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by sprout
Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:32 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Growing Carrots
Replies: 30
Views: 9897

Allan and Johnboy you're both experienced and knowledgeable people, and I've benefited from the advice you've given me in the past, so thank you (and to Tigger, Chantal and oldherbeceous too!). I'm so sorry you disagree with each other in these terms in the public forum. Newbies like me are looking ...
by sprout
Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:31 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Our big plans
Replies: 5
Views: 2477

Make a hot box and grow spuds?
On Boxing Day, put loads of fresh horse manure into a biiiig box, cover with 8" or so of compost, wait a week, plant spuds, cover with a polythene cloche. You should get new potatoes on Easter Day :D
by sprout
Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:29 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Asparagus..........
Replies: 5
Views: 1788

I've been very pleased with asparagus from Franchi Seeds of Italy s'fleur, I got three types when they were on special offer and they have come up nicely. You can plant in Autumn or Spring, when the soil is warmish - you might just get away with it now, if you cover the planting area with a nice thi...
by sprout
Fri Oct 20, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Saving beans to sow next year....
Replies: 9
Views: 2634

when you say 'pull up the whole plant' ... I cut beans and peas off at ground level to leave the nitrogen-fixing roots in the soil for the next crop. Am I alone? :cry: :shock:
by sprout
Mon Oct 02, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Passata Machine
Replies: 11
Views: 8093

Hi mitmot, I pressure cook my toms very briefly - just comes to pressure - then let the pressure drop. The liquid which has come out can be boiled vigorously without sticking to the pan, and the cooked toms get squished more effectively imo. We normally put them through four times. Hey, it the machi...
by sprout
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:32 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Passata
Replies: 21
Views: 8694

Proof of the pudding - different passata from different tomatoes. I made the mistake of thinking the beefsteak toms would be as good as San Marzano. Not next year! :shock: :lol:

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by sprout
Sun Oct 01, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Seakale
Replies: 4
Views: 1640

Hi amo, try the RHS plant finder?

http://www.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/pl ... nus=Crambe

good luck :D
by sprout
Mon Sep 18, 2006 1:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Delicate topic
Replies: 10
Views: 2248

Well, they still do it in China and probably elsewhere! My dad used to use dried sludge. I think there is a question about mercury content of modern poo - if it's your own recycled veg rather than other peoples' McFlurries, it should be good for the garden :roll:
by sprout
Mon Sep 18, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Another ID prob
Replies: 2
Views: 1993

Mirabelles! Snaffle them! :D
by sprout
Sat Sep 16, 2006 1:40 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Green Tomato Relish
Replies: 2
Views: 2012

I don't believe it's not MANGO!

We make mango chutney from our green tomatoes every year. This one is hot, sweet/sour, smooth and fruity. If you enjoy mango chutney and have plenty of green tomatoes, worth a go? Black Mango Chutney (with Green Tomatoes) 3 kg green tomatoes 8 oz (250g) dried dates 8 oz (250g) raisins Just under 1 p...
by sprout
Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:00 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Stuttgart Onions
Replies: 6
Views: 3892

Hi rbc, sorry not to have replied before - hope you read this before composting! Stuttgart Giant WILL overwinter, I'm setting mine now - if your sets are good, pop them in this month :D
by sprout
Tue Sep 12, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Seaweed as manure
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Great for every fruiting plant, also asparagus and cabbage - just pile it on, it will disappear into the soil :D
by sprout
Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Plum Chutney
Replies: 2
Views: 2174

Just wondered Chantal, do you put the lil wax discs on top of your chutters or not? :roll:
by sprout
Fri Sep 08, 2006 6:54 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Raised beds
Replies: 6
Views: 1874

Great advice sue 8)
If you can get a copy of 'The Half-Hour Allotment' it's full of good stuff about what to prioritise to minimise time on the plot. Sadly not much about mulching, but if you combine the two approaches you'll be able to do a pincers movement :shock: :D
by sprout
Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:27 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Any other way for Green Toms?
Replies: 7
Views: 3860

'Mango' Chutney

Just remembered another recipe skip - complicated, but worth it if you have industrial quantities of green toms :shock: I'll be doing this one in October, my first year growing toms outdoors so plenty of surplus here too :lol: From a very old recipe book that first got me interested in Indian food a...

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