This year in the huerto where all our organic vegetable growing, is going on, we’re self sufficient in…
Okay, so this is not the most useful thing to be self sufficient in. But, they are packed with vitamin C, so we’re feeling pretty healthy. And, it got me to thinking… I thought about how the vegetable plot is very different every year. We’re learning all the time and trying out new things. But, with the best will in the world, a lot of our successes and failures in the vegetable growing department, are left down to the weather.
Weather here is lovely, but in an extreme kind of way, and this year is no exception. It has been exceptionally dry and extremely hot, from much earlier in the year than usual. This morning for example it is ‘muy scorchio’ plus the wind is blowing a gale. Not, then the ideal growing conditions for an awful lot, particularly when water is at a premium. Even the tomatoes are struggling a bit, which is unheard of in these tomato loving climes.
Summer should be the time we are most self sufficient in courgettes (zucchinis). In fact, MrDB might well regularly comment on why I would continue to plant such a large number of courgette plants each spring, when we obviously would fail miserably to eat them all. In fact a few years ago, he actually bought the book What Will I Do with All Those Courgettes? which some might say is a little odd, as he is a rather reluctant consumer of this versatile vegetable. But then he is of a rather frugal nature and I guess ‘waste not want not’ even counts for his least enjoyed veggies.
I would recommend it if you are going through the seasonal glut of zucchinis, and trying to prevent their rapid conversion to marrow-hood. It does contain a phenomenal number of zucchini recipes, and is quite a jolly read. But his year, that book for us is firmly shut. We are eating zucchini most days, but as yet, we do not have enough thriving to concern ourselves with worrying about what to do with them all.
Now, aubergines are an entirely different matter. And, I have to say, someone really should write the book ‘What Will I Do With All Those Eggplants’, as I have never managed to consume them all. And, this year, even with the weather against us, and several batches of superb Spicy Eggplant Pickle under my belt, it looks like I shall yet again fail.
Anyway, I guess what I was really trying to say in this post, is that organic vegetable growing is an extremely variable concern. It isn’t like the supermarket. Not only are the seasons different, but each year is different too. You just have to go with it and learn to enjoy the things you have in abundance. So with that in mind, I feel a few preserve type recipes on the horizon. After all, there is no excuse to waste those hard grown vegetables.
Pickled chillies anyone?
For a more self sufficient future