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Freezing runner beans

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 15:11


Freezing runner beans

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 13:20

Prepare them as you would for cooking i.e. top, tail and remove strings, then slice as you like them.

Then you can blanch them in boiling water for 2 mins before cooling quickly, packing and freezing.

They can be frozen without freezing, but they won't keep as long and the texture will not be as good.


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:20

Pat - try some good live yoghurt - it'll help your gut to repopulate with good bacteria etc and that'll help it to work properly

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:12

Verdun!  You pushed

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:11

Snap!  Verdun

bright green leaves

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 12:08

At a complete guess the sambucus is S. Sutherland Gold  -  I've never been able to get it to do well for me.

Is the other one Choisya Sundance perhaps?

As Hosta says, a photo would help but I couldn't resist having a guess


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:34

It's a lovely mild morning - short-sleeved tee shirt weather - and I'm pottering in the garden

honeysuckle mildew

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 11:27

Powdery mildews are host specific - however because it often strikes when plants have been weakened by a cultural problem, it can appear to spread. 

Honeysuckle often succumbs to it's own Powdery Mildew when it is suffering from dryness at the roots. 

If the amelanchier is also a bit dry at the roots maybe that's why it's own form of mildew has struck?  I wouldn't worry about it doing too much harm to the tree at this time of year, the leaves have served their purpose and will soon be falling.  I'd gather them up when they fall, and burn them.


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 10:06

Fg - that looks absolutely glorious   Hope we get similar weather down in the south-west - starting Thursday - cross your fingers for us


Posted: 13/09/2015 at 09:19

At least that would help prevent me from growing 30+ tomato plants again ...

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