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Talkback: Edible dahlia tubers

Posted: 23/01/2013 at 10:42

Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants

Root - cooked and used as a vegetable]. A bitter flavour A sweet extract of the tuber, called 'dacopa', is used as a beverage or as a flavouring. It is mixed with hot or cold water and sprinkled on ice cream. Its naturally sweet mellow taste is said to combine the characteristics of coffee, tea and chocolate]. The root is rich in the starch inulin. Whilst not absorbed by the body, this starch can be converted into fructose, a sweetening substance suitable for diabetics to use

Info from http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Dahlia+pinnata

White Forsythia

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 16:33

2 reasons why we do not have it, 1 It needs a warm position to flower well and avoid being damaged by late frosts. 2. Never seen it on sale at a price we would pay.

Looks a nice plant though, if you have somewhere to grow it.

Snow on the Greenhouse

Posted: 20/01/2013 at 12:30

Saved me the job, it all slid off this morning. Mind it is snowing now so more will appear.

Snow on the Greenhouse

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 17:00

Suppose the answerwas a bit terse, agree with Nutculet. My greenhouses are very strong and there is only a couple of inches of snow on the glass. I have knocked it off the Fruit cage netting and the Shade House which is netting and the Shade garden where the netting is getting a bit old and rather brittle.

Did shovel a lot of snow onto the beds in the Alpine house, save me having to water in there. Melts nice and slowly and gives the plants highly oxygenated water which is good for them.

Snow on the Greenhouse

Posted: 19/01/2013 at 12:58

I leave it on, acts as good insulation.

Talkback: Snowdrop days

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 21:14

The Weir Garden near Hereford  has a fantastic set of Snowdrops.

840 m squared of all types of weeds.

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:53

Exactly and we interfere with the ecology of an area at our peril. Many of the problems  in gardening and agriculture are because we disregard how everything is interconnected.

How much of the bee problem is down to our mismanagement of the environment?

Yes a plant in the wrong place is a nuisance in that it is taking up a space where I might want something more' pretty' or productive. Yes those dratted aphids are destroying my Sprout crop and moles, well don't get me started on them, but they are all part of nature, just hopefully somewhere else!

weather and plants in pots

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 17:47

Bulbs in pots where the pot froze solid. Only lose bulbs in the garden to mice!

weather and plants in pots

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 15:29

Agree, we lost more plant pots than plants, except for bulbs. Even the ones wrapped up in fleece eventually died. But then we did get down to -22c last year.

840 m squared of all types of weeds.

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 15:25

Weeds are what often turn poor quality land into fertile pasture. Don't scorn them. After all land is left fallow when it needs a rest.

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