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I'm obsessed with garlic. I've had a bumper crop this year - a mixture of autumn- and spring-planted varieties - and I use vast quantities in just about every meal.Although I've stored a lot of garlic in plaits and loose in trays, to see me through
If you want fast fruit then look no further than strawberries. From rather unpromising cold-stored runners, foliage will develop in days, flowers in weeks, with ripe fruit ready for picking in about two months.Commercially available strawberry
'Charlotte' for our lunch. (I've still got a few Charlottes left in store and although it's a second early salad variety I find it keeps really rather well). I've also got plenty of garlic and onions still in store for the obligatory turkey curry!But up
- we collected several kilos of the best damsons I’ve ever tasted. We all ate far too many on the way back to the house.The jam making, stewing and eating in the raw will happen tomorrow, but I’ve stored some in the freezer too. I'll use the frozen
blogger Kate Bradbury, will hopefully be inspiring many more people to grow themselves healthy in 2011.The campaign culminates with a Harvest Week in September, with advice on storing and cooking those bumper crops I'm sure you'll all be enjoying.
or espalier, try MM106 or MM116 rootstock. For larger trees, choose MM111. You can get smaller rootstocks such as MM26 and MM27, but these tend to produce a smaller crop of fruit with greater susceptibility to pests and disease.What are your favourite apple
and cooking crops. Do let us know in the comments section of this blog if there are any harvesting tips you'd like us to cover.Finally, do join me and a host of other experts on the ‘Grow Your Own’ Garden at BBC Gardeners' World Live (15-19 June 2011) for more