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Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:51

We like to eat young beetroot roasted with a sour cream dressing, sometimes with the addition of some horseradish (brilliant accompanying roast beef).

And a few years ago I made a Beetroot chilli relish - it was fabulous - I made loads of it and included it in some Christmas hampers for friends and rellies.  Everyone loved it.

I bookmarked the link to the website, but it seems that the site is down   but if anyone is into pickles and chutney making it would be pretty easy to reproduce - it involved raw grated beetroot, a sprinkling of chilli flakes, a mix of cider and balsamic vinegar and dark muscavado sugar if I remember correctly 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 20:37

Squidge them!  They may look like eggs, but they're tiny baby greenfly, and they're already pregnant when they're born!!!   The ladybirds will find plenty of other aphids to eat 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 10:24

Right - I'm off - DS has just phoned and asked me to bring some garden shears with me!!! 

New lawn problems

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 10:15

Don't suppose anyone ever parks a car there do they?  I've seen fuel leaks etc do that sort of damage - but I can't see any tyre tracks. 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:37

Now that I've retired I've resolved to be more consistent re dead-heading in the summer, and it's certainly paying dividends; but what about achilleas?

I've read conflicting information.  Some say deadhead them, some don't.  Some say leave the seeds for the finches; some say cut and dry the flowers for winter decorations.

Do you deadhead your achilleas?


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 08:23

Like your Style Pdoc   I'll Council you to shop wisely at the GCs 

Grass ID

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 06:58

It looks like Carex Pendula - aka pendulous sedge - you may be interested in this recent thread - 

oxalis rust

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 06:52

Hi Melanie

I'm not an intentional grower of oxalis although there is a very insistent variety that keeps appearing in my veg patch!  I'm sure that some people will be heartened to know that there is a disease that affects them.

However, I don't mean to be unkind - I can see that Oxalis Red Wine is a choice plant. 

As I said I've not grown it, but my instinct would be to cut it hard back and water it and wait for it to re-shoot.  If it's in a container I'd also re-pot with fresh compost.

Don't know what others think ............................ anyone got another idea ??? 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 06:38

Good morning all  

Strange day yesterday, but the past is behind us - onwards and upwards folks!  

Glad you had a lovely day yesterday Woody 

Hope OL's packed everything she needs for Carfest 

Think some of you in northern parts are getting cooler damper weather today but apparently over here in the east we may stay sunny until later in the day.  

I'm visiting son and then on to the Aged Ps, so won't be On Board much - I'll be driving around the sunny Suffolk countryside with my top down - until the rain starts 

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