Gooseberry and Elderflower Cordial

Tonight I will be using some of the gooseberries I harvested at the weekend along with some elderflowers from my garden to make a gooseberry and elderflower cordial. This is an easy recipe and I thought I would share with you how I make this refreshing drink. I have made some juice already, with 1kgContinue reading “Gooseberry and Elderflower Cordial”

Forest Garden Update: Gooseberries, Comfrey, Nettles and More

Today I spent the afternoon in the forest garden, so I thought this could be a good time to give you an update from this area. Everything is going wild – with lots to harvest and plenty more on the way. The main jobs today were harvesting gooseberries, clearing things up a little, and harvestingContinue reading “Forest Garden Update: Gooseberries, Comfrey, Nettles and More”

Why Gooseberries are One of My Favourite Fruit Bushes

Ribes ulva-crispa, gooseberries, are an excellent fruit bush for my climate and location. They grow prolifically, yield well every year, and are very easy to propagate. (I have expanded my number of plants by taking hardwood cuttings, which have rooted well.) They are native to temperate areas of Europe, and have been cultivated in theContinue reading “Why Gooseberries are One of My Favourite Fruit Bushes”

A Sunny Day in the Forest Garden

It’s been a beautiful and rather warm weekend here, and things are growing apace after the cold snap we had earlier in the month. Blossoms and blooms that have just opened, or which are just about to open, tell of promise for the months to come. I thought some of you might enjoy seeing someContinue reading “A Sunny Day in the Forest Garden”