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by Breq
Thu Jul 30, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Pickled Gherkin Recipe
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: Pickled Gherkin Recipe

Good luck! :)
by Breq
Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Comfrey
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Comfrey

You need to be careful that you grow a sterile comfrey like Bocking 13 - it does not produce seeds and so does not spread itself everywhere; It is only propagated by cuttings. If you grow comfrey from seed, it will reseed itself and be everywhere. Find someone with some Bocking, and they can put a c...
by Breq
Mon Jul 27, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Pickled Gherkin Recipe
Replies: 5
Views: 49

Re: Pickled Gherkin Recipe

Hi Arnie! I really don't like vinegary things at all but I have done a sweet sliced refrigerator pickles with my gherkins - very easy. Recipe was in a Waitrose magazine some years ago. Slice the gherkins into 1cm slices, sprinkle with coarse salt and leave in fridge for 12 hours. Put 200ml cider vin...
by Breq
Sun Jul 19, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Strawberry Varieties?
Replies: 7
Views: 92

Re: Strawberry Varieties?

I really love Mara de Bois. A true starwberry taste, does not make oversized mutants, just proper strawberry sized fruits. It is an everbearing so you get little and often and few/no runners. I will always grow these!! I eat them out of hand or freeze them to make into jams (C Ferber recipe). I was ...
by Breq
Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Lupin seeds and goldfinches
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

Ooh, your are well trained. Mine like the lavender hedge but I've not seen them tidy up the dandelions yet!
by Breq
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Lupin seeds and goldfinches
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

I can vouch for that tigerburnie! My seed bill for niger seed says it all...
by Breq
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3945

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Gotta love a chart, Geoff!
by Breq
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Bread flour
Replies: 19
Views: 1019

Re: Bread flour

Most flour and yeast is packaged for commercial (bakery) use, as they use the bulk of supplies- that is why no real bread shortage (just sparadic over-purchasing by consumers). The (dometic) shortage was a perfect storm. Flour in smaller bags was selling at extremely high volumes (they package it we...
by Breq
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Lupin seeds and goldfinches
Replies: 6
Views: 156

Re: Lupin seeds and goldfinches

There is an edible version of sweet lupin (RealSeeds has them) but the flowering ones we all love, are not for human consumption. I have never seen the goldfiches eat them either (and we have so many of them!). I just put my deadheaded tops in the compost, no problems after all these years. Same thi...
by Breq
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:23 am
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Toilet roll tubes
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Toilet roll tubes

Interesting Geoff, mine must be pre-sell-out. They are old but I take good care of them. I did see some in the last year or so and thought the material did look a lot thinner than mine. Shame. A great idea let down by the cost savings of using flimsy materials.
by Breq
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Toilet roll tubes
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Toilet roll tubes

It must be brand-related as my loo roll tubes are not white inside. So it must just depend - good spotting! I collect them in a basket and outside of sowing season they are torn up and added to the compost bin. I guess I don’t use enough paper towels to try cutting them down for use! :D I use them e...
by Breq
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: Quality compost?
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Quality compost?

Humax is peat-based, and I do not use peat products. For a soil improver, I would go for Dalefoot Double Strength. It is too strong to use neat in pots: They have other products for seeds, potting, etc. I got a good deal, believe it or not, from a Sarah Raven a few pennies cheaper and I had a free s...
by Breq
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What I learned about strawberries...
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: What I learned about strawberries...

I do love these plant developers and their name You'll have to give us your taste test results!
by Breq
Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What I learned about strawberries...
Replies: 18
Views: 561

Re: What I learned about strawberries...

I just harvested some Framberries last night (a type of strawberry: curious? look up strasberry in Wikipedia), the plants were a gift last year and I just bunged them in a pot, not expecting much. Wow! A flavour explosion - vey rich and tasty. Very dark red, like you want a strawberry to look. Has a...
by Breq
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 181
Views: 3945

Re: Early Summer Bits and Bobs.

Primrose: Scandinavians use redcurrants in all manner of muffins, cakes, and tarts. Have a browse on the interwebby for some ideas. Although we love the jelly as a savory accompaniment, too! If I find I have more than I can freeze, use, or share, I take off the netting and let the blackbirds have th...

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