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Fruit Trees – plant now for delicious tasting home grown fruit

Now is the time to come into Portstone and browse our selection of fruit trees that you can plant at home to enjoy great tasting fruit in the summer months. It really is easy to plant, care for and then … Continue reading

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Garlic Planting – Now is the time

Garlic is traditionally planted on the shorted day, but you can plant anytime between June and August.  It is one of the easiest crops to grow, it takes up hardly any room and once you plant it requires little care. … Continue reading

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How to harvest Passionfruit

How to harvest passionfruit?  Just let them fall, then pick them up, it’s that simple. The skins are tough so they don’t bruise.  It is often said you should leave them to go wrinkley, to ripen, but in fact they are … Continue reading

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Harvesting carrots

I have been harvesting carrots over the last few weeks and thoroughly enjoying them. They are crisp and juicy when eaten raw, and tender when cooked.  The variety is Berlicum from Kings Seeds. I have pulled one or two and … Continue reading

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Harvesting Red Onions

      I harvested all my red onions because the tops were getting powdery mildew and I didn’t want the disease going down into the bulb.  As it is a few of them are soft and floppy in the stem just … Continue reading

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Dovyalis, Tropical Apricot

I have four Dovyalis “Tropical Apricot” trees growing in pots.  There are a few fruit on them, just small at the moment but I am looking forward to them getting bigger and riper.  I believe they have an apricot flavour. This is a large semi-deciduous shrub … Continue reading

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fresh blackcurrant jam

I made jam from freshly picked blackcurrants and compared the taste with bought stuff.  My jam had a stronger flavour and fresher taste.  It’s a really easy jam to make.  Pick 1kg of currants, and wash them.  Boil 1.5kg sugar with 800ml … Continue reading

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