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No-Cooking, No-Canning Black Currant Jam

In my intermittent effort to make space in my freezers, I was delighted to come upon a bag of black currants yesterday. Just the day before, while pruning my currant bushes, I’d been dazed by the musky fragrance of the wood—the same intoxicating fragrance that wafts from the fruit and leaves of the black currant.* (And perhaps most of all from the buds, for it’s the buds that the French collect for perfume.) And I’d suddenly realized that I’d neglected to make raw black currant jam last summer. 247 more words


Food from the forest

Cold but beautifully sunny, yesterday was volunteer workday at Old Sleningford Farm in North Yorkshire. We love these days for so many reasons. For me, it is the opportunity to be amongst like-minded people and learn useful facts and techniques about growing (in a permaculture context). 164 more words



The soft fruit on the allotment is well organised and ready for the spring.

Raspberries have been planted on a separate plot, in double rows and the paths between the rows lined with a membrane to (try) to stop the weeds from invading. 267 more words