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by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening blackcurrants
Replies: 5
Views: 90

Re: Ripening blackcurrants

I can't help you with whether they will continue to ripen when picked as I've never tried it but would be interested to know if they do. I would think the problem would be if you keep them warm to ripen they might shrivel up and if you keep them cool they won't ripen very quickly. I've made an effor...
by PLUMPUDDING
Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2018 growing season
Replies: 106
Views: 8534

Re: 2018 growing season

My courgettes are miles behind yours Primrose. You can just see the start of flower buds forming.

My dwarf French beans have also grown tall this year and are tied to canes but the tallest is only 3 ft tall so can't compete with yours Tiger. They are usually neat compact little bushes.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Harvesting Garlic advice needed
Replies: 10
Views: 172

Re: Harvesting Garlic advice needed

Yes just hang them up or lay them out in a dry sunny place until the leaves go crisp and dry. You can plait them into bunches and hang them up to keep until you use them. They are easier to clean when they've dried out. Just rub the loose outer leaves off and cut the root bits off with scissors.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 279
Views: 15353

Re: A view of my garden

The roses are mainly Indian summer with a few Margaret Merrill and the bush roses are Jaques Cartier, Mary Rose and Gertrude Jekyll. The garden smells divine.
by PLUMPUDDING
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: A view of my garden
Replies: 279
Views: 15353

Re: A view of my garden

Some of my favourite roses and the callaloo taking over the greenhouse border.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Harvest begins!
Replies: 20
Views: 334

Re: The Harvest begins!

Ugh. I don't like frothy coffee anyway but wouldn't dream of putting broccoli powder in it or any non savoury food. I thought the idea of eating more fruit and veg. was to get fresh vitamins and minerals and roughage. Wouldn't turning it into powder defeat the object?

People do have odd ideas.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: The Harvest begins!
Replies: 20
Views: 334

Re: The Harvest begins!

I've picked my first strawberries today which highlights how much later we are In Yorkshire than further south. There's a really good crop of large berries but they are very slow to ripen this year.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot
Replies: 16
Views: 112

Re: A Pictorial Trip Around the Plot

It looks great Pa, looks like you've caught up very well. You are doing well to get so many crops planted when your energy is compromised.
I've given some crops a miss this year to make things a bit easier but really need to have a blitz on the weeds in the paths and borders before they go to seed.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 812

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

I'm not suggesting there is less to do just that you can do it at a normal speed. I can remember when I retired that it took a few weeks to stop rushing about and if you don't finish everything one day you can do it the next. A real treat.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 812

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Good luck with your retirement Westi. It's great to be able to do things at a more relaxed pace and not be rushing to fit everything into your time off.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: pics of not so good guys
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: pics of not so good guys

You shouldn't kill any unless you are absolutely sure they harlequins because there are such a lot of varieties of native ladybirds that it would be easy to wrongly identify and kill one of those. In any case if you only see harlequins you might as well let them get on with eating the aphids.
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 812

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

A nice mild pickling mixture is:- 375ml white vinegar (distilled malt or white wine) 1tsp salt 4tbsp caster sugar tbsp chopped dill 1 tsp coriander seeds about 250g cornichons or cucamelons or mini cucumbers 1 fresh grape leaf or oak leaf (to lay on top in the jar for the tannins to keep them crisp)...
by PLUMPUDDING
Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 68
Views: 812

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Wow that's a lot Monika. We had a fairly short thunderstorm with 2.4mm rain but it has wet things nicely and is nearly the total for the whole month. I've spent half the day putting a new met post in and trying to thin out some of the old growth on my Madame Hardy rose that the wind has flattened be...
by PLUMPUDDING
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: pics of not so good guys
Replies: 7
Views: 114

Re: pics of good guys

I've seen a few ladybird larvae this week, one walking across the coffee table and one on the garage door, so they're not making much impression on the greenfly. It's good to see them about though, means there must be some adults even though I've not seen any.
by PLUMPUDDING
Tue Jun 12, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues
Replies: 10
Views: 787

Re: Kitchen Garden Magazine Issues

Sorry we've not answered your question Derek, perhaps we'll be given the correct date by Steve Ott the Editor or someone on his team. I started taking it regularly when they took over the Organic Gardening magazine in the 1990s but can't remember the exact year. I still enjoy reading it each month a...

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