Forget New Year resolutions – August is a great time to turn over a new culinary leaf, says John Stoa
When you reach a certain age you are able to look back to your childhood and compare it to today’s kids growing up in a technological age.
After a season of rich pickings, it’s time for John Stoa to preserve his autumn crops.
My introduction to the humble raspberry was in the early fifties when this eight year old followed a group of young kids from our housing estate to our local raspberry fields, just a ten minute walk away.
We will always remember the summer of 2018 with its long hot and dry spell, but 2019 seems to be even hotter, but with plentiful thunderstorms so there was never any shortage of water.
Saskatoons which are also known as Juneberries are relatively unknown in UK and as yet not grown commercially for fruit although a few nurseries stock them for sale to the public.
As summer makes way for autumn, the harvesting range of fruit and vegetables changes as most of the soft fruit has been picked as well as summer cabbages, cauliflower, onions, broad beans and early potatoes.
My interest in gardening started in childhood encouraged by keen gardeners in the family, so it was natural to choose it for a career as well as a hobby.
It is always easy to find a wee job in the garden, even after all the main tasks have been completed.
Pumpkins and courgettes have a lot of similarities in their needs for producing good crops.