Its been a couple of weeks since i have taken a look at the watermelons i planted down the back. Looks like we have 4 at the moment and they are doing well.
Most things are having a hard time with the summer heat, but the corn is going great guns. I spaced the plants a little farther apart this time and offset them. Next time I am thinking of running a single row along the back of each bed as some of the ones at the back have not gown as fully as others, I am thinking its because they are being shaded slightly. We’ll see, its a work in progress.
We received a really nice package in the mail yesterday. Friends of my daughter who lives in far north queensland grow and dry their own pepper. So they sent us down a small packet to try. LOL small packet my arse, they sent down close to 500 grams, there is enough pepper in this vacuum pack to last us 2 years at least and then some.
Its summer time here and as most of our garden is on the western side of the house, its going to get hammered with the summer heat. We are not expecting things to go all that well, but we planted some corn, beans, beatroot and tomatoes. If we can get things established before we get the next heat wave things should be fine.
So today i racked the raspberry wine off the lees and added some sweetness back into the wine. 25 grams of stevia was added, and after tasting i felt it still needed some sweetness, but the wife thought that it was just right. We agreed to leave it bulk age for a month or so then taste again and see what we think before bottling.
The pictures do not do justice to how clear and how pretty it looks. I added a back light to this shot and you can sort of get an idea of how it will look in a glass. Its a nice reddish pink with plenty of raspberry flavour. Will bottle it in a month and drink it at Christmas. I think it will go down a treat cold over ice on a hot summers day. Very refreshing. Looking forward to this one.
So in the demijohns we currently have from left to right, apple cider that is fermenting like a champion, raspberry wine that needs to be racked again to a clean demi and finally, today’s effort, what will end up being a grape cider. Its 5L of comercial grape juice that I intend to make very fizzy and kind of sweet.