Down on the Allotment

Matron grows vegetables and fruit in a courtyard garden. Which edibles will tolerate less than ideal growing conditions. Discovering how veggies can grow in partial shade.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Visit to the National Fruit Collection

Today I visited the National Fruit collection at Brogdale, near Faversham in Kent. Brogdale also holds the "National collection of nuts"..... and the "National collection of plums". A wonderful 2 hour guided tour of the orchards. 3000 different varieties of apples, 300 different varieties of cherries... I was beguiled by the collection of QUINCE trees (the National collection). All quinces grown at Brogdale are bought and shipped to London exclusively for Fortnum & Mason.

I sneaked several windfall quinces.... as we speak, several pints of quince jelly are cooking gently on my stove. More to follow. Posted by Picasa

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