Beetroot: For Feastival we will be using both the root and the leaves of the beetroot - the roots in a beetroot salad and the leaves as a slightly tangy green to stir-fry. The beetroot are grown outside in a section of a drill.
Broadbeans: The broad beans have a metallic meaty flavour and we will be using them in refried beans. The grow outside and required some staking, and fruit from mid-July until the end of August. So we will be using the last of this year's crop.
Carrots: We grew a selections of different coloured carrots in drills in Clare this year. They are just starting to reach full maturity now so most of what we've picked are thinnings.
Chili peppers: For the first time ever we managed to grow a large number of chilies this year. We grew them in a polytunnel and covered the ground with tinfoil to reflect the sun back on the plants
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French Beans: Grown outside with some stake supports, the french beans were badly effected by wind this year. They normally produce a good crop from just a few plants and have a very long fruiting season.
Grapes: This is our second year with grapes and the plants are still getting established. Grown in the polytunnel with the root planted outside, the hope is that they will produce a lot of fruit in the yer to come. This year we got one bunch of medium sweet fruit.
Herbs (The Perennials): Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Chives. Once established they keep going for years, with few needs.
Lettuce: We have the lettuces in a very sunny spot this year, which is not the best idea as it gets quite a sharp flavour. Ah well, you live and learn! By planting more seeds when the first lettuce matured we have had our own for most of the last 12 months- the spring supply was grown in the polytunnel.
Melon: Another first this year. Grown in the greenhouse we got two nice fruit - very sweet with orange fresh.
Parsnips: The parsnips are just reaching maturity now so we will be using out first crop this week!
Peppers: This year we have a good number of sweet peppers, all green so far because we keep eating them.
Rhubarb: Rhubarb grows so fast and needs very little minding- I would definitely recommend it for the new gardener.
Rocket: Our rocket seems to go to seed if you look sideways at it. So frustrating and peppery delicious.
Spinach: Perpetual spinach is one of our favourites. Produces lots of mild leaves, over a very long season- and sometimes keeps going the following year.
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All pictures by Alíona Hamilton