Jam season has arrived. The back garden has suddenly burst into a forest of fruitfulness and I’m sterilising jars like there’s no tomorrow.
The last of the rhubarb has been jammed, and we’ve had our biggest ever crop of gooseberries (800g from one little bush!) which meant I could make my first proper batch of gooseberry jam this week. (My previous attempt, which I tried to make with a smaller crop of gooseberries two years ago when I was somewhat distracted by the result of the Brexit vote, went slightly awry!)
We managed to salvage a handful of cherries from the tree, but the birds took most of them. We’ve certainly not got enough for jam, but maybe I can throw them into some kind of dessert.
The strawberries have all been eaten and it’s just the blueberries and figs left to look forward to now. They’re ripening up beautifully. We have three small blueberry bushes and always get a good return from two of them.
We only have a small back garden but I’m always so impressed with the amount of fruit we get from it. Ade has crammed in so many fruit bushes and they mostly seem happy. The plum tree struggles a little, and we’re not sure if we’ll have anything from the pear tree – which is still quite young – but on the whole, it’s a fruity little Eden back there.
How are your fruit coming along? Anyone growing anything exciting this year?