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What plant or shrub or...?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 07:05

Hi Toni   sorry to hear about your mum's illness - I hope you and your daughter can spend some lovely happy times with her and we'll help you sort the garden out.

Can you post us some pictures of the garden and the plants you have there to give us some idea of your options.

To post a photo you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions - it sometimes takes a while to upload.  If it doesn't work let us know and we'll try to help.


Need help keeping them fresh

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 07:00

Hi Jay   What an adventure you're having.  As you're discovering, lots of fruit and veg don't keep long in the heat, but we'll try to help

Pineapple - I think you're doing the best thing with it - slice and core and keep it in it's own juice in a covered plastic box or dish in the fridge.

Bananas go brown in the fridge - just keep them somewhere cool and don't wrap them.  You can freeze bananas if you're going to make smoothies or milkshakes with them or bake them in a cake.  When you use them don't thaw them, peel and chop and put in the blender. 

Peppers and tomatoes you seem to be doing fine with. Or they could go in the salad drawer of a fridge.  But whole, not sliced.

Green beans will keep whole in the salad drawer of your fridge.  If they're turning purple they're just ripening - some varieties do that - nothing to worry about.

Carrots - can you get any sand - you can keep them in a cool place in a box of dry sand.  Otherwise just put them in a cool dark place. If they have dark spots just cut these out when you prepare them.

Lettuce doesn't keep long once harvested but the best thing to do is cut across the base of the stem and put it in a bowl with a little water in the bottom and keep it in the fridge.   Don't have your fridge turned down too cold ... 4C is fine. 

Potatoes - just keep them in a thick cloth sack or box in a cool DARK place.  As you have discovered if they are in even a small amount of light they photosynthesise and produce chlorophyll and turn green.  Green potatoes are poisonous - do not eat them.  Prepare them as you need them.  Do not keep in water.

The best thing you can do is to leave your fruit and veg whole and prepare it only when you're going to use it - and in warm climates shop at least twice a week, or daily if you can.

Hope that helps.







HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 20:05

Oooh!  Were they yours Fairy???  Fan-dabi=dozi 

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Posted: 29/03/2016 at 19:56

Oooh, just watching This Farming Life ............. I love watching the bulls in the show ring ....... aren't they magnificent!!!

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Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:26

Fairy I spoke to Wonky this morning - she hadn't eaten anything but dried toast, but at least that had stayed put.  I won't ring her any more in case she's sleeping - she said she really wants to go to work tomorrow, so plenty of rest today is important. 

Not sure if I'm sensible or normal, but I make sure everyone has enough cake and coffee

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 18:12

Welcome Betty   Good to 'meet' you

I've been into the city and bought pattern and wool for 'matinée coat' for nephew's baby due in May.  Then I discovered that despite having all my needles, all Ma's needles and all of Little Granny's needles, I didn't have the size I needed - so I've braved the ring road at rush hour to get the right needles from Hobbycraft. 

As I drove into the carpark I just managed to avoid a liver-roan cocker spaniel without  collar, lead or human being who was dashing across the carpark on his own at full speed.  He seemed to know where he was going - I hope he did - last seen disappearing under an archway near the river, with several people standing watching as he flashed past.

Monty's Dog

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 15:49

I've had dogs all my life ... until now ... OH gets a wheezy chest if he lives for any length of time with a dog ... it's such a shame 'cos he loves them too ... so we borrow other people's

We know all the dogs who go for walks past our house, and Charlie the Basset can be mine if I give his owner my car

OH has special doggie friends who go to see him at the farm shop.

I've had labradors,  terriers, springer spaniels,  a dachshund x (although nominally that one belonged to Wonky) and a lab x German Shepherd. 

If I was on my own all day I'd definitely have a dog - someone other than myself to talk to

Monty's Dog

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 14:56

Dogs like it if you talk to them, but they don't mind if you have a quiet day.  They give you company on the days you don't want to see people.  You can tell them all your troubles and innermost thoughts and they will never tell anyone.  Dogs give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning, but they don't mind if you go back to bed, as long as they can do the same

raspberry fertilizer

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 14:49

I would give them a sprinkling of Fish Blood and Bone and water it well in at this time of year.  Then  I'd water them with diluted tomato feed once a month until the flowers have set fruit. 

Dog wee and my lawn

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:40
I think it's asking a lot of a all lawn to cope with the wear and tear meted out by 12 busy paws the year round, even without the problem of the pee. If you're not "into lawns" I'd not attempt a lawn in that situation.

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