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Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:50

I was asked the other day what I want for my leaving gift - the words were out of my mouth before I even thought about it - National Gardening Vouchers please 


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:40

Might spend the rest of the evening playing with our new TiVo box and drooling over the Sarah Raven catalogue.


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:39

Autumn raspberries almost ripe 

The reflexology session was great, but I'm totally zonked and will not be making pastry this afternoon.  Think I'd better buy some tomorrow if those pies are going to get made. 

What to do with your produce

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:36
CluelessGardener wrote (see)

Basil salt

Rosemary oil

Garlic oil

Pesto made with basil 

Raspberry vinegar


I hope that you're keeping any garlic oil you make in the fridge and  are using it up within a week.

Please tell me you're not making and storing your own garlic oil outside the fridge or for any longer than a week.  It is well known to carry the risk of developing botulinum toxicity which can make you very ill or even kill. 

It can only be produced safely by commercial set ups under specific conditions .  If you have any doubts just Google 'garlic oil and botulism'.



Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:15

They will need to be indoors in a frost-free conservatory or similar in the winter and spring until all chance of frost is past.  Some people only put them outside during the daytime even in the summer, and some keep them in their conservatory 365 days a year.

They won't harm any wildlife - although apparently Victorian maidens experienced hallucinations when in confined spaces with one when in flower.

Marmande tomatoes

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 17:10

Marmande are beefsteak tomatoes and are supposed to be 'dense'  without lots of seeds or the juicy bit the seeds are in. That's why they're called 'beefsteak' - they look like a slice of best steak, and that's why they're great sliced horizontally and served with mozzarella cheese and basil leaves and some olive oil and balsamic and a grinding of black pepper


It's also why they make great sauces, especially if they're roasted first.

Sounds like yours have done really well 

Marmande tomatoes

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 12:51

How do you mean 'beefy'?

They're really good cooked - use to stuff and bake, sliced and grilled on toast, in ratatouille, or chopped, roasted and used in wonderful pasta/pizza sauces.

Does anyone else have this green rose?

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 07:42

I suggest that you contact - they know more about roses than almost anyone - you never know, you might have something very unusual 


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 07:16

I got a woolly cardi out of the cupboard last evening, and I've got it on  this morning - first time all summer - but it's going to get warmer ............... 

Need to start thinking about bulbs for spring pots, and what are we going to have in a pot on the front porch over the winter?

I've got today at home (got to use my leave up before I retire) and the Virgin man is coming today with a Tivo box 

Then I'm having a home reflexology session - never had one of those before!  

Some pastry to make to top the chicken and leek pies I started yesterday for when MIL and some other rellies appear in a couple of weeks.

I wonder if there'll be time to go out and find some blackberries to pick?


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 07:03

This is my family's favourite croc

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