The development of a new garden. A garden makeover from yew hedges flowers veg sowing growing planting and a new orchard. The extending of Springdale and improvements. The development of our new business: the scone station
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
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.
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.
The weather this summer, 2018 has been so hot. Our crop of blackcurrants has been good but the older blackcurrant bushes have produced currants of a much smaller size. All of the bushes have been grown from cuttings from our bush in Eaglesham, Scotland where we previously lived.