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Latest posts by Melspade

Tomato variety suggestions

Posted: 26/08/2014 at 11:45

Shop bought Toms don't hold a candle to home grown ones.  I have to say I get quite depressed when I have picked that very last of my homw grown toms - does anyone feel the same?

Tomato variety suggestions

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 11:12

I have been growing Hungarian Strawberry for the last couple of years, along with lots of smaller ones (and also Costoluta (mentioned previously).  I really like the hungarian Strawberry (available from Real Seeds) but mainly use both of these in cooking, leaving the Cherry types for eating, i.e. Sungold, Ildi and Black Russion.  Tried this for the first time this year and quite impressed.  Always save my seeds as I never know what I am going to get the next year, but always delicious.

Good year for sweetcorn?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 10:56

Just love them cooked with butter until browning - so delicious.

Canada Geese going home : (

Posted: 21/08/2014 at 09:07

Still got second brood of house martins in the nest.  Just starting to poke their heads out, but guess they won't be fledging for at least another week.

Crown Prince squash???

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 09:01

I have grown Crown Prince this year, along with Honey Bear, Celebration, Black Futsi and a couple of others whose names I can't recall.  I have to say this is my first year with Crown Prince and they are Huge, bigger than a football, but such a wonderful silver grey.  I certainly wouldn't like to speculate on what you have got there Dove, but lets hope we have a long warm autumn so you get something worthwhile from it.  I started another forum topic yesterday as I wasn't sure when to harvest as the weather has certainly brought them on quickly this year.


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.

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Help - I need to move frogs

Clearing out a bank full of frogs 
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Winter Squash harvest time

When to pick 
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