I am quite keen to try drying some of our apples. We don't have one of those very fancy dehydrator machines, but am toying with the idea of cutting them up and slow drying them at very low oven…Continue
I noticed that some of my 'Gardener's Delight' tomatoes are bursting around their middle. They are ripe, but certainly not overripe. Not critical, as they are still tasty and not all seem to be…Continue
We are working hard to create a new orchard to grow both apples and pears (12 trees in total). There are so many varieties to choose from, which makes the selection process, be it great fun, rather…Continue
On last week's episode of Gardeners' World, Monty had a rather efficient looking rake. It looks like a double fronted rake. Despite replaying over and over, I think I misunderstood what he called it.…Continue
There really is no other way of saying it, this year the kitchen garden has been pants. Record breaking hot March weather, subsequent and unremitting torrential rain, persistent cold temperatures, fuming storms, in addition to exceptionally lethal slug vandalism and uncanny pigeon mutilation, amount to the perfect recipe for disaster. With the bulk of painstakingly grown produce mullered, and end of June nearing, one can't help but wonder if there is still a chance to avoid the vegetable…Continue
Is our progressive hankering to grow the socially admirable, ‘remarkable’ produce, in fact detrimental to taste, where so dubbed ‘ordinary’ varieties, would have shined? Read article here...
Meet our rather adventurous 2009 purchase, Rubus Nidigrolaria; the Jostaberry. Developed in Europe, the Jostaberry is a thornless cross between the Blackcurrant and the Gooseberry. Results to date have been poor to say the least. This, the Olympic year, is its last chance to determine its future; compost heap or eternal sorbet/crumble rich, prospects. http://oxoniangardener.co.uk/jostaberry-chance-saloon-3950/