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.
We are currently enjoying one of my favourite crops of summer.
We woke to gentle rainfall this morning, the long hot weeks of sunshine finally faltering to give way to a greyer day, the morning laced with light rain: a temporary reprieve by all accounts and therefore all the more welcome.
Slowly we are making our way through the last standing leeks and winter brassicas, clearing the ground ready for this year’s planting.
After several rather disappointing damp summers, and a long cold winter, we have at last enjoyed a fine summer here, with surprising heat still in the sun now as the season begins to wane.
This year we branched out with our beetroot growing, to include the yellow ‘Burpees Golden’ and pink-ringed ‘Chioggia’ alongside our usual purple varieties.
I have already mentioned how impressed we have been with the Broad Bean variety ‘Stereo’ this year.
Summer has finally arrived, with a welcome run of long, hot sunny days which continue to stretch ahead of us.
Despite the rather wintry weather of late, our hardneck garlic has remained on schedule, pushing up long curly scapes which I harvested eagerly in a spell of evening sunshine.