Our entries into the Usk Show this year were very successful
Here’s a selection of our Prize Winning Jams and Cakes
The Rivers’ Early Plum – Delicious eating plum, ready at the end of July 2018
Just before picking
First crop from this little tree
Lettuce, tomatoes, chillis and peppers being grown in here at the moment
Tomatoes are just starting to ripen
Variety – Sweet Aperitif
Lettuce, tomatoes, Jalapeño chillis
Courgettes from the fields
Update on the polytunnel
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.
Planted last year, 2017, this is the first year (2018) for picking our loganberries.
They look like raspberries but the fruit is a little longer and firmer. The loganberry is a raspberry x blackberry hybrid with quite a tart flavour which is ideal for cooking or jam.
The fruit is a sharper than a raspberry but makes delicious jam which sets in minutes.
A jug full of loganberries can be turned into three of these lovely jars of jam!
French bean seeds were planted towards the end of May, and potted on, planting into well manured ground on 8th June 2018, In 6 weeks these were ready to start picking.
Three varieties of French Beans are ready for picking.
Purple Queen at the top, Saxa on the right, and Kinghorn Wax on the left.
Saxa variety – 10lbs picked so far (21.7.18), 5lbs now blanched and frozen, the rest have been eaten! The Dwarf French bean ‘Saxa’ (Phaseolus vulgaris) is a strong variety that seems to give a good crop and can be harvested early. The Kinghorn Wax (Phaseolus vulgaris) is also an early to late, stringless, dwarf French bean, but a lovely yellow in colour. 2lbs of these so far (21.7.18). The Purple Queen, dark purple in colour, turns green on boiling. However this seems to be a later variety and the pods are still developing.
6lbs of blackcurrants picked
Springdale Blackcurrant Jam