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Any wine makers out there?

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:52

Anyone with a drinkable Tomato Wine recipe, (ie proven qualities), I'd welcome a PM from them in the near future - I & my assistant already have chutney, relish & Tomato sauces freshly made aplenty  - and we're still being overrun by the beautifully-ripened, full-flavoured fruits of 2014's everlasting summer!! Help, please!!


Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:48

True to Mel M's advice above - I've started prepping my 'courgette etc' raised bed with a liberal forking in of organic pelleted chicken manure, to be followed by the contents of the 'mature' compost bin in very short order.

**HotTip: Wilkos have many of their own-label seed packs at half price at present, courgettes included & (mostly) well in date!! Shop early for 2015.....??

There's a long trail a-winding.....

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 19:23

 Some 'artistic' mollusc in my garden has 'gilded' the pumpkin leaves - quite attractive in it's own way, I thought?

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.

 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

 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).

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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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

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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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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