philippa smith2

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What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 20:57

Obelix.........your's is the first recipe I've come across for Blackcurrant Jelly.  I was sure it must exist but couldn;t find it.

Thank you


Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:52

If the garden was well maintained the best thing you can do is to sit back for 12 months and see what is there.

Keep on top of the obvious weeds, pruning, etc. but don't just go digging stuff up until you are sure what has actually been planted.

Long time to wait I know but if the former owners were gardeners, it will pay you to wait and watch

Daily wildlife moments

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:40

They are certainly doing well Ecokid..........I have a feeling that we have pinched them from our NDN's as she says she hasn't seen them recently

You're right.....they lift your life a little don't they ?

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 19:21

Bag them separately and freeze........that gives you several months thinking time

Alternatively, look for a PYO site near to you.  I've just picked Red currants from my garden, my neighbour's garden and topped them off with a PYO place.  Now got 6 Kg to make Redcurrant jelly.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:52

Thanks Verdun.....I'm struggling with my new Tawny King at the moment.Garden is bone dry and the perimeter trees are sucking every available bit of moisture.

I might well pick your brains re the Pokers later on if that's ok

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:42 sound just like know it but will the word/name come ?  Will it heck

I first saw the Pokeweed at a NT garden where I worked as a volunteer.  The berries were such a stupendous colour it stuck in my mind.  Years later, it suddenly appeared by my pond in France.  I actually got these seeds from Nutcutlet .....never thought to bring the French jobs with me

A Strawberry huller RB ?  My strawbs never get far from the plants before they miraculously disappear - never did find out who ate them

What is this plant please

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:48

I think I might by with Tetley on this one..........I'm plucking them out every other day

There IS always an upside tho..........if you have chickens, they do seem to like it

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:43

Joyce 21.......the blue flowered pond plant is Pontederia ( Pickerel weed).  Dies down in winter.

Verdun..........looks like you have 2 kinds of Kniphofia......which ones please ?  Lovely pics of your garden

Painting a bird bath

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:32

I think you need to say what the bath is.......plastic, concrete, stone, metal ?.......before anyone could advise the correct paint to use

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:28

Oh hang on........just looked at No. 2 again.......they are surely headphones for Mr. Spock.....pointy ears and all that.

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