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09/09/2011 at 18:06
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm,im hungry sounds delicious........yummmy yummmmmmy yum.
09/09/2011 at 18:11
my husband and i have picked in the last 48hrs over 240 runner beans and we have still loads to go,as with our tomatoes they havent done well this year,someone in our allomentt said its because of the rain,,,this is our 1st year of growing our own and my it is hard work but now so worth it,everyone is doing there harvest,rasberries still doing well,next year might try different tomatoes to grow and see which ones grow best...trial and era i guess.
10/09/2011 at 12:05
We're harvesting at the Botanic Garden and get to take home anything we volunteers can use so, this year, as I am saving for my potager hard landscaping, I am making lots of goodies to freeze. I have already put a lot of courgettes away as ratatouille with my own tomatoes and onions and herbs and boxes and boxes of different soups as we grew lots of Mediterranean beans. Beetroot has been pickled in vinegar and I am looking forward to harvesting the black kale. With green,yellow,purple and pink and white borlotti beans you can guess I am having salads that are a feast for the eye as well as the stomach,too, Kate.
10/09/2011 at 12:16
what is a potager??? is it just a posh word for raised beds?
10/09/2011 at 12:25
potager means: kitchen garden in french.... normally seperate space from main garden..... so no its not just a posh word for raised beds.
10/09/2011 at 15:46
Have tryed sungold toms this year and they are lovely i think they the best i have done iv tryed lots of different ones in the past but i like these the best i have saved some seed from them so hope they are ok next year.
10/09/2011 at 17:07
Potager- not posh but very special. I've seen some beautiful ones. There is one in a vicarage garden in Gloucester which has a moon gate entrance! As my own grown fresh veg. are the mainstay of my diet and keep me healthy I think they deserve a lovely setting and , as I am now 83 and think the years I will want to do a lot of bending are limited , I am trying to make the work easier but still enjoyable so my potager will have a seat so I have somewhere to rest my tools other than the earth, and paths I can work from even in bad weather and, of course, raised beds.
12/09/2011 at 09:37
Growing watercress in the pond, I'm intrigued please explain more in another blog as I'd like to try it in mine.
12/09/2011 at 10:02
kathryn/brock - I don't think there's enough to say about it in a blog! About three years ago I rescued some frogs from a drain and made them a mini-pond using a tub trug (they now have a fancy tin bath). I wanted to add some plants for them to hide amongst. I scoured the local garden centres for pond plants and had no luck, and then found a half-dead watercress plant in a supermarket for 75p. As a temporary measure, I chucked the watercress in the pond, where it blossomed into a huge plant! The frogs loved it and one day I harvested a bit for my salad (I gave it a good clean!). It was delicious. Now I always have a bit of watercress in the pond. It's not in a pot - it has adventitious roots, like ivy - so just finds its own way to the soil at the bottom of the tin bath, but also seems quite happy floating on the surface. If I ever get a bag of watercress in my veg box, and it goes off, I chuck it in the pond, where it grows me an extra crop. Watercress is supposed to be good for reducing growth of algae on ponds as well - apparently it absorbs a lot of excess nitrogen. Hmm, maybe I should blog about it! Kate
14/09/2011 at 07:51
And it is countrywide, gardenedibles. At the flower show I attended last Saturday the entries for the flower section were down while the veg. were up. and the most frequent requests I get at the Botanic Garden are directions to the vegetables. Reminds me of "Dig for Victory" in the war.
14/09/2011 at 20:25
‎1.5kg Sweet potatoes, 4 white potatoes, 1.5 onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 cooking apples, 2 litres of water, salt, pepper, Mango Chutney, Fry garlic and onions, meanwhile peel apples, potaoes, Chop into roughly small pieces about 2-3 cm add to pan with all the water, bring to boil then simmer for about 35-45 mins. Mash the potatoes after this time and then add 4 Table spoons of Mango chutney, this will thicken it into a soup. Grate some nut meg and serve with a splash of cream. This can also be frozen. Mmmm
15/09/2011 at 16:00
Lovely recipe, marcus. Oh. dear, what happened to the blog from gardenedible that I replied to? It looks like I am talking to a dream person, but I assure you there was a post from such a person saying how glad they were to see so many people were growing there own veg. My sons assures me it is fine to talk to your computer but to let them know when it talks back!
16/09/2011 at 18:12
Does anyone know if yellow pumpkins will turn orange?? mine is getting very big and I would like to make some pumpkin soup!
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21/09/2011 at 12:11
I've been 'growing my own' for the first time this year. Tomatoes looked to be doing well but many haven't ripened. After an early slug infestation, courgettes are now doing well. I've been making courgette fritters: http://eats-the-world.blogspot.com/2011/05/snozzcumber-fritters-recipe.html and courgette cake: http://eats-the-world.blogspot.com/2011/07/courgette-lime-cake-with-lime-cream.html
23/09/2011 at 16:04
LOVE the idea of the potato and broad bean salad, Kate! I grew Pink Fir Apple this year and think they would be just right... I must say, at risk of sounding like a crawler, one of my favourite cake recipes is a bbc one: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1967/blackberry-and-apple-loaf It's so succulent and fruity and uses up shed loads of blackberries too. http://www.mandysutter.com/reluctant-gardener-day-390-harvest/
26/09/2011 at 20:02
Just harvested our Cox Orange Pippins to find grubs in the centres with no apparent entry holes on the outsides. What should I do to forestall this next year?
28/11/2011 at 18:44
Your basket of tomatoes look too good to eat. I think I would rather gaze at them for the time being.
30/01/2012 at 11:31

Last year saw a fantastic crop of tomatoes that we were eating right up to a few days before Christmas. Tomato soup made from fresh tomatoes is fantastic andas different from the tinned stuff as chalk and cheese. I fry a couple of onion and chuck in the cut up toms. I don't bother skinning them as both my wife and I like the taste of the skins. If I've got some potatoes left over from a previos meal I my add that as a thickenning, otherwise I put in some rice or lentils. Once cooked I whizz it up. I have to admit I add some sugar if the toms are particularly tart.

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