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by sally wright
Fri Dec 29, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Holly with berries for Christmas.
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Dear Peter,
seems reasonable, though I don't think I will be testing this hypothesis personally!
Regards Sally Wright
by sally wright
Wed Dec 27, 2006 8:08 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Belated jam making
Replies: 5
Views: 2476

Dear Jenny, I usually make my jam with last years fruit. I use what I can during the winter in various ways and any surplus during the early summer is made into jam as the new fruit goes into the freezer. If there is not enough room for all the fruit then I will make some with fresh fruit. Although ...
by sally wright
Tue Dec 19, 2006 8:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: silly season story.
Replies: 2
Views: 869

Dear Weed,
um... No...I don't think I did.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:53 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: silly season story.
Replies: 2
Views: 869

silly season story.

Dear All, just a silly seasonal story to make you chuckle (I hope!). I needed a plank out of the back of my shed, so there I was almost upside down in the back when I brass band starts up with a rendition of "God rest ye merry gentlemen". Now this is not the usual kind of noise one hears i...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 15, 2006 9:11 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Trifle
Replies: 8
Views: 3909

Dear Lizzie, my banana and ginger trifle is famous from here to next door. It also involves NO cooking and takes about 15 minutes to assemble. Ingredients. 1 Jamaican ginger cake. Bananas (quantity is variable according to size of bowl but get about 6) Candied Ginger. 1-2 Orange or 3-4 limes for jui...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 15, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Holly with berries for Christmas.
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Dear Alan, for us it is the I. aquifolium (common holly) that go first then the I. x altaclarensis (highclare holly)then the I. "J.C. Van Tol" (the only self fertile one - guaranteed berries and not too prickly). The birds DO seem to leave the varigated ones alone. Perhaps the varigation d...
by sally wright
Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Holly with berries for Christmas.
Replies: 7
Views: 2136

Holly with berries for Christmas.

Dear All,
gather your holly now and store it in a bucket away from mice and birds in a cool place and it will keep until Christmas. The pigeons are stripping the berries from the bushes where I work as we speak.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Dhalias and peas? Advice please
Replies: 13
Views: 2298

Dear All, when planting Dahlias for potential permanant residence they should go in as deep as possible with at least 4" of soil over the top of the tubers. I always dig up a couple of each variety to do cuttings in the spring but the rest get left in. The plants are much better the second and ...
by sally wright
Sat Dec 02, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Turkey
Replies: 21
Views: 3143

Dear Old herbaceous, the farmer across the road from my parents house used to rear his own chickens for Christmas and we always got one, the taste was superb although if we had guests we often had difficulty convincing them that a 14lb bird really was chicken!!! One winter a friend of my mothers rea...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: News and Views
Topic: Confessions of a gardener
Replies: 14
Views: 9885

Dear Mr PH, I used to work for a local authority as a gardener in my youth and we were pricking out lobelia. There was thousands to do and I was taking the boxes to the frames and writing out the labels. We started off with two varieties royal blue and blue basket. We ended up with three; RB, BB and...
by sally wright
Fri Dec 01, 2006 9:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Telemarketing
Replies: 11
Views: 1693

Dear Chantal, I got a double glazing salesman the other day and I got him GOOOOOD!!!!! I told him I would love to have double glazing. I then asked for the name and address of the company. Then I told him I would call my landlord the very next day and were these windows suitable for a house within a...
by sally wright
Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:35 am
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: harvesting beetroot
Replies: 17
Views: 8496

Dear Granny, beetroot go quite soft when frozen so it is best to freeze whole ones as this means less cut ends from which the beets can lose moisture and go mushy. Regards Sally Wright. ps I grow cylindra and also carillion another cylindrical type which can be sown early as it does not bolt. I find...
by sally wright
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:25 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Cold Frame problems
Replies: 12
Views: 4747

Dear All, I had a cold frame made out of Aluminium with no glass and I covered it with some tough sheet plastic. All was well and it worked Ok but two days later it was a cold morning and the frame was full of condensation and therefore the plastic looked white and solid to next door's cat who saw m...
by sally wright
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:18 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: harvesting beetroot
Replies: 17
Views: 8496

Dear Granny,
beetroot freezes well but does best when whole so baby beets are very suitable for this. Reason is they bleed a lot when thawed if cut up before freezing.
Regards Sally Wright.
by sally wright
Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:14 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Willow taking root
Replies: 13
Views: 4870

Dear Gerry, boiling should not make the bark come off as long as you don't rub it in any way. They are not going in for hours only 10 minutes or so. Dunking the ends in creosote or cuprinol is a good idea in theory but as you are going to weave with them you will end up with the stuff all over your ...

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