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Harvesters and Grazers


by Jane Moore

Allotmenteers fall into two camps, I've decided, after closely observing patterns of behaviour on our site...


Harvesting crops on the allotmentAllotmenteers fall into two camps, I've decided, after closely observing patterns of behaviour on our site. There are the Harvesters, those who pick a crop in batches, a row of carrots at a time, a few lettuces or a basketful of strawberries. Then there are the Grazers, constantly picking and munching their way around the plot with a few baby broad beans here, a mouthful of lettuce leaves there.

It's interesting spotting the types. Most of the old boys seem to be Harvesters, except for Vic. I don't think many of his broad beans made it home - he told me how much he likes popping the pods and nibbling away at them while they're small and sweet.

I'm definitely a Harvester. I like come away from the plot with buckets, baskets and bags of produce, although I will admit to sneaking the odd strawberry when I'm picking.

Anna, my assistant at work and fellow allotment holder, is a Grazer. As soon as a tomato turns even vaguely red she starts giving it a sly squeeze to see if it's ripe. She munched her way through her entire strawberry crop without one berry making it as far as the kitchen. Now she's grazing her way through the salads, which is probably quite a good idea as she's grown cut-and-come-again varieties.

So what type are you? A Harvester or a Grazer?



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Gardeners' World Web User 07/08/2009 at 21:46

Can I be both? But definitely lean towards the harvester. Some of my crops are meagre and just get eaten there and then - strawbs and rasps etc. But I am a new allotmenteer and next year I am sure I'll 'suffer' the gluts and need to get a bigger freezer! Ian

Gardeners' World Web User 08/08/2009 at 06:01

I'm a harvester cant stand letting food go to wast. Its so rewarding all the hard work has paid off .

Gardeners' World Web User 08/08/2009 at 13:16

I'm definately a grazer. I like to pick what I need/want that day and leave the rest in the ground or on the plant for the next day. Ofcourse, some things you have to harvest, but if something is ripe early, it gets picked and eaten!

Gardeners' World Web User 08/08/2009 at 15:56

Like Chiswickian I eat all my raspberries before they leave the fruit cage (well I only get about 5 at a go, my plants are very young), but I am mainly a harvester, I too get great satisfaction from harvesting, carrying produce to the house and using it there and then, or preserving it in some way for us to use over the winter.

Gardeners' World Web User 09/08/2009 at 11:23

I'm a very happy harvester - especially when it is for giving to one of my friends. But I do love nibbling at the sugar peas and cannot resist the odd plum or blackberry.

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