Surrey Homes | SH56 | June 2019 | Kitchen & Bathroom supplement inside

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Garden

The unstoppable rush of growth pushes on in the

garden, as the plants race towards the solstice – the

longest day, when there is maximum light. After

this heady moment, growth starts to slow and nature begins

to prepare for winter (I know, summer has only just got

here). It’s an exciting time to be outside, but it can be hard

to keep up with the tasks, too. Luckily, there are some

early crops to harvest as a reward for all our hard work.

Crops to harvest in June

Asparagus

The spears start appearing at the end of April and it keeps

cropping until June. Picking should stop by the 21st to allow

enough shoots to be left to unfurl and maintain the crown.

Asparagus is an easy crop to grow and look after, so don’t be

put off by having to wait a couple of years before you can start

harvesting. Once in, it’s surprising how fast those short years

pass, you will be picking asparagus for many years to come.

Broad beans and peas

You can sow some broad bean and hardy pea varieties in the

autumn for an extra early crop the following year, or sow

in early spring for summer harvests. Home-grown peas are

sweet and delicious and a great crop to sow in succession,

but remember that as soon as you pick a pod, the peas inside

will start losing sweetness, as their sugars turn to starch. This

happens with sweetcorn too, so if you are cooking them, they

need to go straight from plot to pot. Once harvested, leave the

base of leguminous plants in the ground and the nitrogenfixing

nodules in the roots will help feed the next crop.

Roots and tubers

Unearthing roots is a bit like digging for buried treasure,

except that it’s easy to slice through or prong them

on your fork as you lift potatoes, so go carefully

New potatoes – the first of the potatoes are the earlies;

these have a waxy texture, hold their shape well when

boiled and are the tastiest for salads. Varieties like

International Kidney (also known as Jersey Royals),

Arran pilot have an almost un-buyable flavour

Short carrots – small and stubby, but full of flavour and easy

to grow, these quick to mature carrots are great if you find that

the longer varieties fork and fang in your soil (it’s a common

and very frustrating problem with carrots). They are great

to grow in containers too. Try Chantenay, Early Nantes, or

‘Romeo’, a small round variety about the size of a radish.

Baby beetroot – you can be harvesting baby beets


Top left: Harvest beetroot from an early sowing, or sow some

more now Bottom left: Harvest an early sowing of Calabrese

Top right: Pick broad beans when the beans are the size of your

thumbnail Middle right: Radishes Bottom right: Asparagus can

be picked up until the Solstice

115 surrey-homes.co.uk

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