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Wild gardening anyone?

Well it's that time of year again when we are up to our ears making wine and sloe gin to cheer us up in the winter months.

Picked loads of sloes today for sloe gin at Yule and am busy harvesting sloes, blackberries, elderberries and anything else I can get my hands on. They all go in a bucket together to make "wild wine".

It really does taste like the countryside.

I may well venture into jam as well this year and breadmaking with seaweed as I live on the coast.

Anyone else got any wild hobbies going on?



  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    We usually throw some sea kale into the freezer as well, it's a great ingredient to use for smoothies in winter.


  • Shot 24 pigeons and have just skinned them and removed the breasts.  They'll be prepped with a blackberry and port sauce. 

  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I thought sloes had to have a touch of frost before they were picked?
    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
  • hogweedhogweed Posts: 4,053
    I'm sure someone told me that when I picked them a few years ago for gin.

    'They used to say it was best to pick sloes after the first frost when their skins would break open, but frankly with fridges on the scene, the effect can be achieved easily enough. ' DT

    'I've recently racked up a couple of bottles picked in early November and the taste is completely different to those picked in September, being deeper, richer and more complex than the fresher tasting early batches.'

    Each to his own!

    'Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement' - Helen Keller
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