Tag: Vines

  • Goats Roll Up, It’s the Vine Leaf Buffet!

    All summer we’ve been struggling to keep the goats away from the grape vines, in order to protect our harvest of fruit. Vine leaves are one of the goats’ favourite foods and if they are allowed to they’re easily able to strip a vine in minutes, sometimes damaging it in the process and certainly scoffing the more »

  • Our Week in Pictures: 6th October 2014

    Lots of people on site this week including some new volunteers, and plenty going on as usual. But the focus has really been on the grape harvest, with foot stomping the grapes being a popular activity. The first batch of wine has now started it’s secondary fermentation, and another batch is on the way. Grapes more »

  • Our Week in Pictures: 29th September 2014

    Another busy week! Making up for the rain of last week we’ve been cracking on with the first part of our grape harvest and wine making. Harvesting and produce preservation continues, with tomatoes and quinces still being top of my processing list. Volunteer Marjolein has been filming this week, which has given Jeroen a marvellous more »

  • In the Kitchen: Dolmades

    Finally, despite some pretty rotten weather earlier in the year, our vines are looking lush and green. Of course the goats adore them, but I see no reason why they should get all the fun, particularly as they get so many at harvest time. It’s quite possible to harvest a reasonable number of leaves from more »

  • A Visitor’s Perspective: Serge’s Diary (part 3)

    This is part of a series of posts where we ask one of our volunteers or visitors to say a few words. Serge is one of our longer staying volunteers, and has kindly agreed to share his diary.   A Visitor’s Perspective: Serge’s Diary  After a particularly busy and eventful week I’m heading back to more »

  • Making Jeropiga

    Phew! The last dorna full of fermented juice has now been transferred into the last barrel. So that’s the bulk of the wine making completed for the year. We can sit back now and dream of a merry new year. There’s nothing better than a glass of your own homemade wine infront of the woodburner more »

  • Grape Harvest

      It’s been a very busy, but enjoyable, few weeks as we’ve been doing our annual grape harvest. Coupled with Jeroen’s continued work on the straw bale project we’ve been stretched to get everything done, but it’s one of my favourite times of year, the weather has been lovely and it’s been good fun.   more »

  • Brambles

    It’s been awhile since I’ve reported on activities, but we’ve got an enormous amount done over the past weeks. It’s been our busiest time of year in terms of number of volunteers, and we’ve been fortunate to have had an amazing group here, both in terms of their numbers and their energy. Although I’ve been more »

  • Tomatoes, Peppers and Endless Quantities of Manure

    With Spring very much here it’s been time to transplant out the young plants this week.  We’ve got some spectacular tomato supports in place, started a few weeks ago in the rain and finished this week in blazing sunshine 🙂     There are around 180 little tomato plants under there! In front are 200 more »