The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener!

This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers.

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9 July 2018

Beautiful Blackcurrants

3 years ago, Chris planted a currant (Ribes nigra) bush down in Nutberry Noak. There followed a fallow year when all bindweed was eradicated.  Yesterday, I picked our first ever crop of blackcurrants. This morning, it was a very early start to make jam and beat the heat. From just over 1lb of fruit, I made 3 jars and a little bit which was eaten for breakfast! It has a deliciously piquant flavour is very high in vitamin C and because of its high pectin content, is super easy to make. What's not to love?


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