5 Essential Home Harvesting Supplies
So much hard work and labour goes into growing crops but often, the novice home grower or new allotment tenant comes unstuck once harvest season comes around. The window for gathering in your amazing bumper crop is very short and by the time you have been to buy the gardening supplies you need, it’s over; the berries turn overripe on the stems, the pigeons find a way in, and the potatoes pass that ideal stage of growth for clamping. And it really is backbreaking work without. Thankfully, you have the benefit of more experienced hands ahead of you, and a wealth of invaluable tools at your disposal, if you only think to buy them ahead of time.
Potato scoops. It’s essentially a curved garden fork. These may seem overly simplistic in design, and perhaps a waste of money where a simple spade or fork will do. Lifting round root vegetables with a straight edge is tedious work, however, and the curved prongs of a potato scoop will save your back and your time.
Berry pickers are a small and inexpensive blessing to anyone with a berry bush. Ripe berries are delicate and tend to grow in hard to reach clumps, which forces the gardener to try to pick them one-handed, while holding back branches and crouched. It’s uncomfortable work that leaves much of the fruit crushed and fingers pricked. A berry picker allows the fruit to be gently pulled dozens at a time from the bush without damage to the fruit, the plant or the gardener. It’s a simple, elegant and inexpensive solution what is otherwise a fair arduous task.
Fruit poles extend the reach of the gardener in order to pick fruit from trees without the need for a ladders, which are often impractical and unsafe for the lone gardener. Move around the garden or plot with ease, without damaging other crops, with the use of these handy fruit poles instead.
Root Veg Sacks. Natural hessian sacks have been a popular choice for storing root vegetables for many generations. Hessian is durable and is less likely to tear while you move your heavy crop around. The also material is breathable, which allows air to circulate, which prevents the vegetables from sweating. This keeps the risk of storage rot to a minimum – perfect for storing parsnips, carrots, potatoes, turnips and all other root vegetables over the winter.
Drying equipment. Drying is one of the age-old means of preserving food through the seasons and many of our favourite foods are more popular in their dried form. From herbs and spices to apples and summer for breakfast toppings, a good system for drying will keep your diet packed with home grown vitamin C. Herb and Chilli Driers are of simple wooden construction and offer a space saving spot for hygienic drying, while A Cast Iron Herb & Flower Drier with its iron hooks is also a decorative kitchen accessory to hang from your ceiling.
Any good home grower knows that planning is the key to success, and while each of us creates our own sowing, planting and harvesting calendar, it is helpful to include an essential list of tools alongside our scheduled jobs. These five essential items will ensure that you’re well equipped when the day comes and little research in these areas will go a long way to help you budget and spread the cost of your equipment. The only worry then, is where to store all that incredible home grown produce.