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by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Composting direct into the soil
Replies: 15
Views: 3464

Composting direct to the soil - other views

You might also be interested in the article below:
http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/todo_now/veg_gard_now.php#bean_trench
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:26 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Malvern Picnic Stuffed Peaches
Replies: 5
Views: 2293

Tigger wrote:I think they'd work with any stoned fruit......


So it sounds like you all DID have a good time at Malvern!

Seriously, I'm really cheesed off to have missed Malvern as I've never been and we had other things on last weekend. Guess that's about the end of the Autumn fairs?
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:23 am
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Dorset Naga Chillies
Replies: 7
Views: 6264

Ok Chantall, lets move quickly on from those photos. "why grow them if I can't eat them?" That's a good point. I still have a large bag of Scotch Bonnett peppers in the freezer that I grew 2 years ago. Half of one in a curry is too much, so I can't see me ever using them all up (except may...
by Garlic_Guy
Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Franchi seeds Butternut Rugosa
Replies: 24
Views: 9586

Gosh, what an unusual variety of Butternut. Sue, these look magnificent (they should last you a while!). Did you do anything clever to get them this size, or is it just the variety that leads to that? Can you also say how many plants you had to get the crop your photo shows? Finally, in my limited e...
by Garlic_Guy
Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:49 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight
Replies: 16
Views: 5824

Next year climbing beans will be growing on top of them. What will happen to the soil if the blight had just arrived on them before doing this and I hadn't realised? JB and others can probably give definitive advice on this, but I think the view is that blight spores are already all around us. Whil...
by Garlic_Guy
Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Blight
Replies: 16
Views: 5824

Yes, my outdoor toms have had blight for the last week.
by Garlic_Guy
Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What is your very, very favourite book ?
Replies: 35
Views: 6877

Non fiction would have to be Bono on Bono by Mishka something (can't spell his surname) A facsinating insight into an extremely intelligent, complex, creative man. Hi Lizzie, d'ya know, after seeing your recommendation I got this from Amazon. It's taking me a while to get through it (not the book's...
by Garlic_Guy
Thu Sep 21, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: which is the sweetest/best tasting,variety of tomato ?
Replies: 9
Views: 3593

I second Chantal's recommendation. I love the taste of Sungold - I find it makes other tomatoes seem a bit bland and flabby by comparison. I also like the different colour - nice to have a bit of variety. Lastly, I never seem to have any trouble getting it to grow and produce a good steady volume of...
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:24 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening Outdoor tomatoes
Replies: 8
Views: 5207

Re: Ripening tomatoes

I always thought that blight was an air borne disease which mostly happened in really wet weather but perhaps I'm wrong? I think you're right. The cause & resulting disease is in the same family as potato blight. Being fungal, it likes both wet and warmth. Strangley, I'd say that I got less bli...
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Anything you won't grow next year ?
Replies: 53
Views: 14491

Re: re. Swiss Chard

If there is one crop that can be grown to cut at all times of the year it is swiss Chard. Is there still time to plant it now? I'm trying to have as little as possible ground covered in plastic this Winter. Up until now, I've beens sowing Spring Cabbage, Spinach, Mizuna etc, and garlic soon. The re...
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:07 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Anything you won't grow next year ?
Replies: 53
Views: 14491

Eaten at 4" high you simply pull and nip the roots off, wash and steam whole. As you may have gathered I really love Swiss Chard and I appeal to you to try just one more year 'cos to me it is very special. JB. Hi JB, I've never eaten Chard. How would you compare the taste & texture of the ...
by Garlic_Guy
Tue Sep 19, 2006 2:03 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: sweet dumpling squashes
Replies: 3
Views: 1964

Well done, I think I like SD as much as any squash I've tried.

They also seem very convenient & easy for cooking. I've not tried many methods, but a quick spike to release steam then 5 minutes in the microwave seems to give an instant veg.
by Garlic_Guy
Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:58 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Ripening Outdoor tomatoes
Replies: 8
Views: 5207

I've had some Pantino (Italian Beefsteak) and Alicante outside this year. Many of them have ripened already, but I picked the last fruit down the allotment this morning, because all the plants have got signs of blight. Mind you, they've done well to produce as much as they have before succumbing. I'...
by Garlic_Guy
Sun Sep 17, 2006 7:48 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Anything you won't grow next year ?
Replies: 53
Views: 14491

> I wouldn't mind so much if everything else had done so well this year. Some varieties have failed to produce a single fruit. I can sympathise. This is the first year in 3 that my Butternut's have actually produced much. However I changed tack this year by digging in a bucket of rotted manure bene...
by Garlic_Guy
Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:55 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Anything you won't grow next year ?
Replies: 53
Views: 14491

Patty Pan wine?

However, there's still another 10 in the kitchen and about 50 more at the plot. Believe it or not, I made wine from Mangel Worzels and it was absolutely delicious (had hints of Sauternes, but without the cost!). Alternatively, Patty Pan Brandy? Or maybe chickens fed on Patty Pan.......no, maybe you...

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