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Garden produce recipes

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 22:58

I make tarte tatin with red onions and thyme.   Looking forward to some of that when my red onions ripen in a couple of weeks.   Sometimes I put goat's cheese on teh onions before putting on the pastry but the real trick is to cook the onions till caramelised.    Yum!

Help needed!

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 14:06

Hello Katie.

I live and garden in Belgium so the weather info is not applicable.

I like the simplicity of this site and only ever use it with a lap top so have no suggestions or need for other technology applications.   I've only once had problems loading photos and that was soon resolved.   

I never use quotes or smilies - they seem pointless and wouldn't want a lot of new features that make the sight more complex to use and navigate.   It already has everything I need to share and exchange info and opinions and some very knowledgeable contributors.  The Ignore feature is excellent for the occasional troll or eejit.   I've been on this forum a long time now and its former incarnation on the Beeb.  I don't think we need more mods as we police ourselves pretty well, alerting moderators and fellow posters when there's a problem.

I would just ask that the Followed Threads feature be more consistent as it seems hit and miss at the mo and I'd like an easy Search facility for topics.

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 18:23

Today I have finished making some Bengal chutney with some of the purple gooseberries and finished putting all the labels on the jellies and jams and marmalades.  Have had to reorganise my cupboards to accommodate them all and haven't yet started harvesting blackberries or toms or chilies.   Yikes!

I have 3kilos of cooked apples straining to make mint jelly and might do some with rosemary.   Off out to dead head hostas now and get some late afternoon sun.

Best time to move Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'?

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 17:19

I have moved mine successfully in late autumn - once it's finished flowering - and also in spring when the first shoots start to poke through.    It's a fabulous plant but yes, very tall and mine have spread with enthusiasm so I have quite a bit now and have given some to friends with big gardens.

Garden centre recommendations

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 16:40

When I lived in Harrow I used to get good quality plants at Syon Park but used local Wyevales for compost and stuff.

Cilla Black has died

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 15:14

She got her wish though.  Didn't want to live beyond 75 with a failing body.   Sad for her family though and her fans too.

Monty's new hat

Posted: 02/08/2015 at 13:48

I have several hats but don't wear any and one is a waxed cotton hat with a longer brim at the back bought especially for gardening on rainy days.   I've decided that now I can garden any day of the week I don't have to do it in the rain.

Moving plants

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 16:43

Does the new owner know you're taking those plants?  If not, they belong to them not you.

That said, if you water the plants thoroughly the evening before you want to dig them up and let them soak their roots, they will come up more easily and with less damage to the root ball.   Place them immediately in pots with fresh compost and keep them out of direct sun but in plenty of light and let them have time to recover and start growing fresh roots.   This will also give you time to prepare their new planting sites.  If you're pushed for space, wrap their roots in damp newspaper and tie up in a plastic bag till you can get them into pots or the ground in their new home.

Peonies don't mind being moved but are sensitive to planting depth so make sure they are planted at the same depth.   Make sure you have dead headed them so they don't waste energy on seeds.   The shrubs will do better if you can remove some of the top growth to reduce stress on the roots so shorten or thin the stems.

Keep them watered well so they don't stress between being dug up and getting established again.

Monty's new hat

Posted: 01/08/2015 at 11:10

Probably one of the stalls at the Tatton Show.  Lots of adverts for that sort of thing in The Garden magazine usually - RHS monthly mag for members with great articles and info.

Naughty Hosta - but time he was going for a softer brown to go with the wrinkles.

Naughty Obxx.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 15:36

I have seen some of these as I record them but tend to watch just the beginning and the end result after getting very frustrated by the middle part.

Let's not forget that these garden makeovers are aimed at people who haven't a clue and can't even manage basic watering or grass cutting so astro turf is definitely a good idea for them.  If they find they get the bug looking after their new plants they can always put down proper grass later on and add more plants for interest.

I don't like the format of the show but anything that gets more people gardening has to be good and maybe this will.

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