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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.

Another tomato question

Posted: 20/01/2014 at 22:21

I have saved a batch of seeds from Unwin's tomato Superb but have just discovered from the old pack that they are F1 Hybrid. Does anybody know what will happen if I sow these ?

Many thanks.


Posted: 11/01/2014 at 22:06

Joining in the fun, I don't eat toms. myself but my family are great fans. In the greenhouse I've grown Gardener's Delight for years, saving some seed each time and they are prolific croppers and I'm told quite sweet. After an article in GW Magazine last year  I tried Superb, £3 for a pack of 6 seeds, bit steep I thought, and whether it was the summer or not they took an age to set and I didn't get any to ripen until late August. Apparently very sweet and fruity so I've saved a batch for sowing next weekend. My outdoor crop, were Principe Borghese, a packet I bought in Rome for fun about 10 years ago. These are small oval shaped fruits but the whole batch succumbed to blight before any ripened. I still have about a dozen seeds from two years ago and will try these again too.


Posted: 23/12/2013 at 18:58

Got out fairly early, 9:30, to do the supermarket sweep and have to admit I really quite enjoyed it. Just went round at my own pace ignoring the elbows looking at all the festive goodies and listening to the seasonal music. All done until I discover that one missing ingredient.

I've never seen this before

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:24

It's actually gone in the green bin. I assumed that they wouldn't transplant at this time of the year and I still have half a packet of seeds left which I will start off in February. It was supposed to be black but was in fact deep purple.

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