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The best way to keep to store

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 23:04


Store the K.Es in a strong paper sack after you've dried and then checked them over for rot, green or slug damage. If kept somewhere dry and dark and not too warm they should last for a good while. Occasionally check them for sprouting and remove any sprouts that may have developed. They may, if kept a long time, shrink a bit but they will still be edible - better than frosted and useless.

The best way to keep to store

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 21:30

Jams, jellies and chutneys are our preferred methods for most fruits. Bottling has been hit and miss depending on the airtightness of the jars used although wines or spirits as the bottling juice are very effective in preservation.  I open-freeze berries of all sorts and beans of various types without blanching and they keep very well. I still have 3 'turks head' squash on the side more for their decorative value as I can't imagine there is much edible flesh inside them and I know they'll need the chainsaw technique now to get in.

I tried salting runners once, never again. They were 'orrible!

Good luck with your crops give it all a try.

Talkback: Can I stop bird seed germinating?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 21:50
Run your chickens under the feeders.

ID orange thistle-like flowers

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 22:30

Don't let the 'fox and cubs' loose in your garden if you can avoid it. Invasive is not my description, more like like total takeover. Pity the hens won't eat it like they do dandelions. Seems to spread by aerial seed (like dandelions) and sub soil runners as well!.


Posted: 30/10/2014 at 17:45

After you cut the fruits off stand them, stalk down, on flower pots to finish ripening. Mine were all beautifully orange this year.

No fruit showing on Butternut Squash in polytunnel

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 21:45

Looks like I'll have to be patient then. Just got the one fruit now but masses of, presumably, male flowers. Fingers crossed then. My 4 plants are in a greeenhouse this 

Talkback: How to grow hippeastrum

Posted: 03/01/2014 at 12:39

I fully agree with the 'leave them to die down naturally' faction. I 'inherited' about 8 bulbs with my current house and, after removing 'baby bulblets', now have 27 very healthy plants. Only the big ones flower but they do this reliably every year at random times. The babies are growing on nicely and I hope to see flowers from them in due course. Patience is the key. Mine too live in a west-facing porch on window shelves thoughtfully created by by my dear spouse but we are in West Wales. Good luck, just remove the dead leaves/flower stem once they've fallen right over.  I repot occasionally, not every year and I will have to start to feed them when I remember. I have to admit that I do, actually tend to neglect them. Poor things.

Cover side of shed

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 12:23

Or winter flowering jasmine for glorious bright yellow flowers in the cold months. Also evergreen. Does need to be kept under control by judicious pruning.


Posted: 12/10/2012 at 15:05

Go for the biggest one you can afford and have space for.  Ideally concrete onto a solid base (single row of bricks?) so it cannot shift in the wind and twist the frame out of shape. Glass is clearer and allows more light in but poly does have the advantages of being lighter to handle and less pront breakage. As much movable shelving as you can get made out of alsorts and you will have an extremely useful piece of garden equipment.

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Talkback: Can I stop bird seed germinating?

Run your chickens under the feeders. 
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