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  1. Preserving the crop

    by , 14-09-2010 at 08:49 PM
    The bad weather is preventing me from doing a thing towards transforming the garden , so i've been busy in the kitchen again.
    Today i made apple & blackberry jam, it's the first time me or the OH have made jam so pretty impressed when it turned out right & set perfectly first time
    What made me really happy tho is that other then the 1.50 for the sugar the jam was totally free. Blackberries picked from the garden & local countryside. Apples kindly donated from the family ...
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  2. Thr fruits of my (not much) labours

    by , 09-09-2010 at 06:57 AM
    After knackering my knees doing too much running, i've opted for a nice quiet day making homemade goodies. Todays makes will be:
    1. Horse chesnut tincture, to be made into a gel in a months time. Great for varicose veins, spider veins, tired swollen legs after flying/standing too long

    2. Hot Hedgerow Chutney, recipe from the forum. Making now to give a xmas pressies to the foodies in my family

    3. Snickerdoodles, again recipe from the forum. Cause they sound yummy, ...
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  3. Another windy night ....

    by , 06-09-2010 at 09:02 PM
    ... but what a difference. Most of my sweetcorn have now been harvested and enjoyed and now only a handful of plants (9 to be precise) remain amongst the pumpkins and winter squash plants. As most of these are vertically challenged, I'm hoping they will survive until their cobs are ready for harvest.

    After a slow and worrying start, my pumpkin plants (technically they belong to my girls but as I'm looking after them I think of them as mine ) have now got 7 more pumpkins ...
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  4. And still more brambles

    by , 04-09-2010 at 08:05 PM
    Hallelujah for the good weather yet again i've been tackling those brambles and i'm glad to say i can finally walk from one end of the garden to the other without a machete . The added bonus being that i now have 2kg of blackberries in the deep freeze, 3kg of rosehips and my lovely neighbour gave me 1kg of windfall apples so yum yum hedgerow chutney & jam on it's way.

    Now that i can actually see the garden i've realised how big it really is & i am a liittle overwhelmed ...
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  5. September

    by , 02-09-2010 at 10:04 PM
    An update on our second summer of gyo.....
    I'm actually pretty pleased at how things have gone after a bit of a rocky start to the year. Runner beans are now flowering after being decimated umpteen times but whether we actually get some remains to be seen, french beans have sort of climbed and have had some strange goings on with the leaves but we've been getting a reasonable crop off them. Mange tout once they decided to germinate were good and cropped well. Courgettes put up a lot of leaves ...
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