Early Autumn Ideas

Well; summer kind of never came and autumn has been super warm. It’s not a typical year but then what is?

While I am gathering these fruits I thought I would gather some thoughts too.

Tomatillos.

These have been an early autumn revelation for me. I don’t think I have convinced the kids yet but tomatillo salsa verde alone could consume half this crop! Today I will try to make a pickle or an “achar” out of them as we have the Maestro in the house. (Dominique’s mum is visiting.)

Tomatillos require better support next season. We used Wood and Jute but they would do better supported like tomatoes. The nature of the plant is to drop its fruit on the ground when it’s done so you need to be able to get in there without compromising the stalks too much.


So next year I will try to build a supporting frame as illustrated above in blue. The blue maybe wire or “rio”.The fruit can fall and be found easily.

Tomatoes.

It’s been a bad tomato year for most people. For us the tigerellas were the clear winner. Our support structures were over whelmed. Wire support needs to be under significant tension. “Rio” is again an option. The tomatoes need more space, more air, more support and more protection from birds etc. 

Pickling Cucumbers/Cornichon.

A great success. The only issue is that the crop comes and comes and comes and you never get enough the right size to pickle in large amounts. Thus you really need to pick every day and store in the fridge until you have a good quantity to preserve. I kept finding overgrown fruit, too big to pickle. This is a small daily job. The pickles are popular though.

Beetroot.

Root vegetable of the year for me. You can eat any part of it and so many ways. I’ll be planning more beetroot and possibly looking into some interesting varieties. Easy. Dependable. Yummy.

Rats Tail Radish.

Unbelievably productive. Next year I’ll be thinking of these guys as a companion to the cornichon. They are less fickle about when being picked BUT if left too long they get too tough. Still there is always enough to top up a jar of cornichon pickle and the two work well together.

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