Green Magpie


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How to grow your own Thai curry ingredients and cut down on food miles

Posted: Today at 18:26

Where do you get the seeds for Vietnamese coriander?


Chillies seem to work for me in alternate years - which is just as well, as I still have a bag of them in the freezer from the sunner before last!

Mint leaves

Posted: Today at 16:00

Mint and parsley stirred into couscous, to serve with spicy stews.

How to grow your own Thai curry ingredients and cut down on food miles

Posted: Today at 15:56

I've got some lemongrass growing well in a pot. A.couple of months ago I bought a pack of fresh (well, not very fresh really) lemongrass stalks, and put three of them in water for a week or so. When roots appeared, I put the plants into a pot of compost. I will try to keep it indoors in winter, but for now it's thriving in a sunny spot in the garden.


Coriander grows well and you can collect the seeds to use as a spice or to grow another crop.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 13:31

Ah yes, if you buy a plain "New York" type cheesecake, and serve it with a compote of blackcurrants, it's much more fresh and zingy than those jammy-topped cheesecakes you can buy.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 19/07/2016 at 08:04

The liqueur I made was with vodka, but I'm sure white rum would work just as well. Use similar quantities and method to sloe gin or other fruit liqueurs.

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:13

I make jam and cordial, and freeze some. The  frozen ones can be used to liven up puddings like apple crumble, and I love a handful in a fruit salad, to give it a bit of a kick.


I tried making blackcurrant wine, but it was too acidic, not good. A liqueur was more successful: blackcurrants steeped in vodka and sugar, to make a drink similar to Kir.

Potato Blight

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 08:53

I grow Charlotte because although the tops get blighted, the tubers seem unaffected. One particularly bad year, the tops died back so soon that the tubers didn't grow much, but they have never shown signs of blight.

Potato Blight

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 17:10

Ooh thanks,  allotment lady. I am less bothered by it on the potatoes, as I grow Charlotte, which seem to survive it, but does milk work on tomatoes in the. same way?

Potato Blight

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 14:23

On eBay, I have bought a "Copper Sulphate and Lime Mixture", which claims to be similar to BM. It comes as two separate substances that you combine according to instructions.I haven't tried ityet, as I still have some illicit BM to use up.

what dunnit?

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 22:51

I often n get a red itchy rash on my forearms after gardening. It isn't as virulent as yours, but the thing that helps me is to splash some witch hazel all.over the affected part. It may sting for a few moments, and then  it soothes the sore skin very quickly.

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