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by pigletwillie
Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: seville orange marmalade
Replies: 54
Views: 21806

taste the difference

I jar, bottle, jam and preserve anything I can from garden and plot and in most things you can "taste the difference" with home made being much better. However with seville orange marmalade, I have tried it both ways, preparing from scratch and using ma made and for once found no differenc...
by pigletwillie
Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:20 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Named Blackcurrant Plants - Free to a Good Home
Replies: 13
Views: 3898

yes please

If there are any left I wouldnt mind some too I live in Scraptoft so could perhaps collect Chantals for her as I am dropping off some barrels on Saturday.

David
by pigletwillie
Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:58 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Tomato Relish
Replies: 7
Views: 3676

tomato relish

yum yum piggys bum
by pigletwillie
Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:23 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: Tomato Relish
Replies: 7
Views: 3676

tomato relish

Hi Chez,

sounds good, does it keep in sterilized jars for long?

David
by pigletwillie
Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:12 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: seville orange marmalade
Replies: 54
Views: 21806

mamade seville marmalade

Whoever said use ma made seville oranges deserves a big kiss. I knocked up 2 tins worth this evening and ended up with 11 1lb jars plus a bit over. As for taste, well it tastes every bit as good as the marmalade I made last autumn from fresh fruit but without about 4 hours of slicing and dicing sevi...
by pigletwillie
Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Are butternut squashes worth growing?
Replies: 24
Views: 8431

Are butternut squashes worth growing?

Well the crown prince and butternut sprinter are ordered allan, here hopes!
by pigletwillie
Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:17 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: POTATO BARRELS
Replies: 3
Views: 1969

POTATO BARRELS

I will be planting my first earlies mid march and they should be ready in 10-12 weeks, the maincrop will be planted mid april to harvest Late August onwards.

David
by pigletwillie
Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:20 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Labels / Markers
Replies: 46
Views: 12384

Labels / Markers

All these differnt options reminded me about the Americans during the early part of the space race. They spent millions of dollars designing a pen that would work in space. The Russians, not having millions to spend on a pen that would work in space, simply took a pencil with them. A pencil to write...
by pigletwillie
Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:11 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Shallots
Replies: 23
Views: 7838

Shallots

I plant mine in raised beds mid February as I have the benefit that they are not sitting in waterlogged soil. If the weather looks particulally ferocious a bit of fleece over the top will keep them happy. I also grew shallots from seed last year, a variety called prisma by Thompson & Morgan. The...
by pigletwillie
Sun Jan 15, 2006 11:01 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: POTATO BARRELS
Replies: 3
Views: 1969

POTATO BARRELS

Having had my potato crops decimated by slugs over the years, I now grow my potatoes in tubs. Having seen the price of the ones from the seed merchants and nurseries I was at first put off but then came up with an idea that recycles a waste product from where I work which happens to be a granite qua...
by pigletwillie
Sat Jan 14, 2006 1:08 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Are butternut squashes worth growing?
Replies: 24
Views: 8431

Are butternut squashes worth growing?

Hi Chez, I am based in Leicestershire like yourself and also find butternut squashes an enigma. I planted out 5 plants and lost 2 to slugs. The other three produced just 1 medium sized squash each. With that return in mind I think that this year I will use the space for Crown Prince pumpkins if I ca...
by pigletwillie
Thu Jan 12, 2006 10:08 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: How do you decide what to grow?
Replies: 15
Views: 5401

how do you decide what to grow

Hi, I have 2 ten pole allotments and still cannot fit everything I want into the area that I have. Therefore I grow things for four reasons as follows:- 1) I grow things that are expensive to buy such as asparagus, soft fruit, salad crops, cut flowers etc. 2)I grow things that are difficult to buy r...
by pigletwillie
Mon Dec 26, 2005 5:33 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Homemade Polytunnel!
Replies: 14
Views: 14210

Homemade Polytunnel

Allan, I too was a little concerned about the bracing but will brace the uprights with scaffolding tube putlocked together. the posts are driven into the ground 3ft, the bottom 18" of which is very nasty blue marl clay which doesnt move as it is consistently wet through the water table height. I wil...
by pigletwillie
Sun Dec 25, 2005 9:49 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Homemade Polytunnel!
Replies: 14
Views: 14210

homemade polytunnel!

I am in the process of building one of these tunnels and can say that it is more strength in it than my neighbours bought tunnel. Firstly the sides are made from 8ft long scaffolding pipe driven 3ft into the ground leaving me with 8ft sides before the curve of the roof. The plastic is not "domestic ...
by pigletwillie
Sun Dec 25, 2005 9:13 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Banana shallots
Replies: 11
Views: 7514

Jermor are ok, but the babies I brought back from France make them look like pickling onions and are exceptionally flavoured. I hope that they do well. Most of the French Longue shallots sold here are really only demi longue, primarilly I think as the French do not want to give up there seed and unt...

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