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The best way to keep to store

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:45

Oh, yes i forgot the most valuable of all, onions. They store for almost a year and add lots of nutritional value and flavour to many dishes.

The best way to keep to store

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:43

Most veg, runner beans, courgettes, peas, french beans, potatoes, onions etc are ideal candidates for soups. If you are looking to store nutritional value in a compact freezer space without the use of huge quantities of salt then freezing soup is the way to go.

For many fruits such as black/red/whitecurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and other smaller fruit, jams and jellies are the way to go for nutritional value. They last a year or more with almost no nutritional value loss.

Combine the two and you are well on the way to living on your own produce through winter.

If you are really serious about self-sufficiency then i would suggest that you look at potatoes and apples which can be stored in cool, dark conditions in their whole state if you choose the correct varieties.

Drying legumes also involves no salt and they can last almost indefinitely if stored correctly. Along with potatoes and apples they can provide the roughage which is necessary for a good diet.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 22:28

When the foliage starts to yellow. The thing is that no date can be given because it differs so much depending on the area in the UK where you live.

If the foliage is still green and healthy looking leave them alone.

Small marks and bumps on plum fruits

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:41

Anyone know what is causing the problem shown in the two pics below on plums? It appears on the sun-facing side only.


Small clear resin-like drop on plum fruits

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 22:49

Ahhh, i saw this resin stuff on my cherry, now i know what it is


What is it then!?

Small clear resin-like drop on plum fruits

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:40

My plum tree fruits have small, clear, resin-like drops on them, any idea what could be causing this? See picture below.




Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:10

I sowed my pea seeds yesterday indoors. As soon as they get 10cm tall they will go outside (after a week of hardenning off). I trust nothing nowadays to the munching, crunching teeth of slugs.

Parsley help

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 23:06

Grow from seed is my advice, I've got eight plants outside the front door right now. One key point with parsley is that they love a deep root run, important if you are growing them in pots. 30cm deep is not too deep at all.

Strawberry & raspberry plants

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 08:32

Last year I grew a couple of autumn fruiting raspberries in a 35cm pot and about the same depth as yours. They were transplants from open ground and put in the pots in February. I got a smallish but not insignificant crop from them. They are still in the pot now and you have reminded me to take a look at how they are doing!

You might get a small crop if they are autumn fruiting but get them in asap.

Newbie raised bed!

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 20:36

My raised bed is full of multi-purpose and nothing else more complicated. The base is on grass layered with thick layers of old newspaper which must have rotted a couple of years ago. Remember, raised beds or the ground, soil is just a medium in which to grow plants. Feed regularly with a long-lasting fertiliser and you will be fine. Don't get too complicated, especially at first. And I agree with all that Busy Bee2 above says, good advice.

Onions and beetroot also do well in my raised bed as does garlic.

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