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Jeruselem artichokes

Posted: 17/02/2015 at 15:23

I planted mine in my allotment a few years ago and each year the patch grows larger. they could become a problem taking over a small garden. No need to earth up. they are from the sunflower family but you cook them like potatoes.Eat only a small amount at first as they do cause wind until you are used to them. My chickens like them and they are good in chutney and stir fries.

How do you store tom chutney...

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 09:58

I have frozen tomatoes and some time later made chutney and it was fine, there seemed no difference. I cooked them from frozen but needed to cook chutney a little longer as the water content must have been higher. I would love a recipe thread.  

Olive Trees

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 12:54

My Olive has just had its second winter in the ground. The man in the nursery said it was fine to leave in the ground over winter but I am not to sure. I have wrapped it up in fleece both years but each time it has lost leaves and looks thin and sad. Last year I resisted trimmig it and towards the end of the summer it had new small leaves . I wonder if it is getting enough heat to recover fully before the next winter.


Posted: 11/02/2013 at 11:56

I have two half sized allotments. My first one had over grown raspberries . I weeded them and watched them but after three years I gave up and dug them up as I was getting very small berries and not many. My second half allotment I took over last September with over grown raspberries, but this time they look nice and taste good.So I cut them down a few months ago .( I think they must be autumn fruiting)  Like yours they are full of couch grass. I plan to try to weed them but the weather has been so wet I have not been able to do much. I will give them one season then start again if no improvement. It seems a shame not to try. I have no real knowledge so am not saying try to keep them I just thought it might help to know you are not alone.

calendar 2013

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 10:42

Thank you for your calender. I really enjoyed looking at your allotment. 

Broad Beans

Posted: 28/11/2012 at 09:00

We have a big problem with wood pigeons on our allotment. We all try to net as much as we can.There is still snails and slugs around too.


Posted: 19/10/2012 at 08:48

I made green tomato cake then put the spare in the freezer.  

Corn on the cob

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 14:44

Badges eat my sweetcorn

Tomato leaf problems - help

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 10:12

Hi my tomato leaves look like yours. I always get problems but not so early in the year. I think I grow them to close together as I have a tiny green house which is very old. I also share it with my cat. He likes to sleep in it ! 


My hardneck garlic is falling over

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 21:07
Thank you Welshonion I was worried they would not keep but I will now use as needed and not worry about the rust . Mind you the rust was very bad.
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