Sunnyside Vines

 

I have about 45 vines on my allotment. They are a mix of two varieties, Madelaine Angevine and Muller-Thurgau, both found to be successful in this country. I believe they are crosses of varieties used in Germany, where the climate is similar to ours. The vines are now in their fourth year and starting to get established. I am letting them produce some grapes for the first time this year, which may, just be enough for a couple of bottles of wine. (Whether it is drinkable or not is another matter). The vines are the result of my second attempt at a ‘mini vineyard’. The first try was a disaster; I bought vines grafted onto rootstock and despite my best efforts they all died. ‘Take 2’ was a much cheaper option using cuttings from the Frithsden vineyard, run by Mr and Mrs Latchford. They very generously gave me a tour, advice and all the cutting I could manage. Ted’s Timber yard furnished the support posts. I have one other vine at the top of my adjoining allotment, which was a cutting from one of my first vines that I planted just over 15 years ago, in the back garden of 2 Ravens Lane. One of them is still there!

 

by David Thomas

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Christmas Drinks

Sun 19th December 2018

 

AGM

Sat 19th January 2019

 

Latest News

Open Day 2018

Pruning fruit trees

The Society has arranged two dates when a trained horticulturalist will talk about the theory and practice of pruning. There will be a demonstration and the opportunity to ask questions. The dates are: Saturday 10th February 14.00 hrs and Friday 16th February 14.00 hrs Both to be held the at tea hut Sunnyside Old B15.

AGM 20 January 2018

At Sunnyside Rural Trust building on SSO at 10.30 am. Please come along to support the society and to pay this year's subs which are £4.00. You can download the agenda and 2016 minutes by clicking on this link. Please print them out and bring along to the meeting.

 

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