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Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:28

I am envious of you Yviestevie as I have been looking for comfrey for ages, after moving house and leaving my existing clumps behind..  Had to grow it from seed this year, and it is at last taking off.  I harvest it regularly to make comfrey tea to feed my tomatoes all through the season, and also to lay on the ground around the veg area.  It makes a great addition to the compost heaps as well, so I use a lot of it and because I cut it so regularly it never seems to get out of control.  Plus the bees love the flowers, so good all round from my point of view

Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:21

Does anyone know of a squash jam or preserve of some kind?

Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 14:20

Thanks, that is what I will do.


Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 12:19

I generally cut them and then harden them off on the racking in the greenhouse, which seems to work.  So you think I should harden them off on the plant before cutting?

Winter Squash harvest time

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:51

Can anyone advise me.  This year my winter squashes seem to be so much earlier - in keeping with most other veg I have to say.  If I start picking them now, as some are the size of footballs!!, will it be to the detriment of the flavour.  Due to their size I feel I should pick them soon, but my gut tells me to wait a bit longer to give them time to fully ripen and flavour up.  Your input would be most appreciated.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 11:07

Picked the majority of mine yesterday, although had about 5 cobs last weekend and made chowder, which was delicious.  I find that I can't resist eating them straight off the plant, so sweet and delicious, and I persuade myself more healthy as not smothered with butter!!  Give it a try if you have not thought of eating them 'raw', as I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 10:53

I am so jealous of you all.  I had so many courgettes last year and this year has been an abject failure - only three this year from 7 plants.  However my winter squashes have taken over half the garden and have counted 18 ready for picking with a few more that may bulk up if we have a good autumn.  I will carry on reading the thread, dreaming of the gallons (well quite a lot anyway) of Courgette, potato and cheese soup I made last year and froze, which is now all gone, with no hope of replacing - Boo Whoo Whoo.

where to buy watering spikes

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:42

Try Harrod Horticulture (internet) - I use them a lot and am very pleased with all I get.  They sell IRISO water spikes that they claim fit most water bottles and are adjustable - set of 4 are £11.80.  Never used them, but I am sure the reviews will give you info about whether they are any good.  Best of luck.

Got Big Courgettes. Recipes, please!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:46

Look up courgette, potato and cheese soup - truly delicious and freezes well.

Potato plants dying - whats happening?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 11:45

Hi Alex.  I tend to dig mine up on a dry day, leave them on the surface for a while to dry off thoroughly and then bag up in either hessian sacks or netting bag, definitely not plastic as if still damp will rot.  I keep them in the garage, where the temperature stays pretty constant, but anywhere that is not too hot or cold.  This seems to work for me anyway.  I check them regularly, any bad smell and you are best tipping them all out and making sure none are rotting, as this will progress through them all - really horrible stink!  Good luck

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Help - I need to move frogs

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