Summer’s First Harvest

Today I collected the very first harvest from our allotment. A simple harvest of salad leaves that brings me more joy than any wealth could hold.

Summer Salad Leaves

Our allotment was a wilderness, abandoned for three years, before we were given it. That was four months ago.

We’ve transformed it from a plot of weeds and tangled raspberries into a place of beauty and edible abundance. So that today, my little basket holds baby spinach leaves, Merveille de Quatre Saisons, and Red Leaf lettuce.

Summer Salad Harvest

There are still weeds aplenty in our allotment beds, having been brought to the surface from their dormant slumber by our digging. Much of my time is spent removing Convolvulus roots and Couch grass.

But some weeds, like this Chenopodium album (known as Fat Hen) are surprising free crops for us to eat. It tastes a little like spinach and is cultivated as a crop in India. This wild bounty is cousin to Chenopodium giganteum which I’m growing alongside. I imagine Nature smiling at my cultivated endeavours as she scatters free food amongst my pampered crops.

Salad Leaves in Summer

A small gathering of salad for one meal, it may be. But I am so filled with happiness that I find myself looking deeply at these wonderful green andpurple leaves, as if I had never seen their like before. Is there anything more precious than the first self-grown harvest?

Thanks for reading!

Today’s post comes from the lovely Josie Crafter… (see here latest gorgeous post about her cut flower garden!)

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4 responses to “Summer’s First Harvest

  1. What a lovely blog! I love growing salad leaves and your first harvest is always something special. We’re in the process of transforming an allotment too. It’s hard work, those weeds just keep on growing

  2. Wonderful. Love the feeling of collecting from the allotment. We have a long way to go but the quinoa is coming up which I am most excited about!

  3. Pingback: First Harvest from our Allotment | Josie Crafter·

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