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Yes the house is on the market and I’ve cut back on my gardening and I’m really not planning on doing any preserving this year. Except the raspberries are doing so well and I just love old-fashioned raspberry jam so I just couldn’t resist. Last week I made a small batch of simple and delicious raspberry jam. The intense raspberry flavor of this jam makes it a long-time favorite. Warming the sugar beforehand keeps the jam boiling evenly and ensures success.

 

I love the recipes that just make a small batch of jam. This raspberry jam only makes 4 cups. Perfect to spread out and enjoy over the course of the year.Raspberry Jam

 

Raspberry Jam

 

Ingredients:

 

4 cups raspberries

4 cups granulated sugar

 

Directions:

 

Place the sugar in an ovenproof shallow pan and warm in a 250-degree oven for 15 minutes. Warm sugar dissolves better which will help the jam to boil evenly and ensure that your raspberry jam is a success.

 

Place the berries in a large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heart, mashing the berries with a potato masher as they heat. Boil hard for one minute, stirring constantly.Raspberry Jam

 

Add the warm sugar, return to a boil and boil until the mixture will form a gel, about 5 minutes.

 

Ladle into sterilized jars and process for ten minutes or as directed in your canning book.Raspberry Jam

 

Makes exactly four cups and the jars of raspberry jam will look so nice on your pantry shelf!Raspberry Jam

 

Are you growing raspberries in your garden? This is a relatively new raspberry bed for us but with all the rain the plants seem to be very happy and are producing a wonderful crop of raspberries this year. I will not be making anymore raspberry jam instead we will just have to enjoy the berries as we pick them!

 

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For many of us, the garden is a relaxing place where we can go to get a little peace and quiet. However… there is such thing as a garden being too quiet.

 

The truth is that a generic garden design, while it may provide classic comforts, can also make the appeal of a yard wear off really quickly. On the other hand, a yard that excites and invites has the power to lure you outdoors to actually enjoy the space more often.

 

That’s why I believe that a yard is a place to play with color and design, to create a bold and irresistible space. Here are 5 easy ideas that will amp up your garden design:

 

High-contrast mulch

 

The difference between a polished landscape and a slapdash affair is often the mulch. With mulch, you can create an amazing contrasting color on the ground, which sets off your foliage to great advantage. Some of the most popular mulches are a mild brown so that they don’t change the look of the yard much. However, choosing a dark brown/black or a vivid reddish color can give your yard more sense of dimension and provide the perfect frame to offset a statement plant that you’ve thoughtfully incorporated into your yard.

 

As an added bonus, using mulch in your yard has numerous significant benefits, offering more nutrition and protection for delicate plants.garden design

 

A statement wall

 

Statement walls are one of the most recent trends in garden design. While there are many ways to decorate your statement wall, the easiest way to make it a showpiece is to cover it with a strong, eye-catching color. After that, you can place potted plants in front of it, hang plants in sconces on it, or add some traditional decorative elements like ironwork or mirrors.

 

Statement walls make a great anchor for your outdoor living space. Simply putting a bench or some outdoor chairs in front of it will make it the main stage of your yard.

 

If an entire wall full of a bold color feels like too much for you, consider using bright colors on yard accessories instead. A bench, some pots, a fountain, or even pavers can have surprise pops of color that will draw the eye. You might even choose to use a section of your fencing as something of a “statement wall” and hang plants on it or install elements below it to make it more decorative. See this article for more ideas.garden design

 

Arbors

 

I love so many things about arbors. For one thing, they give a really classic twist to a yard, hearkening back to days of Italian villas and the gentry taking a turn in the garden. They also offer natural shade. However, the best thing about them design-wise is that they allow you to bring color up above the ground level. Many of our flowers populate the ground, but arbors allow us to put entrancing splashes of red, purple, and yellow up to eye level. Try planting roses or wisteria at the base of your arbor and give the flowers time to climb. If you want less aggressive vines, you might also try out sweet pea or morning glory.garden design

 

Empty space

 

One of the most important elements of design is white space. This means that not every corner has to be full of something. Instead, judicial use of blank spaces makes the words or pictures that you do have more impactful. The same principle can apply for your yard. Not every single space has to be occupied. However, consider the fact that your “blank space” in a yard isn’t going to be blank: it will instead have neutral elements, like mulch, grass, or paving. Use these spaces to best effect by subduing them in response to other features nearby, or including subtle elements that give more texture and contrast to the overall impression.

 

Unique showpiece plants

 

There are some plants that might be considered the divas of the plantae kingdom. They bring their own drama; all you have to do is give them a chance to shine. Here are some ideas:

 

  • Allium: These tall purple globe flowers look like something straight out of Dr. Seuss.
  • Sunflowers: Certain species of sunflowers grow at a ridiculous rate, and dominate a space with their generous yellow blossoms.
  • Firework pennisetum: This decorative grass looks very much like other decorative grasses… except that it’s red! It looks just like its namesake, bursting to life in otherwise dull corners of your yard.
  • Spider mums: These expansive flowers will put the average petunia to shame, bringing interesting shapes and colors to any flower bed where you decide to include them.
  • Bird of Paradise: These plants do best in warm climes, but if you can manage to grow one in your zone, you’ll soon learn where the name comes from.
  • Guest post by: Christine H.

 

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Have you noticed fewer bees in your garden recently? If so, then you’re not the only one. Bee populations of pretty much all kinds are in decline all over the world, and this could spell disaster for the long term health of our planet. This might sound a bit drastic, but when you consider just how important bees are to the pollination of so many plants, trees, fruits and vegetables, it could become an incredibly serious issue.

 

So what is it that’s causing our bees so much hassle? There are a few things really. Habitat destruction, disease and parasites (like the varroa mite) are three common problems, but one of the main causes of declining bee populations has been shown to be a group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short.

 

Neonics are used to treat pests on crops, plants, turf, etc, but they’re also incredibly harmful to bees. The pesticides (of which there are several types) affect every part of the plant, including pollen and nectar, so when a bee comes along to visit, it also becomes effected.

 

And these neonics do not agree with bees at all. They have a dramatic effect on their homing ability, breeding, memory, foraging skills, and more, eventually leading to their death. Some types of neonics have been banned in parts of Europe and the UK, but there are still some types being used, and many countries around the world have no restrictions on them at all.

 

The following infographic from Sun Leisure delves a bit deeper into the issue of neonics, detailing what and why they’re used, how they affect bees, and what some of the alternatives might be. It also looks at just how important bees are to us and the huge effect their extinction would have on the world.

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