

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      • Rambling Woods
        September 2, 2014

        I think your tits are like our chickadees..of course tits here means something else..lol

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      • lizard100
        September 2, 2014

        It does here too! ; )

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      • Rambling Woods
        September 2, 2014

        LOL

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  11. expatlingo
    September 3, 2014

    Quite a green thumb! I’ll have to plan out a modest herb pot garden for the spring.

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    • lizard100
      September 3, 2014

      It’s very worthwhile. Anything growing is lovely and herbs are so fragrant.

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