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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.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 20:19

I sometimes wonder if I put a question on here that I may not get any replies, dont think I need worry too much about that, thanks a lot everyone. I can sometimes spend ages looking things up on the internet as people have different ideas, at least if there's diff ideas on here they r all in one place.

So different opinions about reducing amount of sugar. I'll only be having a small amount, if edible, on toast in morning, i'm always trying to lose a bit of weight. If anyone has success with using stevia in their jam will u let me know please.

I've quickly read that article Dove, good article, think it says sugar can be reduced from 1kg to 750mg for 1kg of fruit. I'll have another read later. Babara, u said u reduce the amount of sugar, is that how much u'd reduce it by? I'll try and get jam sugar tomorrow, I'll let u know how I get on.

Making raspberry jam

Posted: 20/07/2015 at 16:16

Ive looked back on some threads, know lot of you grow raspberries and make jam so can u give me a few tips please? None of my friends make it. I need to use up all these raspberries as I don't want to freeze any more. I've looked on internet and some recipes say to use caster sugar and some say to use jam making sugar, which do u use? which is the best for raspberry jam? R will either of them be just as good? Think I'm OK to use an enamelled cast iron pan, it says not to use aluminium, I've got a thermometer I use to make yogurt, and some jars, so all I need is the sugar. 

Just found out from an old thread that I can freeze rhubarb without cooking it, it keeps growing and growing new stalks. I'd make sum muffins etc but OH has gone gluten free and I darent eat a load of muffins!

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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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