We found our trip to Tuscany quite refreshing despite the June heatwave. The history of the Italian province may not have been one of undisturbed peace and harmony, but the hills above Vinci felt like a haven in our times of globally threatened biodiversity.
There is a lot to say about Prangins Castle’s kitchen garden, located close to the lake between Lausanne and Geneva, from its creation in the eighteen century to the modern day. This is a first encounter.
Some jam recipes don’t require more than 300g of added sugar per kilo of fruit. I tried one with plums, tasted the result and thought about the potential benefits of such a recipe with regards to sugar intake, food miles and food self-provisioning.
We take a break from the series on the life expectancy of fruit trees to introduce three topics inspired by a recent trip to Switzerland: fruit trees at various altitudes, fruit trees in expanding cities and fruit trees in museum gardens.
The third part of a series on the life expectancy of fruit trees explores the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden of the Edward James Foundation at West Dean in West Sussex, United Kingdom.
The second part of a series on the life expectancy of fruit trees continues with the planned renewal of the cherry trees at the British National Fruit Collection in Brogdale, United Kingdom.
This is the first part of a series on the life expectancy of fruit trees. We start with a story based on a real life incident, an ageing gardener who uproots trees in his orchard.