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Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 16:59

In 'the old days' the traditional way was to first make your own pectin stock from a fruit high in pectin such as red currants, and this would be added to the ingredients to obtain a set.  Nowadays you can buy it (Certo) or use jam sugar.  Why wouldn't you?

You don't ruib two sticks together to light your stove do you?

Best and traditional jam recipes here also available from Amazon.

First published by His Majesty's Stationery Office in 1929.

How do I find a gardener?!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:35
Tetley wrote (see)

 mine are yorkies....there are some nice dog lovers on here as well as happy helpful gardeners.  I find that people are really pleased to be asked questions about their gardens,  so I would stop and chat to anyone who is doing their lawn, or tidying their beds......especially in villages (like mine)  

Admiring specific plants is often a good way of getting a rooted cutting or two


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 15:23

Hello folks!  Ma returned to The Lovely Home just in time for her lunch - not sure if she'll have room for much after tucking in to the ice cream - and she has a quarter of liquorice allsorts to share with her 'friends' i.e. the carers who help her 'because they like me'.    We walked along the sea front - it was lovely and sunny and lots of families on the beach, but the wind was very strong and the sea was as rough and choppy I've ever seen it in the summer!

We got back just in time to watch Usain Bolt win   Did you hear me shouting???   I shouted at Mo Farrah yesterday too - I always do!   I love watching athletics - son ran 100m for Suffolk Schoolboys for a while, so I 'feel involved'

Now we've had a quick lunch and I feel shattered - think I may nod off on the sofa - give me a shout if the athletics gets exciting

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:28

I'd find room for Berberis darwinii - brilliant refuge for small birds when there are cats and sparrowhawks about and very useful planted near the bird feeding station and great autumn colour.

Yes it's very spikey but it won't harm your dog - he'll keep away from it after the first investigative sniff

Jardin de France buying of there website

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:20

Good luck

How do I find a gardener?!

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:06
Green Magpie wrote (see)
.... Gardeners are a friendly lot (look at this forum - it's one of the kindest, most easy-going places on the web) and are usually happy to help and advise each other.



Moss killer near new lawn/ongoing prevention?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:02

I don't like using Jeyes Fluid in my garden.  It is so harmful to wildlife and strangely enough when diluted it's very attractive to cats and  causes them an horrifically painful death. 

Jardin de France buying of there website

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:52

Jardin de France is a UK based company so there shouldn't be any difficulty contacting them

However, if you're not happy this may be of interest

Hope that's helpful


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:39
JulieH3 wrote (see)
Morning all. Hope you don't mind me joining your chat. We're off to the Eden Project today, ...

Everyone welcome

Big fans of the Eden Project caféteria here!   We had a lovely grilled spiced mackerel dish for lunch last time we were there ...   Funny how food memories stay in my mind ...

seedless grapes

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:25

I've not grown grapes 'on my own' before but there were two vines on the front of the farmhouse where I lived as a child - the knack was picking them when they were sweet but before the blackbird found them ...... we now have grapes for the first time on a Boskoop Glory in our garden, and they're beginning to change colour.  I'll be testing one or two soon ........

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