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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:28

Impossible to say; you may have some real nasties there, like Dock and Dandelion.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 19:03

My plants have been smaller than usual, but cobs as normal, about 2 per plant


Posted: 17/08/2014 at 19:02

medavid, remember; no perrenial weeds unless they are seed and root free, also a mix of greens and browns (nitrogen and carbon) and turn it from time to time to get air into the mix. Good luck with making your compost

Ants in compost bin

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:55

Actually, the presence of ants means that your bin is a tad dry. You can go Brummie's way as above, or add a little urine and some green matter.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:52

Chicky, wonderful colours and a fabulous stone wall

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:48

B-L, even when it has bolted a bit you can still use it for soup and get that wonderful flavour

Gardening Buddy.

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:56

Flossie Flo is a very uncritical gardening friend, but she splits her time between watching me and watching the road, which runs alongside the whole garden to see if anyone has the temerity to walk a dog along the pavement!

She was 9 when I got her, she is 10 now or maybe 11, the former owner was a bit vague on this. She is a wiry haired short legged Jack Russell.

Happy Sunflowers

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:47

OL, love those shoes and Angela, thank you for showing the Italian White sunflower.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:44

Philippa, what are lab labs? Are they the famous Labrador Tree that grows little puppies? I'll get my coat

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 16/08/2014 at 16:38

I've got a glut of Fennel and Pears at the moment. I looked online and found several pear and fennel soup recipes, this is my adaptation:

1 large-ish onion, chopped and put in a heavy based pan with some butter/oil

 I use my wonderful 40 year-old Duromatic Pressure cooker as it has a heavy base and a close fitting lid with a hole for the pressure mechanism. (which I am NOT using for this recipe)

Roughly chop 1 or 2 garlic cloves and add these

wash/trim/chop 1 or 2 fennels, also using a little of the fronds

3 or 4 pears, I peel mine as am using wind falls, core and chop

Add all of this to the pan, low heat, stir/shake pan regularly for about 25/30 mins

Make about 500 ml of stock (I use Marigold Bouillon powder, I find veg stock cubes rather redolent of school dinners circa 1956) Add teaspoon of slightly crushed (in pestle and mortar) fennel seeds to stock

Add stock, add water as necessary to about 1 cm above veg, simmer gently for 20/30 mins until fennel is really tender.

Whizz up in blender, then pass through moulin legume (vegetable mill - about £12 in a cookery shop). This is mine;

 I find this so useful for making soups.

Check the seasoning and bon apetit


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Phlox mould?

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Any wine makers out there?

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Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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