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by Essexboy
Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Too many pumpkins - help!
Replies: 10
Views: 4613

Hello Newveggie, I put them on the wall outside my house with a for sale sign in the couple of weeks running up to Halloween and flog em! I usually sell the lot, the kids round here call me the pumpkin man. Regards Duncan. P.S I find people like the home grown types of pumpkin, as they tend to be or...
by Essexboy
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Pumpkin poser
Replies: 8
Views: 2288

Pumpkin poser

I have a number of pumpkins on the allotment that are mostly now nice and orange. The odd one is a bit greenish/odd green patches, my problem being is that the couple of years the kids have got in and nicked/smashed them to bits. Would it be ok to harvest them at this stage and bring them home to ri...
by Essexboy
Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:03 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bumper Tomato crop
Replies: 2
Views: 1764

Bumper Tomato crop

How are othe people finding their Tomato crops under glass this year? I have a huge crop of the most enormous Tomatoes on the way. I don't know what I have done that is very different this year to other years. If anything I was a bit late with them, also due to being a bit short of compost, each pla...
by Essexboy
Thu Jul 03, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Gooseberries
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Gooseberries

Has anybody else had a bumper harvest of Gooseberries? I have one bush on my allotment, this bush was almost completely destroyed by fire when my shed was burnt down. I pruned it right back, it recoverd and I have just picked 10lb 2oz of fruit from it. Is this a record? Has it something to do with t...
by Essexboy
Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:32 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Cherry Brandy
Replies: 1
Views: 1679

Cherry Brandy

Ages ago I promised my recipe for cherry brandy, my apologies for the delay! here it is. 1jar Lidl black cherries in syrup (or similar) 6-8 ozs caster sugar one and a quarter pints Brandy, very cheap is fine! Place cherries in a suitable sized jar with a little of the retained syrup, add the sugar t...
by Essexboy
Wed Mar 05, 2008 2:19 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: broad bean varieties
Replies: 15
Views: 4717

I have always had good results with Bunyards exibition, quite an old variety but always seems to work on my ground. Have given up on autumn sown broad beans as they always seem to catch each other up anyway!
by Essexboy
Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:34 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Quince tree
Replies: 2
Views: 912

Quince tree

Hello everybody, I quite fancy having a Quince tree in the garden, I think I am right that this is the right time of year to plant fruit trees? Only thing is, i am really pushed for space, can Quinces be espaliered against a wall/fence as with other fruit trees? I have also heard that Quices take a ...
by Essexboy
Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Gritty Pears
Replies: 2
Views: 1841

I am not sure ladies, and someone out there may correct me, but I once heard/read somewhere that grittiness in pears has something to do with insects.I believe that it does not affect the edibility of the pears.
by Essexboy
Mon Sep 10, 2007 11:58 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Wanted - recipe for sloe gin
Replies: 7
Views: 4228

You might want to have a look at this website http://www.sloe.motion.uk I think that is the right web address, if not you should be able to google it. A handy tip to avoid all that mind numbing pricking with a pin is to put the sloes in the freezer overnight. This pops the skins, its always worked f...
by Essexboy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 5549

Sorry, should have added that the website is www.breckfarm.co.uk
by Essexboy
Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Camping
Replies: 28
Views: 5549

This isnt Wales, but you campers out there may like to try Breck farm campsite near Cromer Norfolk. Apart from the fact that it is cheap, they also allow camp fires and they have a farm shop selling their own free range eggs and Norfolk pink potatoes.Contact them on info@breckfarm.co.uk
by Essexboy
Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:47 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: What's been most successful in your greenhouse/tunnel?
Replies: 13
Views: 3595

As in my other posting, Tigerella tomatoes exellent, as with the chile peppers. Melons have been a disaster, all types, the cucumbers have been prolific but a lot smaller than usual. The aubergines, after sulking for weeks have just started to bear fruit. I dont know if anyone has had a similar expe...
by Essexboy
Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:09 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Tigerella Tomatoes
Replies: 5
Views: 2347

Tigerella Tomatoes

How have people got on with the freebie Tigerella tomatoes that came free with KG magazine? I have had a huge crop from them, both outside and under glass. The plants are huge and appear to be fairly resistant to blight and mildew. Wish I could say the same about everything else!! This is my first t...

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