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Mulberry jam from homemade pectin

Radek Štěpán 14. 09. 2023

Mulberries have a very low pectin content. That means they will not thicken or in other words, they will not turn into jam easily. If you add a commercial pectin, you would also need to add a huge amount of…

African violets

African violets – how to help them bloom more

Radek Štěpán 13. 09. 2023

Well, all you need is just a few clever tricks. This nice plant comes from East Africa and it has been loved by millions over more than hundred years, mainly thanks to a gentleman called Baron von Saint Paul who…


Lovage is not only a soup spice, but it is also a plant of love!

Radek Štěpán 12. 09. 2023

It grows in almost every garden in Europe and we all know how to use it but today we may surprise you and you may learn some interesting facts about lovage. Lovage is a very popular spice. It offers anintense…


How to store fruits and vegetables properly so they last as long as possible.

Radek Štěpán 11. 09. 2023

We all know that we cannot use all fruits from our garden right away. For example, we all store apples and pears in boxes under the best possible conditions to make sure that these goodies last. But we also store…

Dried apples

How to dry apples in an oven properly

Radek Štěpán 10. 09. 2023

Dried apples are a great but also healthy. We all know that. They are high in fibre, contain no fat or gluten, and of course there is no added sugar or other preservatives. To ensure that you have the best…

Sea buckthorn berries

When to collect sea buckthorn berries

Radek Štěpán 09. 09. 2023

Do you have a sea buckthorn shrub in your garden? If you do, you know that sea buckthorn is a great plant to have. Well, if you do not agree, we shall convince you that it really is. Sea buckthorn…


How can you tell that prunes are ripe and when to harvest

Radek Štěpán 08. 09. 2023

So, you cannot wait to taste a great plum brandy or plum cake, right? Or do you just like eating fresh plums right from the tree? Whatever your preference is, you need to be able to tell for sure when…


Become a watermelon expert able to tell the level of ripeness…

Radek Štěpán 07. 09. 2023

A great juicy watermelon is a wonderful and healthy treat, but first you have to grow one, or better yet buy one. To tell you the truth, even experienced growers do not have a100% reliable method that would help them…


A mistake that almost everyone makes when growing avocado

Radek Štěpán 06. 09. 2023

Everyone knows the round stones of Persea americana, commonly known as avocado, but almost no one uses them… Here is an idea. Do you want to grow an interesting houseplant? Well, if you do, do not remove avocado stones from…

Currant bushes

Gooseberry and currant bushes – pruning after harvest

Radek Štěpán 05. 09. 2023

If you want a great harvest of gooseberries or currants, you need to care properly for you fruit-bearing bushes. If you do, you will enjoy plentiful harvest (maybe even more plentiful than the previous year…). Pruning makes fruit bushes less…