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Preperation for the big day!

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:39

I've been Jammin' all day! Started at 7.30am and just taking my apron off.

After much research, trials and errors, I've mastered (sort of!) most of my entries into the Preserves and Pickles Class for the village show next Saturday. I take pleasure in presenting (left to right);

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe but cutting corners!)

Blackberry Jam (Thane Prince recipe done correctly!)

Raspberry Jam (Dehlia Smith recipe)

Raspberry Jelly (Thane Prince recipe)

Mango and Greengage Jam (made up recipe - quite chuffed!)

Lemon Curd (Thane Prince recipe)

Lemon Curd (Mrs Beeton recipe)

 Tomorrow I'll finish off the Elderberry and Apple jelly, Strawberry jam and grapefruit marmalade. Then it's time to measure my cucumbers!! Can't wait!!

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 20:24

Thanks Pansyface. We feel very lucky indeed to have him. 

Gardeners and their 4 Legged friends

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 18:45

Lovely pictures and stories. This is Mr Sydney who kindly let us adopt him from the Cats Protection League 11 months ago after we lost our beloved Pete the cat.

Mr Sydney is 8 years old and partially sighted and absolutely adorable. Full of character and a huge part of the family.


A shady greenhouse?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 07:57

Mine is in a little shade but it actually works well as i can position plants that need less direct sun in certain areas. I'd say it shouldn't be in complete shade really though, if you want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers etc as they need sun to ripen. 

What isn't always ideal are the leaves that fall on it and bllock the drain going to the water butts. 

Small price to pay though as i love pottering about in the greenhouse! 

Laugh at my carrots

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 20:56

A tip for carrots that someone gave me ages ago and it seems to work; add sand or gritt to the soil. It helps them to grow straight down due to the density of the mix (I think)! works fir me anyhow, although I quite like the comedy ones!


Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:07

Mine too! At least we're not alone!

The proof of the pudding........

Posted: 29/08/2015 at 16:05

Beautiful! Looks like that bee is loving it. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 28/08/2015 at 21:12

After a long day working, I had a lovely pootle around the garden thinking about what to do tomorrow....inbetween practising making lemon curd, short bread and marmalade. Plenty of dead heading to do. Love weekends, especially bank holidays!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 18:47

It's been belting it down for the last four hours! More rain than I've seen in a long time. The guttering is overflowing and its coming down the chimney! Eeeek! At least everything is getting a very good watering!

Strawberry jam recipe

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 21:10

That must have been the most expensive jar of lemon curd ever! So funny! What a good heart you have though to buy a jar back! I bet they loved you!!

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In our thoughts

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Plant ID help please

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Boooo. No more GW until spring.

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Blood moon....

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Main crop spuds

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Freezing runner beans

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Is there much that should be sown now?

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Show Time!

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