Blackcurrant Jam

The weather continues to be beautiful (probably a little too hot for some) and the allotment is pumping out bumper crops of soft fruit. I've really got into jam-making recently so I thought I'd post this easy peasy blackcurrant jam recipe. I've used blackcurrant 'Big Ben' for my jams, but you can use any variety that you wish. … Continue reading Blackcurrant Jam

Allotment Shed Makeover

Choosing to ignore mixed and confusing weather reports (along with a threatening sky on and off since the weekend), I decided to give our allotment shed a much-needed lick of paint. If you already follow me on Pinterest you will notice I have a 'thing' for blue sheds. Naturally, blue was the colour I had in mind, although … Continue reading Allotment Shed Makeover

Blackcurrant Scent

Is it just me or am I the only one who finds the scent of blackcurrant foliage irresistible? It's an unusual smell and probably not to everyone's liking but I just adore it. Now that my blackcurrant bush is bursting into life with fresh zesty leaf bud, I'm finding the urge to smell it difficult to resist. In fact, … Continue reading Blackcurrant Scent

Planting and Pruning my Blackcurrant Bush

Last summer I purchased my very first blackcurrant bush, a variety called Big Ben. As the name suggests the berries are huge! Big Ben is a good blackcurrant for eating fresh from the bush and it's resistant to powdery mildew and leaf spot. It was fruiting at the time of purchase, producing lots of strigs but I wasn't entirely … Continue reading Planting and Pruning my Blackcurrant Bush