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by Pawty
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Happy Birthday.
Replies: 12
Views: 1447

Re: Happy Birthday.

Thanks everyone! It was a significant one this year so Mr Pawty spoiled me including flights to chile (I'll be on the hunt for unusual veg seeds as always!) Sorry, I've been off line for a while. Just catching up with things - including getting the lotty ready for winter, but still enjoying lots of ...
by Pawty
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs - 2017
Replies: 124
Views: 11998

Re: Early Autumn Bits and Bobs - 2017

Hi,

The allotments had to take second place this week for a very early harvest.

Pawty
by Pawty
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8735

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

The end product and I still have literally hundreds left!
by Pawty
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8735

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Ha, yes Westi! Not from the vineyard - mr Pawty's tipple of the week. 2017 harvest is this weekend - I can feel my back hurting already!
by Pawty
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8735

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Hi, I use a Nigella recipe. 150 g chillies I50 g red pepper 1 kg jam sugar 600 ml cider vinegar. Deseed chillies and peppers ( although I substitute the pepper for home grown mild chillies or picanti ) and chop finely (or blitz in the food processor), dissolve the sugar in the vinegar. Heat. Add chi...
by Pawty
Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:07 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Chilli and Sweet Pepper
Replies: 66
Views: 8735

Re: Chilli and Sweet Pepper

Jeff, Onc you start growing them, you'll be hooked. I start mine off in February. This year I put some (when warm enough) in raised beds at the lotty, kept some in pots in the bedroom window, and some in pots on the patio. All have done well. This is what I picked at the wekkend. I would say I have ...
by Pawty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Saving chilli seeds?
Replies: 17
Views: 3350

Re: Saving chilli seeds?

Hi, I grew some of my saved picanti chillies, along with a few seed from a packet I saved. The ones from the packet germinated well, produced large plants and good size fruit which we have been harvested for a while (used as an alternative to peppers). The seed from the saved chillies resulted in ge...
by Pawty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Popcorn?
Replies: 3
Views: 1676

Popcorn?

Hi, So, after all the struggles with growing corn this year - from poor germination, poor growing and then mice getting half my crop, we've finally harvested a few and they were delicious. I'm left with a few slightly tatty ones that I will do something with. Maybe spicy sweetcorn relish. But it got...
by Pawty
Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mammoth marrow competition
Replies: 26
Views: 2907

Re: Mammoth marrow competition

Good luck everyone!

I didn't join in as I didn't have any of the long bush seeds (i did try and get some from kg .... but no luck). Maybe next year.

Pawty
by Pawty
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: DOOMED I tell you, they are all DOOMED
Replies: 20
Views: 4058

Re: DOOMED I tell you, they are all DOOMED

Hi, You're not alone. I spent yesterday removing all of my plants at the allotment. I noticed it on one plant, a few days later all got it - in both parts of the allotment. It was brutal. It took hold so quickly. Luckily I have some supurbs and tigerilla in the back garden which are not affected. So...
by Pawty
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 18635

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

Hi, Utterly fed up with this weather...... in between down poors theres been just about enough time to gather in courgettes, beans and lift some potatoes. Picking any tomato that's showing any sign of colour. Weeding just isn't happening. But, when I was there last I noticed the dreaded blight on th...
by Pawty
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:45 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 18635

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

Hi,

The squashes planted around and then over the manure heap are going well - had a peek through the greenery and this is what I found.

Pawty
by Pawty
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.
Replies: 185
Views: 18635

Re: Mid Summer Bits and Bobs - 2017.

For the first time this year I dedicated a small area of the plot to flowers for our pollinators. I grew these from seed (zinnia whirlygig mixed) and am amazed at the different colours and petals you get from the same pack. Bees absolutely love them!

Pawty
by Pawty
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Beef Steak tomatoes splitting.
Replies: 6
Views: 1770

Re: Beef Steak tomatoes splitting.

Hi Westi, I have the same problem - also with the tigerella's. Mine are outside. I think it's due to the amount of rain in the last couple of weeks. As the rain doesn't look set to stop I'm taking them off the plant as soon as there is a hint of colour and ripening them off in the kitchen window. Th...
by Pawty
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Dealing with glut of cucumbers
Replies: 10
Views: 2323

Re: Dealing with glut of cucumbers

Hi, First year ever have I have been successful with cucumbers - even giving them away! With still 12 in the fridge, loads on the plant and I side salad every night (yes even with the roast) are there any more ideas? I'd quite like to pickle some but previous attempt have been rubbish - I never mana...

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