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by Westi
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Co-incidence or a sign?
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Co-incidence or a sign?

I remember a show BBC 2 had on which visited proper plots & not some celebrity's garden & it was great! (If I wasn't decorating I could tell you the name but the CD boxed set is in the garage) & the new computer doesn't even take a disc anyway! From that I realised there were other thing...
by Westi
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Beetroot surprise
Replies: 5
Views: 85

Re: Beetroot surprise

Beetroot was the one crop I missed off my planting plan, I knew there was something missing but couldn't work it out (obviously busy with other stuff), but had the moment of realisation just in time to get a crop hopefully, but to hedge my bets popped a few seeds in lot's of places! Might have an ov...
by Westi
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

I'm amazed that I never ever considered the Netherlands getting the temps you are experiencing Elmigo. I'll hide behind my Aussie heritage to explain this phenomenon & ignorance! Agree with Primrose with a bit of water on the patio but I think maybe at those temps that would just create steam &a...
by Westi
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Changing Recipe Servings
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Re: Changing Recipe Servings

Thanks Stravaig for your honest assessment of the gadget, I will mainly use it as a pressure cooker so it might be just what I want. I have many gadgets as well that will be taking a trip to the recycling centre - except the little cappuccino maker that has the real spout to make a froth, might have...
by Westi
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Co-incidence or a sign?
Replies: 6
Views: 90

Re: Co-incidence or a sign?

Time for the BBC to realise flowers are not the next big thing, but we want a crop of veg! Not Monty's veg with the minions behind, but our struggles growing what we have done for years! We get a crop of something not pretty but tasty! Stop glamming it up; it is hard graft & struggle & blood...
by Westi
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Hello from a newbie

I've spread black currant jam on my toast from an opened jar - 3 years ago! My jars are recycled so it was a lot of jam but it was all I had (coffee jar with a suction lid). It's not about what goes in but prepping the container to be sterile to take the jam or other pickles! I do the oven method, t...
by Westi
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

I can see a hose fight coming on at lottie with the expected temps - not pretty to begin with but finally every one susses the distance from the tap says who's next, not the colour of their hose! I'm confident lessons learnt from 2 out of 3 neighbours will play by the rules & appreciate I have s...
by Westi
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Changing Recipe Servings
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Re: Changing Recipe Servings

Thank you Colin! That size is very storable, the fact I can walk away will be reassuring but obviously I will peek a lot at first! :) I've done a lot of procrastinating about this as pressure cookers terrify me even though my Gran had it in control when she used one, I had stuff on the ceiling on my...
by Westi
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: First time ever growing watermelon
Replies: 18
Views: 686

Re: First time ever growing watermelon

Mine have sulked from the off, but probably my fault - actually all my fault as so excited to have the tunnel I did not prep the soil well, & sacrificed plants growing in that spot just to have a summer harvest & to have something grow & they are close to the edge to climb the frame, so ...
by Westi
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Gem Squash Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Gem Squash Problems

I just use a handful of 6X chicken manure, not the pellets but the flakey ones which I have soaking in a large trug & then dip the watering can in the trug & just fill the 1/2 cut down bottles I place beside every plant. It is quite hard to find the bottles at this time of the year so it is ...
by Westi
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 82
Views: 1461

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs.

It has rained down here all day! I am blessed as we got light drizzle overnight & most of today & phone says until late morning tomorrow. If we had a downfall this precious resource would have been wasted!
by Westi
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Hello from a newbie
Replies: 11
Views: 121

Re: Hello from a newbie

Oh you so much need to PM Elmigo! He has taken patio gardening to a new level & growing all sorts in a tower block patio! Not all successful but he's a try, try & try again sort of guy & learning loads along the way & harvests things that I can't even get to germinate! Just pm him - ...
by Westi
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Changing Recipe Servings
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Re: Changing Recipe Servings

OK Colin you have my interest as you have one! First question how big is the beast - not in pints but size width & depth? How easy is it to programme? Can you override the preset programmes? Does it really let the steam out without me monitoring? I do want one but have been bitten by kitchen app...
by Westi
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Gem Squash Problems
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Gem Squash Problems

I have this happen from time to time! Generally I give them a feed around this time - they are greedy guys & need a top up through the growing season to support the mother plant. I manage to get a crop, but if I was more disciplined I would get a bigger crop for sure!
Welcome the forum campana! x
by Westi
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Changing Recipe Servings
Replies: 13
Views: 989

Re: Changing Recipe Servings

I find I make a lot of soup in summer, using up the not gonna store imperfect veg I have grown - waste not, want not & appreciated in winter. And I'm terrified of pressure cookers so just a saucepan, but keep looking at that all in model that is slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, change ...

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