I do apologise that we’ve been very slack on the blogging recently. So we’ve got a lot to catch up with…
A couple of weeks was due to us being away on holiday in Norfolk (very nice actually!), and then we’ve come back to a very over grown kitchen garden… It has needed serious tidying to find the fruit and veggies and then ensure that all of the new green tomatoes are able to get enough sunshine to turn them rosy red. We trimmed off two huge sacks of unnecessary foliage (and that was just from two of the beds), but it’s working and we can see the fruits ripening day by day.
We’ve harvested the rouge potatoes from last year and planted some new potatoes for Christmas, in a rubble sack this time!
We’ve also been very busy preserving…
Fortunately, we’re getting a bit of a reputation for gathering in the gluts and transforming them into treats. The Dixon’s plum jam was amazing and Mrs Ward Sr seems to have access to all kinds of harvests and hedgerows. Thanks everyone, we’ll remember you at Christmas!
We’ve also got an Apple Amnesty going on. It’s Cider Sunday at Hen Corner this weekend and we’re hoping to squeeze out a good few liters of the stuff…
We’ve been picking the giant courgettes and have made pickles, chutneys and even the ‘Best Chocolate Courgette Cake’ I reckon it lived up to its name – and that’s without the icing!
We first served the cake to our guests on our recent Chicken Keeping Course. We had six lovely people come to Hen Corner for A summer’s evening in the kitchen garden, again we enjoyed hosting the course, slightly over ran with the questions & answers session and have appreciated the lovely reviews that we’ve received:
- Collecting in all of the apples
- Making cider!!!!!!
- Making more Apple & Chilli Jelly with the apple pulp
That will keep us busy. Have a good week yourself!
Corners are not just for squares!