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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 13:02

Well, I've been in and out like a yo-yo with the washing - have given up trying to catch the sunny bits and the towels and tea towels are draped on a rack in front of the studio window. 

I've also baked a batch of Suffolk Rusks and there's a pan of home-made vegetable soup (carrots, onions, leeks, celery, potato and parsley in some Marigold vegetable stock) simmering on the hob for my lunch .... it's nearly ready 

Clari - you mean even if he didn't tell you, no one else did either???????????????? 

Charlotte Pots CHITS

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 11:32

Hi Edgar 

Charlottes don't really make good chips - they're good boiled/steamed hot or in potato salad.

Or one of my OH's favourites - boil them in their skins until almost cooked then drain, tip into a greased roasting tin, crush them gently with the back of a fork so that they're partly broken up, then sprinkle seasalt and olive oil over them and roast in a hot oven until they've got lovely crispy crunchy bits all over them .... delicious!!!   He eats twice as many potatoes when they're cooked that way!

This may be helpful 

Last edited: 20 October 2016 11:33:19

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:31

Hosta - there'll be hardly anything left of you to ((hug))!!! 

Creeper on walnut tree

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:27

As I said, just keep an eye on it at the top - maybe get some longhandled loppers to stop it taking over the canopy and it'll be fine.  

I used to have big trees and ivy when I lived in the countryside.  Deeply envious here 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:10

Hold onto your hat Hosta 

Creeper on walnut tree

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:02

And they will be followed by black berries for the blackbirds and thrushes to feed on throughout the winter 

And of course, ivy covered tree trunks are favourite places for robins and wrens to nest 

Last edited: 20 October 2016 10:04:59

Wrapping Banana Plant for Winter

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 10:00


I don't think plastic is a good idea - the usual way is to use straw - the info you need is here 

Country cottage garden

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 09:53

Garden gnomes are absolutely fine as long as they earn their keep - just lazing around all day with a fishing rod in their hands isn't contributing much - whereas those little chaps with wheelbarrows can do lots of little jobs while you're at work, if you leave them a list 


Posted: 20/10/2016 at 09:45

1.  Chutney needs to mature for about 3 months before eating.

2.  It takes all sorts but I love the smell of my home when I've been making pickles and chutney.

3. Maybe you're growing too many tomatoes. 

Creeper on walnut tree

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 09:42

Ah, the picture just appeared 

It's ivy.  Brilliant for wildlife.  Unless you want the walnut to be very productive, I'd be tempted to leave the ivy there - just control it to keep it from taking over the tree canopy.  

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