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…

Home Made Wine from the Permaculture Garden.

  Checking out the demijohns of various wines yesterday, I realised that some were ready to either rack off-that means transferring them to another, clean demijohn, or bottle up…so I spent a couple of hours doing just that, as well as sampling each one…well, it has to be done!Making wine from the abundant harvest of organic blackcurrants is one of my favourite summer tasks. I also use Strawberries, Redcurrants, Rosehips and Jostaberries, all grown here at Bealtaine. The wine here is Strawberry and Redcurrant. After bottling it needs to be laid down for about 3 months minimum. This improves the…