It has been an incredibly slow blog week. We are moving into the Summer holidays with lots to finish up at work before everyone heads of for their vacations, which is wonderful on it’s own, but has taken the focus off my food making and even more so the blog. However, the garden is progressing, albeit very very slowly this year as we are seeing record low temperatures for May and June. This is pushing back the expected harvest by quite a few weeks. This time last year, we were harvesting potatoes and strawberries and seeing a lot more progression in general in the garden. Quite a bit of the crop may not grow to full maturity with the weather we are seeing so far.
We are only hobby gardeners, so it is an experience and a learning process to see that things are not growing the way we want them to or expect them to. We are learning every year and trying to take the new found knowledge with us from year to year. With this blog we hope be be able to keep a little bit of track of how things have grown every year.
As for last year, we had record high temperatures and unexpected great weather for a Norwegian Summer, which ensured that quite a great deal of the crop we never really expected to take off, did. We had loads of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes and they thrived in the garden. This year….. we have dandelions! And an insane amount of them. A couple of weeks ago I filled a tub with dandelions that I had ripped out. And you can barely see any progress in the garden from it!
As you may have seen from my earlier posts, we also have rhubarb, peppermint and salad. So far I have made most of the things I could think of with rhubarb at least. And do not get me wrong, I am not complaining about the crop at all, it is only a change from what we saw last year and an adjustment of expectations. We are certainly hoping the weather will improve a little to allow the crops to mature. Just earlier today I read in the newspaper that the potato farmers were one month behind schedule this year, which is very similar to the timeline we are seeing for our crops.
If you are interested in my rhubarb recipes, you can find them here.
Our fruit trees have had plenty of flowers this year, so hopefully it is a good sign of a decent harvest to come. They are still very young tress, so we do not expect a large yield from them, but a little bit is always nice. Especially for the kids.
One of the most welcomed sights the last week has been the strawberries flowering. We are definitely waiting in anticipation for the first little red wonders to poke out from the green leaves. Last year’s harvest was nice and the boys had so much fun picking the berries. Next, we can only hope for a decent crop of raspberries too. We could pick a bowl a day during the main season last year and could send bowls with the boys to kindergarten to share with the other kids in the morning.
The berry bushes and strawberries are definitely progressing by now and we can’t wait to be able to pick some of it. The gooseberries have probably progressed the furthest so far, and are starting to look like proper little berries.
Other plants in the garden this year includes onions and carrots, peppermint, snow peas, celeriac, silver beet, lovage, asparagus, corn, cabbages, kale, broccoli and brusselssprouts, just to name a few.
The silver beet we have has got a beautiful red color to the stems, making it a perfect little color element for a Summer salad.
The berry bushes are perennials of course and have been pruned and now we are just crossing our fingers and hoping for warmer weather and a good crop. The ones that progressing the best aside from the gooseberries are the yellow raspberries. For some strange reason they are doing a lot better than the red ones.
In the green house, things are thriving a little bit better than outside and we have several salads growing very well, which we have harvested from for a number of weeks already. In addition we also have a little unfamiliar gem growing called oca. This is brand new to us and not a known plant in Norway at all. But we love a little experiment and this one seems to be taking off well in the green house.
I absolutely love the blossoming fruit trees. It only lasts for 1-2 weeks before the blossoming is over, but the trees are gorgeous during this short time. Hopefully the numerous amounts of flowers means that we will get some fruit in a couple of months too.
This ended up being an incredibly green post, but it gives you an idea of what the garden progress currently looks like. In a few weeks, we hope to be able to harvest a little bit more of our crops. And I will bring more posts on it when the time comes. Hope you are enjoying your Summer wherever you are, or Winter for those in the southern parts of the globe. 🙂