This season I was determined to improve my tomato growing skills after the somewhat chaotic last season. I bashed 6ft stakes in the ground even before I planted my seedlings. I tended my tomatoes regularly, selecting one strong leader and tying it to the stake as it grew, nipping out the side stems. Keep reading
During our first autumn here we had a great crop of oranges from an old tree…and I had no idea what to do with them all. Juicing seemed a bit frivolous, I wanted to make them last somehow. I hadn’t made preserves before but I had lovely memories of my mum bottling peaches and tomatoes when I was a kid. So I decided to have a go at making marmalade. Keep reading
I have three little redcurrant bushes, planted last winter. It’s exciting to see the shiny red berries ripen for the second year and, while tempted to just snack on them, I wanted to find a way to make the short season and small harvest last a bit longer. So I made redcurrant jelly. One jar of jelly.