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About debonland

This is to be a record of the development of the garden and fields at Springdale. It will probably be quite a slow process but nonetheless very satisfying and rewarding. Please pop back from time to time to see our progress!

Jam Season

The jam making season is well underway at Springdale! 2020 has been a very good year for fruit so far. We have freshly made Strawberry Jam, Strawberry and Gooseberry Jam, Strawberry and Rhubarb Jam, Gooseberry Jam and Loganberry Jam

Strawberries
Gooseberries
Rhubarb
Loganberries

All our jams are made from fruit grown at Springdale.

Loganberries 2020

The loganberries are early this year

They love sunshine and we’ve had plenty of that during May.

Each flower develops one berry, which has a juicier and sharper flavour than a raspberry. So we’ve been picking them as quickly as they ripen and making delicious jam.

The berries don’t all ripen at the same time so keep going back for more!

Greenhouses 1 and 2

In 2019 we decided to buy a greenhouse to help raise more plants from seed and for chillis during the summer.

Clearing the ground
Moving earth
Edging
Levelling
Concrete floor
Greenhouse 1 completed
Staging going into place

Greenhouse 2 has just been completed – May 2020

Before glass panes
Greenhouse 2 complete

Strawberries 2020

Strawberry crop at Springdale this year is amazing. Already picked 128lbs and it’s only the middle of June. Strawberries are on the menu every morning for breakfast.

Freshly made jam is delicious! A real taste of summer.

In the field
On the boil – jam making
Breakfasts strawberries mixed with blueberries

Marmalade Season 2019

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Delicious new season Seville Oranges have been transformed into Springdale Produce’s tangy, fruity marmalade.  We have been selling it at Usk Farmer’s Market, which takes place every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.

 

 

All our labels are newly designed with the the Springdale logo, our lovely Magnolia tree, and Wye Valley Jam with the variety named below.  Available to buy from us, or at Leaf Creative, Huntley Garden Centre, Huntley, GL19 3EX or from The Pantry, St Briavels, GL15 6TA

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Springdale Success at Usk Show 2018

Our entries into the Usk Show this year were very successful

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Clip from Monmouthshire Beacon

Here’s a selection of our Prize Winning Jams and Cakes

Bara Brith

Polytunnel

July 2018

Lettuce, tomatoes, chillis and peppers being grown in here at the moment

Tomatoes are just starting to ripen

Variety – Sweet Aperitif

Freshly picked

Lettuce, tomatoes, Jalapeño chillis

Courgettes from the fields

August 2018

Update on the polytunnel

Left side

Right side

Tomatoes

Rosette Apple

The Rosette Apple – A beautiful early season apple

Rosette is a bright red early season apple, with an amazing rosette-like pattern of marbled pink or red flesh that is revealed when you cut the apple open!

The flesh does not brown (oxidise) that quickly either so it can be used to add an interesting colour to savoury or fruit salads. It was a good choice of apple tree and although only in its third year has a good crop in 2018.