Cold but beautifully sunny, yesterday was volunteer workday at Old Sleningford Farm in North Yorkshire. We love these days for so many reasons. For me, it is the opportunity to be amongst like-minded people and learn useful facts and techniques about growing (in a permaculture context). For my daughter, it is an opportunity to run around outside with smaller people and get her coat dirty😉.
It is also the opportunity to pick up a supply of cordials made from the fruits of the Forest Garden. This time it was gooseberry with ginger and elderflower cordials. Absolutely smashing!
Anyway, on with some work…. Basically, it was an afternoon in the aforementioned Forest Garden, where we first cleared out the wood which had been cut from the trees, which will be used for Wwoofers to have a fire. Then we cut down old raspberry and currant canes.
And Rachel, one of the people who runs the farm, offered us some of the canes, so I came home with a black and a red currant. I can’t now remember which is which in the picture below, though.
Anyway, if I remember correctly, the fruit grows on the canes which are three years old, so I’ll be able to tell you then!