Although the balmy weather we are facing here in the UK isn't always as we'd like it, there are certain benefits to the erratic mixture of sun & heavy rain.
The courgette seedlings (Black Beauty variety) sown in May & planted out early June are now fully established & are fruiting regularly around 2-3 courgettes a week. Don't be afraid to cut off some of the larger leaves if they are starting to over crowd each other, particularly if it means giving the flowers more exposure;
Elsewhere in the garden I have harvested the onions & garlic to let them dry out for a week outside, before bringing them inside to dry further and then putting them into storage.
It is also time to harvest any other root veg that are ready, including beets & carrots;
These are best eaten straight away whilst fresh, and have endless possibilities. We like to roast Beetroots whole, with the skins on (This keeps the flavour in & the skins easily peel off once cooked) softening them nicely to put into a fresh seasonal salad, be sure to keep the leafy tops to include in your salad too!
Baked Root Veg & Kale Salad
Above image of our Baked Root Veg & Kale salad, using the leafy Beetroot tops. All ingredients grown in the garden, with the exception of a bit of seasoning!