Sunday, 11 September 2011

Cider apples

Cider is a wonderful thing.

I've been thinking of making ciders for a little while now and this summer we were bought back some champagne style cider from France and it was amazing on a hot summers day. So that had me thinking of planting some vintage cider apple trees up at the allotment, but before I even got round to that I found myself in possession of a cider brewing kit and fruit press from

Next thing I'm out collecting apples, pressing and fermenting them. I doubt my first attempt will turn out very well, let alone anything like that French cider, but I'm hoping to get somewhere close in the next few years.

Friday, 9 September 2011


Thought I'd try and grow sweetcorns again this year after being put off by a crop a few years ago being almost totally eaten by mice or deer or probably both. I think next year I will grow them in a cage to stop them from being eaten. This year I've managed to harvest the kernels early just as a few of them were starting to get eaten, but I'm not sure if any of them are fully ripe yet, will have to wait until I eat them to find out although the 2 we had for dinner the other night were very nice indeed.
Sweetcorns are one of the Veg that are really rewarding to grow as they taste so good compared to shop bought corns if you pick and eat them within just a few hours.

Dorset nagas

Hi all.

Sorry for the lack of post recently but things have been really busy with work for me, along with tending to the allotment, dog walks and a few weekends away in the I've just not had the time to get any photos and write blog posts, or should I say other things have taken priority.

Anyway I've got a few updates to catch up on now and some time off, so here is what the Dorset nagas are looking like now in the grow bags in my carpark. They seem to be doing ok but the last few weeks have been really quite dull and they could have done with being scorching hot and dry to really finish off these Chilies. Lets hope we get some hotter weather in whats left of september, although its not looking good.