So many apples. A mountain of tomatoes and a daily collection of raspberries. Despite not planting too many vegetables this year the garden is treating us to a bountiful harvest. There’s a lot to be said for perennial food plants. If you miss your sowing and planting slots in spring then the opportunity for a crop of annual veg has passed, whereas perennials fruit trees and bushes are far more forgiving. I did manage the must-haves: courgettes and tomatoes, both of which are doing well. But besides these veg, my kitchen counter is heaving with all sorts of fresh, seasonal soft and hard fruit from the garden. Now, where to find the time to preserve it all!