A few days ago Morley and I did a late night harvest of our over grown and water logged gardens. To the naked eye the veggie patches would appear to be weed ridden and ready to start again. One thing I have learned about gardening is a good harvest is your best friend. All too often people plant things and then for some reason forget about the purpose; harvest, share and enjoy the fruits of your effort (and financial investment).
One of the best ways to rejuvenate a garden is aggressive picking. And that is just what Morley and I did. We picked anything and everything that we could find and filled up a clothes hamper with our bounty. That night we ate the spinach and used the herbs (except for the Dill). As I often do, I ran out of energy leaving behind a sink full over over ripe cumcubers and under ripe tomatos for the next day. The next day came and went and I was determined to find a good use for the sink full of garden goodies. I had never pickled anything before but I grew up loving my Grandma’s home made pickles and my Mum has continued the family tradition. With some good foot steps to follow in I thought I should have a go.
My pickle and relish research revealed some promising potential for what we had picked. Here are links to the websites and recipes I got inspiration from. In the end I could not pick a process or recipe that suited me: instead, I made up my own. If you are interested in what I did just drop us a line. Now for the links and pickle pictures. Enjoy and don’t forget that sometimes it’s best to start your recipe from what you have in your garden.
Green Tomato and cucumber pickle recipe links
Allotment Growing Recipe http://www.allotment.org.uk/recipe/207/cucumber-and-green-tomato-relish-recipe
Cow Girl’s Country Life http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/2007/11/green-tomato-pickles.html