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Talkback: The best crops for flavour

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:12

Gardeners' Delight and Moneymaker are my two 'go to' favourites - but I always like to trial a couple of others for variety: Chocolate Cherry gave lots of flavoursome (colourful) & tangy fruit, whereas Orange Belle was disappointing; few fruit, slow-growing and rather bland. I might give Sungold a go next year.

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 Have other growers suggestions based on flavour tasting experiences?

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 18/09/2014 at 19:41

Welcome, Steve S, & congratulations on the new job! We look forward to seeing photos of your 'Patch' as it stands this Autumn - and how it (& you) develop with the ensuing seasons. Never be afraid to ask - there'll doubtless be a variety of responses but all is grist to the mill on this forum, I find. Enjoy!!

Pulled My Spuds - Wash or Dry ?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:42

Hi, Bob T G: I've grown Pink Fir Apple for the first time as a 'corner filler', ie they went in after all the other varieties were housed. I'm pleased with the crop: we avoid the problem of 'nobblyness' by scrubbing with a soft bristle nail brush & serving them as boiled in their skins with a knob of butter ontop!! Delish!!

top of canes

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:29

I used to save 35mm film canisters in pre-digital camera era (last millennium!). Nowadays I improvise with empty plastic pill & yogurt pots, odd sox and even empty 'jungle juice' or jubbly plastic sleeves with a rounded, closed ends. Fascinating to hear of others' improvisations.....???

what can I sow now.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 19:38

Lots of different Salad leaf options according to your tastes/ family needs?

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 05/09/2014 at 21:24

"Sod's Law" or "Sods' Lawn"

Leaf salad

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:07

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 This is the latest sowing of Mizuna with 'sporadic' German Mustard leaf for extra tang. [sown early August]. This bed should continue to crop throughout the Autumn and winter months (light plastic cover goes over if frost threatened).

Unknown eggs

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:36

Hi Tina: definitely not ant - those pictured are slug eggs and should be 'outed' for the blackbird etc to enjoy! *Ant eggs are generally sandy coloured, smooth like 'sugar strand' cake topping (less colourful & tasty, though).

best tasting potatoes

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:28

Hi, Treehugger: I was very taken by Osprey (2nd early/ keeper) - clean, smooth skin, pearly flesh & tasted really satisfying; steamed with just a knob of butter added to the serving tureen. I'd definitely grow them again. Others' nominations noted, so I'll still be tight on (buckets) & open space next season - yet again!

Tomatoes splitting

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:48

Having experiences with splitting tomato fruits last year, I 'double potted' my outdoor tomatoes and those in a solid-floored greenhouse by putting each of the final planting 'black bucket' 8 litre pots into an empty 10 litre mayonnaise catering pack. Alternatively, use the pack that bulk pelleted chicken manure comes in. It's certainly gone a long way to reducing the likelihood of split fruit. *Added bonus is that the compost/soil mixture is insulated from excessive direct sunlight and helps maintain a more even temperature for the feeding rootballs.

Discussions started by David Matthews2

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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