Latest posts by ginagibbs

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Posted: 17/09/2016 at 12:26

Hi GWRS, tree was about 150 yrs old, it sadly died, we have lost a lot of our trees lately, we have a honey fungus problem and I think they are all quite old. 

not grown tomatillos, will have to try them

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Posted: 15/09/2016 at 15:36

Hi all, been off for week so catching up on your news, sorry to hear about your leg Zoomer, glad your better. Used to have a horse with that problem,it was a nightmare,both his back legs would swell up really badly. Used hot and cold compresses to try and get the swelling down

Everything growing really well, only had blight on 2 tomato plants so whipped them out quick! courgettes and tomato' s seem to be never ending, having to get very inventive about cooking them. Luckily hubby likes them.

Had to get the garden back into shape since the cedar tree was removed, so not much time spent at the plot. we have leveled the area and put gravel over for our outdoor dining set, looks very smart now. only had time to do a quick harvest and mow the paths before it gets dark.

Chinese man on plot next door is clearing his plot and planting now so its a lot nicer 

Had some great news, a letter from the Council inviting me to the prize giving evening again, its not till October so I will let you know how I get on!! (got a certificate for best new comer last time)

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Posted: 26/08/2016 at 13:17

Hi all,

spent a good 4 hours at the plot yesterday, watering , weeding, harvesting, mowing etc so all up to scratch again! (was feeling guilty as I hav'ent been up much lately, garden and social life taken over a bit!!) Came home with 2 big bags of produce, we are living on courgettes and tomatoes still! 

have a lovely weekend

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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 15:29

Hi all, just caught up with all your posts, been working in Cirencester, so not able to access this site till my broadband is sorted there. 

Having a great year for squash and toms, will make chutney tonight as i have so many to get through. Got away with not getting blight on my outdoor tomatoes thank goodness, so will have tomatoes for some time this summer! 

we have had some rain at last,

Shed sounds impressive GG, put up some pics when you can. 

We have chickens on our site, I feed them all the slugs and snails I come across, so they cluck when they see me coming

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Posted: 09/08/2016 at 09:57

well done Garden Girl, that trophy will look good on your mantle piece!! Your Dalias look beautiful, suprised you didnt get a prize for those!

 Our local  allotment society show is this weekend but I wont be entering as I have to take hubby to work, and then go and exercise the horse! 

Courgettes and squash doing really well this year, we've got loads!! made a lovely Tai curry and coconut milk courgette soup last night, followed by Halloumi cheese and veg kebabs (all from the plot ), with a spicy rice and bean dish Yum!

I had almost forgotten I was given a Nigel Slater cook book thats got some lovely veg receipts in it, so will have a go at some of his ideas tonight. Might make some courgette pickle too.

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Posted: 04/08/2016 at 14:54

Hi all

went to my plot yesteday and picked peas, beans beetroot, strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and yet more courgettes!! Dinner was all from the plot except the salmon 0ops I've pressed something thats made it all go big lol

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Posted: 01/08/2016 at 11:54

Good luck for the show Garden Girl. I have been watching Charlie Dymock too, a bit cheesy, but at least its about gardening!!

Went up to the plot Saturday night to do watering, all I had time for. Harvested some more cougettes Patty pans etc and more beetroot, all been fantastic this year. Planted more peas, had better success growing from seed in greenhouse than sowing direct. 

Made some more Panacotta's yesterday for pudding, this time served with blackberry coulis (picked from plot) yumm!!! 

thanks for the tip about roasting the artichokes GWRS

Starting to rain here now, we really need it, its been so dry lately.

have a good week everyone

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Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:49

Hi GWRS, alls well thanks. Courgettes that are not doing that well are in the bed where I had spuds. Had to take spuds out pronto as we had blight. Dug it over and added horse muck but its been quite dry although I have watered them. They did look a bit better yesterday, it might be that they need to settle in? Had a good crop off the other bed though. 

I have jerusalem artichokes too, quite like the flowers and the taste of the roots but take forever to peel!

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Posted: 28/07/2016 at 10:49

Hope your injuries get better GG! We are not allowed bonfires during summer months here.

I use an arch like yours GWRS to train some apple trees over. Still short at the moment though. 

Getting lots of squash, I have 2 beds and one is doing much better than the other, not sure why.

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Posted: 23/07/2016 at 13:57

Hi all, back from a 2 week break, mainly spent in the garden, or on the plot, so had a great time and got a lot done, especially in the garden, as we had a 100 yr old cedar removed a few months ago  so had to level the ground and get rid of loads of chippings etc. Garden now in full sun though so thats a bonus, and a good excuse to make new flower beds.

Plot is looking great, had plenty of beetroot, a few peas (that make it home!!) soft fruits and courgettes. a few spuds had blight so dug them all up to rescue what I could. All the other produce needs a little longer to fatten up.

Great day you must have had GWRS, never done a veg show. Will be interesting to see if I get another prize for best allotment this year (been keeping it extra neat 

Happy weekend everyone

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