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Talkback: Lost crop of the Incas

Posted: 03/08/2007 at 12:56
Great to hear your plants are flourishing, Bernadette, but just two plants produce more than enough achocha for my family. With six plants you'll be feeding the neighbourhood! Do let us know what you think of them. Remember, small 'fruits' that have not yet formed seeds can be cooked whole. Once they reach their full size (about 7.5cm/3in long) you'll find hard flat black seeds developing inside. I split fruits in half, removing the seeds which grow on a white stem. Towards the end of summer I'll leave a few fruits to fully mature on the plants, and collect these seeds to sow next year or give to friends.

Talkback: New arrivals

Posted: 03/08/2007 at 12:49
Thanks for the feedback from as far afield as Chicago. It's great to see we have readers right across the world. Rats are a global problem, and I'm horrified by the figure of 3 billion rats, Simon. Can that really be true? It is certainly worth be vigilant, especially if you feed birds or provide cozy habitats around your garden where rats could live.

Talkback: Summer's here!

Posted: 02/08/2007 at 19:53
I haven't eaten kohl rabi either - what do you do with it?

Talkback: New arrivals

Posted: 02/08/2007 at 15:07
Rats have never had it so good as around the Sutton area. According to Sutton & Surrey Water there are upwards of 3 billion currently in the water system. Plans under consideration include the supply of air guns and/or Jack Russells to all residents with their next water bills. Global warming eh!!

Talkback: Cake day

Posted: 02/08/2007 at 11:25
I have solved the problem of keeping snails from favourite plants. Where do I go with my idea? I know it works!

Talkback: Lost crop of the Incas

Posted: 01/08/2007 at 18:07
Beware - my mother gave me just 6 seeds. I started them off in coir pots, then planted them out with a wire fence to climb, they grew quickly, and have now spread, climbing over the beans, peas, melons, fennel and tomatos! They are trying to bridge the gap to my sweetcorn! The melons seem to like it, but it was too much for the tomatoes which got totally swamped whilst I was away for a couple of weeks. I hope they are yummy, or I will be very sorry I planted them among other veg! Next year I may let them battle it out with the brambles, or iscolate them on the other side of the garden!

Talkback: Seeing double

Posted: 01/08/2007 at 17:54
Thanks Elizabeth. And I thought mine was unique! I wonder how common this is, and whether other people have seen it in previous years? When strange things like this happen, and flowers develop abnormally, this can be called fasciation. A shock of some sort, or damage to the growing bud, causes abnormal growth. I know for certain that no hormone weedkillers have been used in my garden, so this can't be the cause. What do you think?

Talkback: Seeing double

Posted: 31/07/2007 at 20:25
I too have these two faced Dahlias - I thought I had something very rare as I have gardened for many, many years (I am 81 years old), and I have never seen anything like this before. So I had better just go back to my garden and do some work as it would seem my double faced Dahlia wont make me a millionaire after all!

Talkback: Snail attack

Posted: 29/07/2007 at 21:53
I too have been told slugs have a homing instinct, but at least I feel better when I find some and toss them over the wall onto the road. They have to run the gauntlet of the trafic before they get a meal on the back of my work.

Talkback: Carrot crisis

Posted: 29/07/2007 at 10:34
We have been growing veg in raised borders for a couple of years with some success. Can any one let me know what sort of veg I can sow now for harvest later in the year or that can be harvested in the spring?

Also having recently dug over a lawned area for growing veg what can I add to the soil to improve it? I tried well rotted horse manure from a garden centre ,and it seemed to hinder plants not help them...can any one help...thanks

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