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by retropants
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:42 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Hello from a newbie

I also do the oven method for pickles etc. I dishwasher the jars, then heat them at 100 Deg C for at least 30 minutes, then add the hot pickle/chutney/jam and seal. Then (not for the jam) I pop them in a deep tray of water back in the oven for another 30 mins at 100. I have chutney that is several y...
by retropants
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

we are still waiting to have the aircon connected at work, it was already 30 degrees in the office when I arrived this morning!!!
by retropants
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Hello from a newbie

welcome to the forum!
by retropants
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Changing Recipe Servings
Replies: 13
Views: 988

Re: Changing Recipe Servings

I have a new generation pressure cooker and I love it! There's a very good website: http://www.hippressurecooking.com with a lot of resources: recipes, reviews on all the different cookers, including the electronic ones. I use a stovetop, Kuhn Rikon, and it is fabulous. My only previous experience o...
by retropants
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:28 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 6
Views: 53

Re: Happy Birthday.

have a great birthday pp.
by retropants
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

My mum has had to completely fence off her rose bed at the new house, as deer get in and they eat the leaves & the buds, which are a particular favourite of theirs. 4foot chicken wire doesn't look pretty, but you get used to it fairly quickly.
by retropants
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

I'm growing it in a bucket sitting in an old washing up bowl, up a piece of string. As I said, Steptoe style!
by retropants
Tue Jul 16, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

:)
by retropants
Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

Ta-da!
by retropants
Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

yes, my mum has also discovered that a little bit of kale goes a long way!!
by retropants
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

thanks so much! after 27 years of growing veg, I didn't think I could still be this proud! I'll get a pic of what's left, only made 2 rounds of sandwiches with it so far.
by retropants
Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Growing places
Topic: 2019 begins
Replies: 60
Views: 4330

Re: 2019 begins

I'm over the moon! I picked a 36cm perfectly straight & blemish free cucumber from my greenhouse at home! Grown steptoe-style, I didn't hold out much hope, but it is quite spectacular! This is my first harvest (apart from strawberries) after we gave up the allotment.
by retropants
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

There appears to be no end to the mischief caused by the garden vandals (aka foxes). They are now eating the blackberries straight off the plant, climing onto the wheelbarrow to do so. I will move the wheelbarrow later, but should I be worried about my tomatoes? they are growing fast, and it won't b...
by retropants
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Overkill tomato plant?
Replies: 6
Views: 188

Re: Overkill tomato plant?

I would bandage it with jute twine. I accidentally tore a growing tip on one of mine a few years ago, but only part way through. I bandaged it with string, and it kept growing for the est of the season.
by retropants
Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:49 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Wildlife photographs
Replies: 216
Views: 21789

Re: Wildlife photographs

absolutely marvellous! thankyou for sharing

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