emma lou

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Swiss Chard/Bletts

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 18:39

Thankyou. I thought as much. Yes it was nice. Will have to blanch the rest. Certainly goes a long way. Try is with garlic, red onion, seasoning, reduce in white wine and add parmesan in at the end!

Swiss Chard/Bletts

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 08:33

I have some swiss chard grown by our neighbour. Last year I just cooked the stems and some of the leaves with some white wine, red onion and parmesan etc. However this year I have way too much. How can I freeze it and can I just chop it up like cabbage and freeze it or does it need to be blanched? Can I basically use all of the chard apart from the centre stem? I have left some of the leaves for the chickens but not sure whether it all freezes that well.

Thanks in advance.

lots of melon flowers - no fruit...

Posted: 13/08/2016 at 05:23

Well, I will reply as I too have raised a subject of melons on here and received no response. I also live in France so can relate to your problem. For ages I had lots of flowers and no melons growing. I was told by a neighbour it is too late for them now, however 2 weeks after she said that I had an influx of melons growing. They seem very late but not sure as this is my first year growing them. I now have 6. However I do not know when they are ripe so unsure about picking them. They are supposed to be softer at the stem and smell ripe but mine are neither. I thought they would ripen after picking myself??? Do you not have even tiny melons off of the flowers? I have had to hunt hard for mine but they are only just starting to grow with abundance now. Good Luck

Charentais melon

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 10:20

I am growing melon atm which I think is a charentais. My neighbour said it seems a bit late for them but anyway I have 3 nearly ready and many small ones which may or may not happen. The ones that are ready (ie size wise) are not soft at the stem or smell ripe. In fact they don't smell of anything, so I am not sure when I should pick them. One inparticular is a good size but I am reluctant to pick it. Can anyone help please? Should I just pick it and wait for it to ripen?

Fruit trees

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 06:45

Many thanks. We will probably leave em where they are and make thatinto a fruit garden and recreate a veg garden. The fruit garden is full sun. There isn't much to prune on the gooseberries as you said but will prune back the raspberries and maybe leave the blackcurrants.

Fruit trees

Posted: 04/08/2016 at 12:33

Thanks for the replies. They are in full sun. The raspberries are 2 years, some were planted last year as were the blackcurrants and gooseberries. I should leave them all be until next year then but can I prune back the raspberries? If I leave them as they are (and not prune) is there a problem transplanting them all elsewhere in the garden in the Winter or will I lose next years feuit by doing so? Is it just the pruning that affects the fruit?

Last edited: 04 August 2016 12:37:02

Fruit trees

Posted: 03/08/2016 at 20:03

We have a number of blackcurrant, raspberry and gooseberry bushes. The raspberries have been OK ish, not great but the others are new so no fruit this year. We ideally want to move them for next season.

Firstly, can we prune them back now as we have no fruit?

Secondly, can we move them once cut back?

Thirdly, if we move them, will we face the same problems with lack of fruit next year?

Disposing of Slugs

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 19:04

Our chickens love slugs. They go mad for them.I thought the salt disintergrated slugs? If you use a yoghurt pot full of cheap beer they will just fall in and then dispose of the pot?

Last edited: 31 July 2016 19:06:37

Runner bamboo - how to stop it

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 11:52

We lined ours with a very heavy duty plastic liner. It was expensive and hard to put in but worth the effort. I would say it would be difficult to do now but if you can trace it back to the original bamboo but sounds hard work.


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 03:40

Our lavender was full sun in the ground for a couple of years and for some reason did really really badly. This year I have put them in pots by the front door (semi to full shade) and they are thriving. How bizarre?

Last edited: 18 July 2016 03:42:06

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