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Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:59

 Take 2 courgettes and 'ribbon' them with a potato peeler

 slice a pack of chestnut mushrooms and seethe in a little olive oil for a few minutes

 wizz up a handfull of Brazil nuts with 2 Avocado pears, using the fiercest blade in your armoury. Add juice of 1 lemon and water and olive oil to make a fine 'sort of' pesto

 This is how the courgettes should look

 Add courgettes and pesto to mushrooms

 Cook for a bit until courgettes are as 'al a dente' as you require and bon appetite!

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:49

My Compost Master event at Hunstanton allotments has been cancelled because of the potential fallout from Hurricane Bertha (?) are you all still going?

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 10:20


Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 22:16

Thank you BB Time for some new arrangements; wonder if the terrible storm we've been having has left anything standing in the garden for tomorrow

Before and After

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:44

Well done, it looks lovely. A lot of work well rewarded

wasp residue on damsons

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:37

That's how I cook Damsons, but just to make puree that I freeze. may try the cheese this year.

Talkback: The best way to grow potatoes

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:34

Mel M, can you explain the black plastic method please?

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:30

Lovely pics; they have cheered up a very wet day

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 18:24

Happy birthday Philippa; hope you have a fabulous year, you deserve it

Options for improving soil nutrients

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:31

A compost bin should be sited so that it gets some sun. But if that is not possible, the compost will get there in the end, just a bit slower.

Most Councils sell bins cheaply, but you can also get them on freecycle. It isn't essential to turn the contents of the bin, just rummage around every 2 weeks with a garden fork to get some air into the mix.

The mix should be 50% Nitrogen (greens) and 50% Carbon (browns).

Greens are stems, grass cuttings, plant leaves (not trees - they take a long time to rot down) cut flowers, old bedding plants, veg and fruit scraps from the kitchen etc

Browns are cardboard, newspaper, shredded bank statements etc.

Compost bins only smell if too much green has been added and no air is circulating. This is easy to rectify; stir up the contents and scrunch up each page of a newspaper and add to the mix.

Urine is a good free activator for compost, could be used perhaps once a month.

I was trained by Garden Organic as a Compost Master (doing an event on Sunday at an allotment open day) So any questions that you need answering, if I don't know I can usually find out.

Discussions started by artjak

Plant photos from French hols

Various intriguing things 
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What is this please?

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Master Composters need your support

Vote for us 
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Gariguettes Strawberry

Has anyone grown them? 
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Well, I never knew that!

The science aspect of wildlife 
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Slow cookers

Any advice welcome 
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Last Post: 17/10/2014 at 22:48

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Apple Day

Info about this 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 12:47

Wow, what a sunset!

Nature's generosity 
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Weed Killer and compost bins

A response to a thread I can't find 
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Last Post: 12/09/2014 at 18:51

Phlox mould?

What is this stuff? 
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Last Post: 11/09/2014 at 21:31

Any wine makers out there?

What have you made this year? 
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Last Post: 03/10/2014 at 09:01

Did I review 1500 plants in my sleep?

Why does it say I've reviewed all these plants? 
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Last Post: 30/08/2014 at 18:51

Herniaria Glabra

Smooth Rupturewort 
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ngs garden in Peterborough

Unusual Hostas 
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Reduced Shredder from Tesco

Rubbish really 
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