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Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 19:15
Steve 309 wrote (see)

Once courgettes have got to marrow size and developed thick, hard skins, they'll keep for ages as long as they're not damaged.  Someone I know keeps them all winter.  Cut them with plenty of stalk.

Fully agree Steve - I always have a few which become 'marrows' and they last for months once the skin has hardened.

Grape vine

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 00:46

Hi Dee, yes you can trim much of the tangle back now to regain access to your pergola but do the hard pruning in December.  The link to the RHS guide has changed slightly due to recent changes on their site:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=288

Well worth a read.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:06

Cut in half lengthways and stuff with a mixture of finely chopped tomatoes, garlic, herbs, black pepper, olive oil, bacon and cheese, topped-off with a sprinkling of breadcrumb/grated cheese mixture.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.  Delicious!  You can substitute any number of these ingredients but the cheese and bacon provide salt, otherwise you'll need to add some as oversize courgettes are pretty much tasteless, like marrows (to which they are closely related, so also google "marrow recipes".)

What's eating my magnolia?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 00:33

If I'm not mistaken, you have captured the culprit in that last photo.  Here's a blow-up of what looks like a caterpillar on the leaf:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/55194.jpg?width=291&height=350&mode=max

I has similar on one of mine and because it is still a small tree, carefully went over each leaf and picked them off.

Upside down pics

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:42

The technical explanation is that some devices add EXIF information to photos and that contains data on the photo's orientation (and possibly your name, address and location!)  Unfortunately not all software understands this information so some browsers show it the right way up, some don't.  The only guaranteed way to ensure everyone can see it the right way up is to open it in a photo editing application which allows you to remove the EXIF data.  Unfortunately there are so many devices out there that I can't provide a list of what to use which will work for everybody, but there are lots of free ways to do it, like this one:

http://www.verexif.com/en/

Once the EXIF data has been stripped out, you might still have to rotate your picture if you took it with your i-Thing upside down, but once done it should stay done!

 

wood chips. Good or bad?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:29

If you sprinkle some pelleted chicken manure into the bags, give them a good mix and dampen them, the woodchips will rot down much faster than if left to their own devices.  Make sure the bags have a few holes in the bottom so that any excess water can run out.

Comfrey liquid fertiliser

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 18:57

You can feed with diluted comfrey liquid once a fortnight.  To ascertain the right strength, pour some of the diluted mixture into an old glass or other clear vessel and if it looks like weak tea, you have it right.  This is by far the best method as comfrey liquid can vary enormously in strength depending on how it was made.  Some of mine came out so concentrated that I just need about an egg-cupful to a 2 gallon watering can but another batch needs a good cupful.     

Plant ID needed please :)

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:49

It's caper spurge, a wild euphorbia.  Lot of it about this year!

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:58

I think Buddyboy is right.

tomato propagation

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:53

They're pretty robust Clarington.  The realseeds site recommends fermenting them to get rid of the gluey bit around the seed to make them easier to handle.  The less tomato material left stuck to them the less likely they will rot.  I have dozens of them appear all over my garden from those damaged ones I throw into the compost heap, so they certainly don't need mollycoddling!

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Oops!

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