The sudden hot weather has brought on a lot of the salad crops. Lettuce particularly, which I could only deal with by giving away to those people helping us - some to the bloke letting us store boxes in his garage and some to the plumbers who are working hard all day to install our new boiler!
My husband wandered in with two cucumbers. It takes a week if you have a few slices each for lunch so I went for a different serving.
With the beetroot I have been grating some cooked bulbs up coarsely (messy I know) and then grating a freshly dug small red onion. This is dressed with olive oil and white wine vinegar, seasoned, with a few leaves of fresh thyme, slightly bruised. This is even better the next day when the dressing has soaked in.
My garlic crop of 50 bulbs has had to be dug up. The leaves all showed rust and as that spreads by spores getting into the ground we wanted to burn the tops asap. I put the bulbs upside down through the wooden slats of the greenhouse benches for a few days but then it got so hot they were going to end up cooked!
As they were dry now I trimmed the roots, rubbed off the dirt and shortened the stalk. I found a use (at last) for those annoying nets the supermarkets sell oranges in. I gathered a dozen garlic into two of these and when I find the garden string again (husband put it down somewhere) these can be hung under the stairs in the dark and cool. I might look into making garlic puree with some of the crop later.
It was 34 C here today and not a lot of garden work got done really - besides being sweaty we found it hard to concentrate. Why on earth do people go abroad to seek out temperatures like this??? If only the plumber would hurry up we could go to the beach, but the poor chap spent several hours with a burner in a cupboard putting copper piping together. They could not have worked harder and I felt guilty for sitting on the settee for 10 mins to rest while they toiled!