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by Monika
Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: tomato's !!!!!!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1260

Hello fish, I wonder if you are thinking of getting green tomatoes to ripen when they are off the plant at the end of the season. THEN you can put them in the dark, as long as it is fairly warm.
by Monika
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Putting shellfish debris in compost heaps
Replies: 6
Views: 1329

I know this isn't a direct answer to your question, but we always put fish and meat debris into a dedicated "freezer rubbish" plastic bag into the freezer until the morning of the bin collection and that keeps it sweet smelling till then!
by Monika
Wed Jul 04, 2007 6:38 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Un-set strawberry jam
Replies: 3
Views: 2541

Sounds good to me. We are having lots of family coming to visit on Monday, including five grandchildren, so I think we'll be able to get rid of quite a lot of "strawberry sauce"!
by Monika
Tue Jul 03, 2007 7:35 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Un-set strawberry jam
Replies: 3
Views: 2541

Un-set strawberry jam

I made some strawberry jam last week and used a proven recipe, put lemon juice in, used half preserving sugar, half jam sugar (with pectin) and checked the boiling point with a jam thermometer. But the jam still hasn't set. The strawberries were very large and watery (due to the weather no doubt) an...
by Monika
Sat Jun 30, 2007 8:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Enoughs, enough.
Replies: 36
Views: 7757

I might moan sometimes about our allotment being on a steep slope, but in this weather it pays off - it's very well drained. But the lack of sunshine is a nuisance, we really could co with some dry, SUNNY days.
by Monika
Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Scythes are great!
Replies: 11
Views: 5104

We would love to use sheep or goats to keep the grass down on the Nature Reserve but you can't just borrow a couple of them nowadays. You have to submit papers for moving animals from one place to another. So the scythe will have to do, steep slopes and all.
by Monika
Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Garlic problems
Replies: 7
Views: 2440

Apparently, rust which attacks garlic also attacks leeks but not onions, that's a different strain (or variety?). That would explain why my rust-covered garlic has infected the leeks planted on one side, albeit very slightly to date, but the onions on the other side are fine.
by Monika
Fri Jun 29, 2007 7:31 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Garlic failure
Replies: 17
Views: 6235

I am going to harvest my garlic Purple Wight and Thermidrome this weekend (weather permitting) because the leaves are covered in rust and quite yellow. The bulbs I have dug so far are o.k. for size, so that doesn't seem a problem. But in previous years I have always just left them in the ground unti...
by Monika
Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: What other hobbies do you have ?
Replies: 45
Views: 10172

Reading (we don't have a telly, you see), birdwatching, natural history in general, swimming and keep fit, knitting for small grandchildren (when they get to about 5 years old, it takes me too long and I give up!) and family history. I certainly don't know how I ever found time to go to work before ...
by Monika
Thu Jun 28, 2007 7:09 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: germination problem on parsnip
Replies: 20
Views: 4893

Chantal, when I tried Johnboy's method (see my posting above) I thought it wasn't working because it took ages for the seeds to germinate on the boiler, longer than all other seeds I have ever tried that way (e.g. sweet peas) but luckily I left them and eventually (it may have been about 10 days, bu...
by Monika
Wed Jun 27, 2007 7:22 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: germination problem on parsnip
Replies: 20
Views: 4893

This year I followed the advice given by Johnboy (I think it was him) and pre-germinated the parsnip seed (variety Countess) between damp kitchen towel on the boiler. When they had a good, sturdy rootlet, I sowed them in roottrainers and then planted them outside. And they look really strong plants ...
by Monika
Tue Jun 26, 2007 10:52 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Sparrowhawks
Replies: 6
Views: 2689

Sparrowhawks catch birds for food so let them get on with it, RoRo. Death is never pleasant but at least it's for a purpose. Our local sparrowhawk pair, particularly the female, regularly take their pick at our bird table but, then, we have already had four broods of blackbirds in the garden with th...
by Monika
Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: Scythes are great!
Replies: 11
Views: 5104

My husband has been scything the meadow areas on our village nature reserve for many years after the wildflowers have shed their seeds. He finds it very soothing, he says, but it's hard work on large areas. My job is to toss the hay!
by Monika
Fri Jun 22, 2007 6:33 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Maris Bard - simply the best!
Replies: 10
Views: 5045

The only varieties we have eaten this year to date are Swift and Anya, and Swift are absolutely tasteless compared to Anya which tastes like a real potato should taste like, both eaten hot, and cold in salads.
by Monika
Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:39 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: jerusalem artichokes
Replies: 6
Views: 2607

Do watch how many you eat, fish. They tend to have rather socially unacceptable consequences! Just a warning.

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