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"What is this ? "

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 16:54

Oh bother, you said too soon. That's just what I was going to say, having had previous experience!

Brown dieing patches in my hedge

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 13:45

How big is the leaf? Hard to know from a photo with nothing to compare it with. I think the leaves are small, but Kitty thinks they are too big for box.

Green blob??

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 13:07

Maybe it's the eggs of something.

Share your produce recipes with us

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:09

We had a delicious beetroot gazpacho in a restaurant, but couldn't tell you what was in it! I think the beetroot was used raw.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:51

GW was on for 3 Wednesdays, think it was because of Golf, back to Fridays now.

Any ideas what to do with this patch?

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:44

As you already have the cordyline could you make it look an exotic sort of area? Different leaf shapes? Day lilies, hostas, cannas (except they need winter protection), Fatsia Japonica, phormium, grasses, acanthus mollis?

Share your produce recipes with us

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:38

I always grow too many courgettes so here are a couple of courgette recipes.

Courgettes and mint soup. Fry an onion (don't burn it!) add chopped courgettes then cover with chicken stock, simmer until soft, add a handful of mint, simmer one minute, take off heat and when cooler liquidize it with a wand thingy mixer. Can be eaten hot or chilled with a swirl of cream. Freezes.


200g (7oz) grated courgette (no need to peel beforehand, and can be green or yellow courgettes)

150g (5oz) caster sugar

1 egg

125ml (4 fl oz) vegetable oil

200g (7oz) plain flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons lemon zest (about 1 lemon's worth)


Preheat oven to 160C, Gas mark 3. Grease a loaf tin.

 In one bowl mix together the courgette, sugar, egg and oil. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Add the lemon zest. Fold the flour mixture into the courgette mixture until just blended. This makes a quite runny mix. Pour into the prepared tin.

 Bake for 45 minutes until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. If its still a bit gooey in the middle, another 10 mins should do the trick.


Green blob??

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:25

It doesn't look like any tomato disease. I would just wash it off, probably something that some insect, animal or bird has deposited.

I thought the name of this site was taken from Gardener's World magazine.

Brown dieing patches in my hedge

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:16

Could it be box? Looks rather like box blight.

Where in the world are you?

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 10:15

Meant to say - thank you obelixx for finding the map.

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