Latest posts by Obelixx


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 01:16

Muddle up - Priorities!! Get that sink in the garden doing something useful like being a pot washer sink or plant watering and soaking sink or a safe place to stash wee pots of cuttings and divisions.    Mine serves as all three depending on time of year.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 30/07/2016 at 01:07

DHR - is it always a criticism or do you post other stuff too?

I am now on the 3rd of this series waiting for cake to cool enough for the  to go on - and enjoying it so far.   Some good ideas and nice to see "designers" using metal builders' mesh as trellis too.   I've been doing it for years.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:44

Get round that by addressing the poster concerned.   Saves quoting and is easier to read.

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 21:28

The quote facility has been having glitches lately.   Never seen the need to use it myself.

'But they said anyone can grow this plant!'

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:27

Montbretias/crocosmias, Chinese lanterns and anything too nesh to cope with a serious winter so no evergreen viburnums or eleagnus or salvias or clematis alpina, macropetala or montana.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:21

Love the cupboard MU.

We have a long 50s base unit with a red formica top which has cupboards, drawers and a pull out, fold out table which I absolutely love but it needs a serious paint job and won't fit in the new house so is staying behind.  I have a 30s dresser thingy I painted plain cream which is coming with us.  It holds OH's collection of Belgian beer glasses.

Have to make a chocolate beetroot cake now for Possum.  It's her last day at her student job tomorrow - counting takings at Walibi, a theme park.   She's shattered and looking forward to a lie in on Sunday.

Clari - impressive!

No magnums here but I may just have a wee bowl of proper ice cream with hot chocolate sauce later while I wait for the cake to cool for its ganache topping.......

Last edited: 29 July 2016 20:22:33

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 20:07

Kitty - I don't watch soaps or X-factor or the Voice either.   Documentaries, news and current events, some thrillers plus Strictly, gardening (not Love your garden) and cooking for me (no more HBs either cos Myers is a pirrock).   Like Si tho.

I have all of this series to watch yet except yesterday's which I enjoyed because it had features I like and was a good design and I suspect this couple will keep it maintained so it has sustainability.


Posted: 29/07/2016 at 12:00

I bake too PP but have had to stop making biscuits and cakes for us.   Did them for dance club gatherings instead so we just got a small portion and also for my weekly stint of English conversation with local scientists I used as guinea pigs for new recipes.

Limousins are gorgeous but the Belgian BBs are only pretty about the face.  The rest is just too much.

Share your produce recipes with us

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:49

Lots of things to do with beetroot - chocolate cake is delish and moist; curried with onions, tomatoes, cumin and a bit of chilli; baked with butterbeans, cream and horseradish with a cheese gratin topping; roast in tin foil with garlic, thyme and olive oil; as one of the ingredients in sweet and sour red salad -



250g / 8oz red cabbage, shredded
430g / 15oz tin         red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
125g / 4oz radishes, sliced
1              small red onion, sliced thinly
1              red bell pepper, cored and diced
250g / 8oz beetroot, cooked and cut into strips
1              red apple, cored and cut into chunks

4 tbs        red wine vinegar
4 tbs        soft brown sugar
2 tbs        light soy sauce
2 tbs        sunflower, safflower, rapeseed or grapeseed oil

Cover the cabbage with boiling water and leave for 5 minutes without further heat.  Drain well.
Combine all the salad ingredients.
Combine all the dressing ingredients and taste for seasoning.   Some people find it more sweet than sour so you may want to adjust the vinegar levels.

Toss the salad in the dressing and serve.   The salad benefits from being left to marinate an hour or two before serving and keeps well for at least a week.   

imrpoving soil for the rose bushes.

Posted: 29/07/2016 at 11:42

Improving clay is a long process unless you can go in deep and dig out the whole lot and mix it with pea gravel and manure as Dave suggests.   It will be back breaking and possibly spade and/or fork breaking hence my suggestion that you try the multiple applications of generous layers of compost and manure every autumn.

Adding similar organic matter and pea gravel will also help in your badly drained areas.

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