Apple heaven

Our apple trees are still establishing, just a few of our own – but we have also been given apples that just needed to be used, a mix of sharp eating and cooking ones. So here are some suggestions for excess apples based on what we did this autumn. Dried Apple...

The wonder of pillowcases

Recently, talking with visitors to Holt Wood about harvesting herbs, I found myself once again extolling the wonders of pillowcases. You might think this odd. Actually, there is no limit to the usefulness of pillowcases and I think they are an essential piece of...

Birch for all

We have been trying out ways to collect Birch (Betula alba) sap. We used a carved oak peg in birch-tapping kits available for £10 including postage from Touch-Wood. You can see the whole process in a YouTube clip link from the Touch-Wood website. As the sap is rising...

Back to the harvest

At last, some space in the diary to get the blog going again. Last year, 2014, the blog was left behind for a while due to lots of other things, hope to catch up during 2015. Harvest of witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) The witch hazel shrubs are doing well, both on...

Fruits from the wood

There is a lot of fruit this year in Holt Wood. I have been harvesting apples, blackberries and elderberries (pictured) . And I already had blackcurrants and chokecherries from the allotment in the freezer. Making fruit leathers is a really great discovery for using...

New Year News from Holt Wood

Time is flying again, my efforts to keep up to date are just not good enough so this year I have a resolution to do better! At least we have details of our Holt Wood Programme in 2014 arranged. Our first visit to Holt Wood in 2014 coincided with brilliant blue skies...