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by sally wright
Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sales from a roadside stall
Replies: 3
Views: 1021

Dear Peejo,
how about a notice saying "smile you're on television!"
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Sat Jul 08, 2006 12:39 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 12
Views: 3183

Dear Pillbug, try chopped or sliced in white wine vinegar. Use new jars and lids (because of the acid the lids cannot be reused). Once opened it will keep for about a month in the fridge so use small jars. Lakeland limited sell small ones and the lids to fit them come separatly so you can buy more f...
by sally wright
Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Couldn't give a fig?
Replies: 7
Views: 2550

Dear P/H, the figs will be ripe during the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August if it is an outdoor fig. The figs will change colour going to a brownish green and the hole at the end of the fig will enlarge, but the best indicator of ripeness is touch. The fig will go soft and fe...
by sally wright
Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:41 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Strawberries Hoarding
Replies: 12
Views: 4061

Dear All, I find that adding the juice of half a lemon for every pound of straw's gives an excellent set and does not affect the flavour. I will also soak the straw's in the sugar overnight before jamming. This draws out the juices and allows the fruit pieces to survive the jam making process. (also...
by sally wright
Sat Jun 17, 2006 12:14 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Potato virus - what to do?
Replies: 1
Views: 840

Dear Colin,
get them out and bin them, really bin them not the compost bin. If they are left in the aphids will transfer the virus amongst the other plants.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Wed Jun 14, 2006 8:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Are you stealing my potatoes?
Replies: 32
Views: 6251

Dear Mr Potatohead,
having one's suspicions and being certain because you caught them in the act are not the same thing are they. You cannot point the finger if you only suspect the person. If you get it wrong the consequences are a real pain.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Tue Jun 13, 2006 8:03 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: nets and cabbage white butterflies.
Replies: 18
Views: 5941

nets and cabbage white butterflies.

Dear All, It says in the KG mag that nets are no use for keeping the caterpillars off your brassicas. This is not true. If you get hold of nets with a mesh size of about 1cm square the butterflies cannot get through it to get at the plants so no caterpillars. The leaves of the plants must not touch ...
by sally wright
Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Are you stealing my potatoes?
Replies: 32
Views: 6251

Dear All, a couple of years ago I was having shallots stolen, not many at a time (just enough for a salad I thought) so I put a label in the end of the row the day after some had been stolen with the words reminder sprayed with zzzzz fungicide don't eat for 14 days from and the date two days previou...
by sally wright
Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:39 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Talking of garlic.......
Replies: 11
Views: 3023

Dear All, I harvest my softnecks when the stem feels flat between finger and thumb, if it won't deform from round then leave for another week. For the hardnecks generally when the first six leraves from the ground up are yellow. If they have rust try to keep them away from your next crop of leeks as...
by sally wright
Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:25 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: onion flowers
Replies: 5
Views: 1197

Dear Taralistair,
the flowers need to be removed with a sharp knife just below the bud. If you cut off the flower too low it will leave the hollow stem vunerable to filling up with water and rotting the bulb.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon May 29, 2006 12:55 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Alternative fruits
Replies: 6
Views: 1252

Dear Old herbaceous, yes you can eat yew berries but you must spit out the seed as that IS as poisonous as the rest of the tree. For those who are not brave enough to try, the flavour is sweet and they are somewhat slimy. Fine for a sample but not something to eat in quantity I think. Regards Sally ...
by sally wright
Sat May 27, 2006 4:01 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: olives
Replies: 5
Views: 2488

Dear Fletch, where I work in Cambridge we have an olive growing outside in the ground. It is at least 15 feet tall and has produced some olives but they were very small (could have been the variety). However it is in a sheltered courtyard and has heated buildings behind it and it is in a southfacing...
by sally wright
Sat May 27, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Peppercorns
Replies: 2
Views: 1078

Dear Kevin,
pepper or Piper nigra (um) (can't remember which ending) is a tropical climber and will grow in this country if you are prepared to keep your greenhouse heated to 18 centigrade over winter.
They have some in most botanical gardens if you wish to go and see.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu May 11, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sea Buckthorn - How do you grow it?
Replies: 7
Views: 1954

Dear Beccy,
I think they might be used in recipies where cranberries are called for; fresh or dried. Food for thought...
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Thu May 11, 2006 12:04 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sea Buckthorn - How do you grow it?
Replies: 7
Views: 1954

Dear Losos,
I would imagine that the fruit are made into jam, conserves, syrups or cordials. Anything really that contain lots of sugar to make them palatable.
Regards Sally Wright.

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