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Butternut squash - what to do with under ripe ones (etc)?

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 12:25

They aren't as sweet and the texture is more dense.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 12:23

If those Barn dance girls were country bumpkins like me then they probably married and had children! But I went up to London to train as a nurse and worked funny hours and was tired, on my feet all day. No dancing evenings, sat in pub with the medical students or read a book or went to bed. There was the occasional party though and chatting to nurse friends in the nurses home.

Strictly is back!

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 11:35

Good reply Frank!

I was brought up in the country so what you are all saying sounds like a different world. My father was quite strict and I wasn't allowed out late, no transport anyway. I did wear Mary Quant individual eyelashes and pale lipstick though, when it was in fashion. And mini skirts. My Dad shouted at me for wearing a mini skirt but my uncle was staying and told him I would be laughed at if I didn't keep up with the fashion! I did enjoy barn dances in the village hall when I was a young wife. Mum and I always watched Come Dancing when I was still at home.

Dahlia stems rotting

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:32

Did you have a frost?

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:29

I can't grow acers in the ground here because of the alkali limestone rock. But the wild trees at the edge of the woodland around my house look lovely.

The Lagerstroemia in my daughter's garden has lovely red leaves.

The Roses Are Here

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:18

I have Lady Emma Hamilton and my daughter has Graham Thomas. Lady Emma has a lovely neat habit and smells wonderful. GT grew very well in my daughter's garden near Poitiers in France. I had a deer problem, before we put up the fence, so I have several David Austin roses in pots around the house and they've done very well. They do like to be fed and watered though.

Last edited: 26 October 2016 09:19:05

I've been to Barnsdale today

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:12

Lovely photos, thank you Nut. I'd love to go to Barnsdale.

Butternut squash - what to do with under ripe ones (etc)?

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 09:07

The last ones look OK to harvest. Leave some stem on them and put them on a sunny windowsill for a week or two before storing in a cool dark place. Some of the smaller ones look as though they would do better left on the plant a bit longer. But have you any idea what the weather will be like? If there is a risk of hard frosts they won't make it outside. If the forecast is mild I'd leave them, you could wrap them in horticultural fleece. It is getting a bit late in the season. If you feel they are borderline then they may finish ripening on a sunny windowsill.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:52

I agree with Verdun. I find the programme, especially now it is 1 hour long, is varied and there are several presenters. I enjoy all of it, even the bits that don't concern my gardening style and tastes. Give the poor man a break everyone - he can't please all the people all the time! I think, on the whole, he does a good job.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 26/10/2016 at 08:43

Pat lives in New South Wales where the climate is more temperate and wetter than other parts. But Pat lives in or near the mountains where it gets much colder in winter.

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