Winter pruning of blackcurrants

A well managed blackcurrant bush can provide quite a harvest in a year with more than enough to meet the need of the kitchen and very often surplus to freeze for the winter months. If left to their own devices though they get overcrowded, begin to crop poorly and become prone to viral diseases and gall mite. …

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Preserving Chilli Peppers – The Chilli Ristra

This year I've had quite a glut of chilli peppers, not that I'm complaining, I adore chilli peppers! Most years though I've usually eaten them as they ripen and very rarely have to concern myself with preserving (if only the I could say the same about courgettes... I swear there's a courgette fairy who wanders …