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Grrrr homebase violas

Posted: 12/09/2015 at 16:39

I bought a tray of pansies few weeks ago from a garden centre and they have developed bad leaf spot, I've been spraying them with fungicide, I've  thrown one away that's died, think the others will b the same. I've bought quite a few pansies/violas over the years they've never been like this.

When to stop picking rhubarb

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 21:57

Oops, I picked some last month, didn't know u shouldnt pick it. It's only a few years old, so its only just at a decent size, just presumed u pick it as its been growing so fast, but it dies down and feeds itself for next year then, now I know. I'll get some manure for mine, it had better grow as fast early next year!

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 13:48

I also live 20 miles from Manchester and had a bishop of landaff left in garden for a few years, not had very bad winters so prob why it's still alive, still only buds on it tho, I'll give it some soluble plant food today see if it will flower.

Groupon voucher for Wyevale

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 16:58

Yes, not all their garden centres are included.

Groupon voucher for Wyevale

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 14:34

Just letting u know about this offer, people have mentioned offers on here before so its not against the rules, is it. I've just bought one, so a nice trip out soon. Has anyone bought this voucher or will buy it? I've had vouchers from Groupon before, the goods u have to be careful with. What do people think of the these types of vouchers?

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 00:09

Cathy 43, think I briefly saw those plastic type covers in a pack on internet but thought they were just a decorative thing to put over the metal lid, cud do with those as I've got a few jars without lids I cud use and I melted a lid yesterday when I was boiling them, thought it was metal but it was silver coated plastic! Also got an excuse now to have a trip to Lakeland in Bowness and have a look round, tho I don't need an excuse to go to Lake District!

Probably try and preserve some of my apples when they r ready, tho they r a dessert apple, they taste OK when cooked. My raspberry jam is very nice, anyone starting to grow raspberries should give it a try. 

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 17:47

I did have a few empty jars saved, just in case....,  like plastic bags I save just in case....! Used 2 of my yogurt jars but looks like i may b making some more as I've just picked a load more raspberries. I did boil my jars in water prob for 5-10 mins, i was waiting for them to break in the hot water, they'd cooled down by time jam went in, i'll have them hot next time, it was tricky with the piece of parchment paper. I didnt know about the 'pop', I'll read up on preserving, so mine may go mouldy quicker if I didn't put in hot jars, I can only get better. Looked online in The Range, will look in Dunelm, I'll buy a few. Trouble is, gonna be wanting eat crusty bread and jam! Never mind!

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 14:59

Yeah welshonion, thought I'd do that, test it in boiling water, it may well be reading wrong, I make yogurt and that doesn't seem to get to right temperature with it now that I've thought about it, a pointless buy then!

I read in a few recipes to put small amount of butter to take the scum off, it worked and didnt effect taste but probably don't need it then. Been looking on internet for jars in case i make some good enough to give away! Don't know how long it will last without going mouldy, I just put a circle of baking parchment inside, don't know if its supposed to be special paper.

Love it in Wales Welshonion, stayed in a cottage near Conwy recently, went near to south west coast last year, visit Wales few times a year.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 22/07/2015 at 11:42

  Had my jam and toast this am, thanks for the tips, made it yesterday, I cut the sugar down a little, put juice of a lemon in and a small knob of butter at end. My only problem when making it was that I used a thermometer and I read that it should reach 220F but it only seemed to reach just over 200, maybe it's the thermometer, it had been boiling for over 10 mins, I tested it on a cold plate and it was setting, thought it would be set solid this am but its fine, not too sweet.  Now for the rhubarb! 

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 00:09

Didn't know stevia has side effects, not keen on the taste of it anyway, got some in the cupboard, tastes a lot like other artificial sweeteners. So some use lemon juice in raspberry jam.

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Groupon voucher for Wyevale

Pay £12 for £20 voucher 
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Making raspberry jam

Want to make raspberry jam for first time, know some of you make it, can I have bit of advice please? 
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Totally Tangerine

This forums fault, I believe its the very sticky labels! 
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Can I grow more raspberry canes from the seeds from my raspberries?

I have some lovely big autumn fruiting raspberries but need more 
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Last years fuchsias and bizzie lizzies

Whats the best thing to do with last years giant fuschias? 
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Yellowing lawn

Lawn sown last year going very yellow 
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