Early July is when our allotment fruit cage is at its best-absolutely crammed with currants and berries. We harvested a few types two weeks ago, then last week collected even more. We have an abundance of blackcurrants and whitecurrants, and a couple of redcurrant bushes as well as a gooseberry (ouch!) and some rogue raspberry…… Continue reading Jam packed
This afternoon, I decided to use up some raspberries by making a batch of jam. Everywhere I looked, it said raspberry jam was ideal for the amatuer jam maker as sets quickly and is really easy. Perfect! Following my last jam making episode, where I failed to make it pass the wrinkle test after 2…… Continue reading Chewable Jam
The allotment has all of a sudden produced a glut of ripe berries, and they are only just beginning. In the last week we have harvested 3kg of raspberries and redcurrants, half of which we picked this morning as yesterday’s sunshine did a super job of ripening them up. We now have a technique for…… Continue reading Bursting with berries!
Last week, we were given permission to begin working on the new allotment and start moving our old allotment things over to it. (Luckily it it almost opposite the current plot so moving isn’t too bad!) Mr C is on his big chunk of days off work, and the children and I are on half…… Continue reading Project New Allotment
This is such a busy time on the allotment, so many things changing really quickly and so many jobs to do! We’ve had a few days there this month as well as growing plants at home, and the chickens now live there too! Last Sunday we moved them, and noticed one wasn’t looking too well.…… Continue reading A Potential Pear (And Other Allotment Tales)
It’s all go at the moment on the allotment and at home; since I finished work for Easter planting has begun in earnest. Prior to that, the only planting had been 5 rows of potatoes on Mother’s Day. Last Friday, the children and I got ourselves set up with a planting production line. For a…… Continue reading Ready, Steady, Grow!