Colette O'Neill… Environmentalist, Author, Publisher, Photographer. Creator of Goddess Permaculture.
The Easiest Way to Harvest Blackcurrants
It is early July, early evening and it’s cold.
The stove is lit.
The weather systems all over the world appear to have gone wild, but as I sit here, sipping tea and typing, the reality of life is more to do with getting the harvest of blackcurrants into the freezer!
I have returned from the kitchen with a cuppa and red-tinted fingers from all the handling of the currants as I weigh them into bags.
Whatever the weather is like we have to adapt as best as possible and Blackcurrants don’t seem to mind any way!
There is no sense in this weather here at the moment, or in the fact that Summer in Ireland started in March of this year and ended in April…take a look at the blogs I posted during that time, bearing in mind that I take photographs on a daily basis, real-time so to speak!
However, life at the permaculture smallholding goes on in quite a pleasant way, harvesting, freezing and making chutney.
I have found that the easiest way of harvesting the currants is to cut whole stems and wheel-barrow them over to the veranda where I can sit quietly and harvest the berries, listening to the gentle tinkling of the wind-chimes…it’s pleasant work with lots of time for fleeting thoughts!
It saves a lot of backache and gives the bushes a good pruning too!
The sky seems to be perpetual grey blanket of cloud, with the very occasional peek through of blue sky and sunshine…very occasional that is!
It does remain fairly bright, being that this is the west of Ireland and we are surrounded by ocean.
Visitors to Bealtaine tell me about droughts in western USA and torrential rain in England.