Well what a cracking weekend. Weather has been absolutely superb and I’ve spent most of the time sitting in the sun, drinking beer and relaxing at our local food festival. Great to see so many small local businesses making a living and creating such high quality produce. Bliss.
Spent a few hours out in the glorious sun at the allotment too, where have planted next years garlic crop. I’ve love garlic, not only the taste of course, but how incredibly easy it is to grow. Also what can you harvest in June and still be eating the following April? Brilliant.
Haven’t tried Mikulov White before, but the cloves were in fantastic condition, so look forward to seeing how they grow. Planted some onion sets too and did a bit of general tidying up. Picked the last few plums, the first lot of main crop potatoes (sadly no photo), which look in great condition and also have our first few apples ready.
It;s been a bumper year for apples so these three are the first of many. Sadly we have at least thirty fewer than we would’ve due to a branch breaking off in some unseasonably windy weather earlier in the summer. Both trees are about seven years old now and after a slow start to life are both now incredibly productive. The taste of the fruit is superb and as Monty Don rightly said this week, there’s few things better than picking and eating an apple you can’t buy in the shops. I quite fancy another heritage variety, but an earlier sort so we can have fruit from August onwards.