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Financial Victory 2013

As you may have noticed, I didn’t post one of these for 2012. It was a shocking year for us in the UK, weather-wise, and despite repeated sewings and nurturings and plantings out, the endless rain caused everything I planted to either rot or be eaten by slugs before any fruit managed to form. We […]

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Sweetcorn

Sow: April/May Harvest: August/September Conditions: Full sun Sweetcorn can be sewn directly into your prepared bed but given the unpredictable British climate, starting off in a propagator or pots would give you a stronger start. When your plants are 2-3 inches tall, plant them out in a well-prepared bed in full sun. Plant every 30cm […]

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Sterilizing jars

Sterilizing your jars or cans is very important to ensure the maximum shelf-life of your preserves. It’s fairly quick and can be done in a multitude of ways, so make sure your jars are prepped and ready. TIP: If bottling hot food, try and time your sterilizing process to end when your food is ready to […]

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Raspberry jam

Simple Raspberry Jam

I have to admit, hearing people talking about jam pans, special thermometers and getting just the right temperature, I was always a bit intimidated by the idea of making jam. This year however, we had such a glut of raspberries that there really wasn’t anything else I could have done with them so I decided […]

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