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Fruit – LandGirl

Fruit

Le Vendange!

Sorry - I've come over all smug because my grape harvest (vendange) has been formidable this year. we have been growing the vine up the back of the garage on a south facing wall. Those of you who have been fol...

The Big Apple

I've  been busy harvesting our apples before the jackdaws peck them all and they fall and rot on the ground. Our apple tree is only a modest size but its apples are huge. I've tried to identify which variety i...

Kind of Blue

I recently overheard someone say to a friend "thank you for those blueberry plants: we had more than we could eat". A nd I couldn't stop thinking I wanted more blueberries than I could eat.  I'd dismissed the...

Viticulture

Turn your back on a grape vine and it will lose all sense of decorum. M ine is Happy as Larry scampering up the back of the garage but left to its own devices I think it would be half way down the High Street...

Grape Vine

I'll admit I have got into a pickle with my grape.  It is very happy growing along the south-facing side of the garage but I haven't really got the hang of pruning it. M y variety is Black Hamburg, a dessert ...

Apricot

Many many years ago I ate a fresh apricot in France and it was a revelation. N ot the chewy, sour bullets that pass for apricots in the supermarket but a juicy, fresh, delicious little fruit and from that mo...

Juicy

Our juice is back from the press and our apples have made much more than I thought they would - sixty four 75cl bottles! W e packed them up in large cardboard boxes and took them over to a small commercial pr...

Apple muffins

While our main apple tree has cropped well this year, our stepovers around the vegetable garden have had a mixed season. T hey are only two years old so they're still establishing and I have been careful to c...
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Fig and Goat’s Cheese Tart

My little fig tree has been with me through hell and high water. Well three house moves and several very hot summers in a negligently small pot. N ow it is enjoying its retirement on a south-facing brick wall...

The Fruit Garden

“Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” Mark Twain. When we moved in there was a Victoria plum tree riddled with silver leaf so unfortunately that had to go. That left a rather neglected appl...