Some bottling happening

This is a book I have mentioned in previous posts I have written, this time it is about beetroot. We have managed to successfully grow some beetroot over winter and now is the time to bottle some of our produce. Some of the plants were ready to harvest whereas others have a bit more growing…

More activity linked to gardening.

Part of the love of gardening is the enjoyment to be had from the fruits of your labour.  When vegetables and fruit ripen and flowers and bushes bloom you can take the time to enjoy your hard work. We have had a great crop of tomatoes this year but I only planted the tiny tomatoes,…

Olives are now bottled

These are the green olives from our olive harvest.  They had to be kept soaking for a few more days than the black olives in order to eliminate the bitterness. Both lots of olives are now bottled and we do indeed have a great crop this year. I don’t think we will need to buy…

The olives are ready for pickling

Arriving back from my holiday I realised it was well and truly time to pick our olives, before the bower birds consumed them.  There has been a flock of bower birds hanging around the garden and they have successfully demolished all our cauliflower plants, each one stripped to a stalk. The olive tree has produced…

It’s that time of year again!

Our cumquat tree is covered in cumquats so it is time once again to make cumquat marmalade.  This is one kilo of cumquats and is just the first lot of ripe fruit.  The tree still has lots of fruit on it so no doubt I will be making a few more batches. You can find…

Now that is a decent sized jar!

Our olive tree has now seriously started to produce fruit.  I have posted in previous years how we only had a few olives as it was a  very young tree and so we only ever had small jars of olives.  This year we had a good crop and have been able to preserve a large…