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Camera Corner

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 21:58

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38242.jpg?width=720&height=350&mode=max

 This is our back garden at the weekend. We are not low lying, in fact the opposite but on a bed of clay. By this morning it has started to drain and hopefully my plants won't all have drowned.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 20:44
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tala-950-Classic-Airtight-Storage/dp/B002SPDRZK/ref=sr_1_1/276-3532335-1958219?ie=UTF8&qid=1393193391&sr=8-1&keywords=tala+jars#productDescription

Are these the same jars Ivy? If so, I think they will be ok for preserving. Why don't you try something that de isn't matter if it spoils and see? They say they are air tight so should be ok 

One and the same Tracey. I'm going to give them a try with some marmalade, bubbling away nicely at the moment. Fingers crossed. Thank you to all for the messages. This place is great isn't it ?

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:47

Thanks Tracey but the seals are the orange rubber ones exactly as would have been on a Kilner jar.

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:20

I'm afraid they are labeled as storage nutcutlet. Just goes to show that you shouldn't be seduced by a bargain and that there is no substitute for the real thing. I think I've just gained some extra space for pasta and rice !

Slightly off topic but preserving fruit

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 20:36

I have just bought 6 Tala storage jars from a local homewares shop, in all intents exactly the same as Kilners. However on reading the small print it specifically says no boiling water, and not to use in the oven. With Kilners my traditional method was to sterilize the jars in the oven then top up the fruit with boiling water. Does anybody have any tips or have I wasted my money ?

Many thanks all.

Thinking of buying

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 21:00

Thanks fidgetbones. I don't have room for more than a dozen plants but will put them in the sunniest corner. 

Thinking of buying

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:41

Apart from Swift which was not good last year they are all new to me. I put the failure of my sweetcorn down to a grey and cloudy summer here in the East. Any thoughts on these from friends will be welcome

 

Thinking of buying

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:18

Although it's still too wet to walk on the plot, there are standing puddled, I browsed the shelves in Wilco this morning and am looking at ...

...carrot Paris Market, sweetcorn Swift, parsnips Student and Gladiator, runner Prizewinner and dwarf french Tendercrop. Buy 3 and get the cheapest free offer on at the moment.

Outdoor Cucumbers

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:52

I grew Marketmore in the greenhouse last year and agree with the comments above. Inedible without peeling and the seeds were rather large. Won't be using them again so any recommendations welcome.

Another tomato question

Posted: 21/01/2014 at 22:47

Thanks both. I'll give them a try and maybe raise a couple out of interest but I'll order some new to be safe. It's quite an expensive variety, £3.99 for 6 seeds, so might just go for Gardener's Delight which I know work.

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