This week we gathered in the Squash, and we have tried a new variety called Crown Prince. This is a steel grey squash and is renowned for its excellent long storage and its eating qualities.
Now I know these do not look it but they are football size!
I also pruned out the old wood from the Loganberry bushes as Hubby laid the slabs to set our second hand buy greenhouse More on that in a later post.
We also tried the sweetcorn and its wonderfully sweet..
So the Runner and Dwarf beans are stored,
The freezer is now filling fast as this is the month to harvest and gather in and I have been making Jam and Chutney’s.. as I know others have been bottling/canning your delicious harvests.
I thought if any of you are into Wine Making I would share a recipe I came across in an old gardening magazine which was ready for the bin in a clear out session.
Very simply pick yourself a couple pounds of Blackberries, or you could bulk it out with apples or even plums.. its up to you, but from experience, I prefer just the blackberries.
Chop and mash them altogether, put into a stainless steel or enamel bucket and pour over a gallon of rain or spring water. Leave for 24 hrs before straining the liquid into a demi-john, add a pound and a half of sugar, or more depending on taste. Stir to help dissolve. And that’s it, pop on an Airlock Stopper, leave until it stops ‘glurping’ and then bottle. Yeast it says isn’t usually necessary , you will see if it does need it within a day if it doesn’t start fermenting then add some. ( it didn’t say how much though if needed ) The longer left in the bottle the better the flavour.
Do any of you make your own Wine?
And if you click the above photo it will take you to a very easy how to make wine video.
In the past we have made Parsnip, Rhubarb, Elderberry, but the best wine we ever did make was Strawberry.. It was delicious..
Happy Slurping all you Gardeners..