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The redcurrants are coming!

I was pretty excited to see that the redcurrants have started the turn pink.

redcurrantsLast year, we had a mega bumper crop of redcurrants. I’m hoping that this year, we will do as well, if not better.

Even as a total novice (and a bit useless) gardener, I’ve got to say that redcurrants are pretty much foolproof. I’m amazed at how well they grow and how little attention they need. Plus, they don’t take up too much room, so perfect if you have a teeny garden.

So, I’m looking forward to harvesting these beauties when they are bright, shiny and red. I’ve planned to make some sorbet, some jam with the ones that don’t get eaten straight away.

Go on, grab a redcurrant bush & give them a go. You’ll love it!

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Attempting the ‘Good Life’

Deep down, somewhere, inside all of us is a provider, a nuturer, a grower… a gardener – at least, this is what I HAVE to believe!

allotmentWhen we relocated back to Sussex, we took on my Grandma & Grandpa’s garden. I say Grandma & Grandpa, but it was most definitely my Uncle Joe’s garden. It was his passion, his life. It was glorious in its prime. So, I feel big big pressure to do it justice.

Now, whilst we have been blessed with huge apple and pear trees that sort themselves out, we also have quite a bit of veg-growing space. I’m a total novice, in fact, I’m worse than that, I am to plants what the black death was to London… let’s just say, I’m not a gifted or natural gardener.

So, we are trying our very very best to make something special. I want to make my Uncle Joe proud. I’ll admit that it was looking a bit old-fashioned, so I’ve mainly been concentrating on making it a bit better looking and useful and then thinking about the plants after that.

To say that the project is a constant development, would be an understatement. I guess, as any garden does, it will evolve, change, move. As such, I’ll keep showing you what we’re doing & then hopefully you’ll think I’m becoming Charlie Dimmock, but WITH a bra on!

So, here, I present you with our raised beds – these now have potatoes, red & white onions, peas, sweetcorn, beets and turnips in them, so, with any luck, you’ll be able to see some of our awful prize-winning produce soon.

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