The inevitable consequence of
Apple Day in October is of course a new batch of cider making.
And this year our friend Derek was on hand to record it all on film, leaving me in presenting terms somewhere between
Jack Hargreaves and Kevin McCloud I fear.
Anyway, grab your popcorn for the first (and quite possible last) Secret Acre movie…
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No sooner had we made our ‘ Beauty Bath Spiced Apple Chutney’, than August’s harvest arrived en masse.
Suddenly every spare minute was taken up in the kitchen with the preserving pan. The
Blaisdon Plums were our biggest crop, with Emma heroically creating over 100 jars of various plum based jams and chutneys for the storeroom. Continue reading
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Tagged apple, aubergine, August, Beauty of Bath, Blaisdon, chutney, Emma Alesworth, fennel, harvest, hazelnuts, jam, mulled, onions, Paul Rainger, pears, plums, potatoes, preserving, radishes, red onions, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, walnuts |
We’ve been quiet online last month, an indication of frenetic activity in the garden and kitchen, as harvest season started to kick in.
It all started with apples. Which may seem odd. Our main
apple orchard harvest occurs in mid-September and October after all. But up by the house we have a Beauty of Bath apple tree, a variety cultivated to crop very early in August, which resulted in it being awarded a Royal Horticultural Society First Class Certificate in 1887 no less. Continue reading
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Tagged apples, August, Beauty of Bath, chutney, cider, harvest, Paul Rainger, River Cottage, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, vinegar |
We can now pop out and pee in the garden.
Yes that’s right, we’ve finally got round to building some
compost bins. Appropriately recycling some of the pallets left by the builders of course. Continue reading
Last year we had an onion and potato harvest in September. Our white and red onions had been spring planted alongside the spuds.
This year we tried over wintering our
onions along with the usual late autumn planted garlic. Continue reading
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Tagged Brexit, Carcassonne Wight, garlic, grow your own, harvest, Marco, onions, Paul Rainger, pink garlic, red onions, Smallholding, The Secret Acre |
Regular followers of our progress here will remember that just two months ago a bit fell off our car.
As you can imagine, this led inevitably to the creation of a new herb garden at The Secret Acre. Obviously.
But just eight weeks on, the tyre planters have in fact worked a treat, and as you can see in the picture below our herbs are now roaring away.
The mad rush to catch up in the garden at the end of May was immediately followed by the mad rush in early June to catch the Elderflower at its sunny best.
After this year’s whopping 4kg of
wild garlic pesto making, we made Continue reading
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Tagged calendula, champagne, cordial, elderflower, Paul Rainger, pesto, River Cottage, Smallholding, The Secret Acre, veg patch, water lily, wild garlic |