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Talkback: Cooking elderberries

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 21:55

Don't forget elderberry wine, and elderberry vinegar as an old cure for colds.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 21:53

That sounds good, Dove. Ease on down to retirement. My dad found out that his final years holiday was double. When he started , he didn't get any holiday the first year. He was always a year in hand, but people starting some years later, had their holiday entitlement fron the first year. So in his final year, he got both.

 Everything comes to those that wait.

Tips & hints

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 21:44

Is that because you have no suitable soil/land?

 The trouble with pots is you have to control everything. The soil/compost has to be right, they have to be fed regularly, you have to make sure they are not too wet, but they don't dry out.

You can get it right, but it's easier in the soil,especially if you have to factor in work, holidays, etc.


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 21:36

I just take out the very thick stems, which are a few years old, and any that rub or cross against another, which will let in disease. This year, many of the branches got very long, so they were dragging on the ground, and I have pruned out the very outside ones, and tipped some of the very long shoots.

Preparing greenhouse beds

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 21:01

That sounds good to me.

Tips & hints

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:28

The only thing missing this year was the water. With the use of a hosepipe, I had bumper crops all round.

Potatoes like a lot of water. Beans set better with frequent waterings.

Herbs like a dryish, free draining poor soil.

 Are you growing in the soil or in pots.?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 20:20

Chucking it down here. I've been drooling over Gino di Campos lemons. Now he's onto mozzarella. Its all a bit summery.

 I think I might make Delias apple cake tomorrow.

More help needed with ID

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:59

The local garden centre had a patch of these growing to demonstrate . I thought it looked like a lot of cheap annuals, godetia, calendula at the time were prominent.

seed share

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:44

Thanks , Nut, I got my seeds today. Are you likely to be visiting son or vice versa soon.? Or when it dies down I can post the rootstock for the  Acanthus to you.

Saffron seeds?

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:36

Saffron bulbs will flower and the stamens are harvested for the saffron filaments used as a spice.

Saffron seeds will have to grow into plants, die down as bulbs, regrow, flower etc as above.  You do not use either the bulbs or the seeds as a spice/flavouring, only the stamens of the flower.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

Felley Priory Bluebells.

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Hidcote on Easter Sunday

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bluebells at Felley priory.

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The glory of Daffodils

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Talkback: Growing kale

This year I have sown seaweed kale,cavolo nero, and brukale. I sow one seed to a module in the polytunnel, then plant out 30cm or a foot apa... 
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I am a sniffer.

What leaves do you like to smell? 
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For hellebore enthusiasts.

John Masseys garden is open this Saturday behind Ashwood Nursery. 
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intended trip on Wednesday 12th February 
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unusual bird nest

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Gardeners Freebies (for the cost of postage.)

magazine/newspaper offers of plants or seeds for the cost of postage. 
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Bug id please.

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odd aquilegias.

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tree bumblebees in a bird box

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Oxygenating sprinklers.

Pure rain v ordinary sprinkler. 
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