The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


29 July 2013

Seasonal Produce

Autumn Kings & Lady Christl's

Potatoes continue to crop well.  We've eaten all the peas and more broad beans are fattening up. The runner beans are really late but flowering well and the carrots are perfection!  The onions are looking good and the pumpkin is sprawling across the empty potato rows.  The outside sink has been a boon as it's so much better being able to wash fresh vegetables before they come into the house.  With the recent heatwave, it's been used for full preparation!

Home made cherry brandy

Meanwhile the home made cherry brandy is infusing on the kitchen window sill - reminding us to shake them daily.  How could I turn down the chance to pick some of Maureen's delicious cherry crop? For anyone wanting to make some: fill a bottle one third full with pricked cherries. (Be warned - pricking fruit is the world's stickiest job!) Pour in 1" of sugar (which can be brown) and top up with brandy then shake until Christmas!  We went to Lidl's for brandy as I didn't see the point in using expensive brands. Roll on Christmas - hic!!

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