With this year’s blackcurrant crop, we decided to try making a cordial.
Another trugful of tomatoes from the greenhouse, too many to enjoy raw, have been processed for the freezer.
Through these long hot summer days, the garden has filled out, knitting across any lingering gaps with a gentle progression of colour.
There are some fruit that we all associate with late autumn, most notably pumpkins and winter squashes, which are harvested after the last apples and pears have fallen.
The sun has been rather elusive for the past week, and the temperatures remain low.
It has been a poor year for apples and the few baubles that adorn our young trees are scarce and small.
This week saw our final tomato harvest, gathering the fruit that we had left to ripen on leafless cordons in the greenhouse, after our recent visit from blight.
There is a cluster of small trees along our wild boundary with the field, which in spring are covered in white foaming blossom, while through the summer small green fruits grow and slowly turn purple.
With August underway, it’s high time for an update on the productive side of the garden.