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Garden produce recipes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:53

You can pickle the whole green walnut when it is young so by the end of June in most places.   There's a recipe here -

The ones you've been given will be "wet" walnuts which just means the nut itself is still juicy.   Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a fan - 

You can google for more info.

A friend of mine makes a very moist and luscious walnut tea bread with theirs.

There's a recently planted grove of over 2000 walnut trees just up the road from me but they're not ready for harvesting in quantity yet.  I'm keeping an eye on them though.

Lawn care after moles

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 18:46

I can deal with the moles.  I have the technology.

It's the aftermath that is causing problems.

Lawn care after moles

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 17:47

Advice please.   Our lawn has been drilled and tunnelled by moles again this year and a combination of very dry weather followed by sudden downpours and then more dry weather has meant their tunnels have collapsed leaving mini trenches across large areas.

To add to the joy one of the dogs is a terrier and sits next to the tunnels and holes waiting to hear movement and then digs so there are head sized holes in the trenches.

It is unsightly, dangerous to walk on and uncomfortable to mow.

OH thinks we should put gravel down in the tunnels to deter the moles (as if!) and then top up with our own precious garden compost and reseed in September.

I think we should buy some soil based potting compost and fill the holes and trenches now and hope the grass will recover and seed it in September anyway.

Opinions please on the best way to recover our lawn.


Storing plant pots

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 16:27

I use the shelving from deceased plastic greenhouses.  They are lined up against the back wall of the house/garage in my work area and I store round and square pots of different sizes on separate shelves.  The top shelf is handy for trays of seeds, seedlings, cuttings and divisions as it is a north facing wall so doesn't get sun till after 3pm.


Garden produce recipes

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 13:23

Artjak - the one I sue is based on Delia Smith's recipe.  I just sprinkle over some crumbled goat's cheese once the onions are cooked and before putting in the pastry.  It's delicious and a huge success with vegetarians and omnivores.


Harlow Carr

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 10:16

Gertie - use the link to navigate around teh RHS website and find out about Wisley, the first garden, then Rosemoor in Devon and Hyde Hall in Essex.

Alternatively, go straight to the home page and click on from there -

If they are too far away, you could always do B&B for a night or two or make them part of a holiday.  They all need at least one good day to visit them and remember, access is free to members so check entry prices for two and compare that against the subscription.   I have just had a very happy little lie-in reading the August issue of the magazine........

Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 22:36

Gertie - no, not in PR but I do think the RHS and its works are amazing and that includes the gardens.   I think Harlow Carr will need several visits to see it all and also to see it at different seasons.    There'll be a plant shop too where you can buy treasures for your garden.

Have a look here - 


Harlow Carr

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:13

Yes and absolutely worth a visit.

I went in 2007 when Matthew Wilson was still the curator.  It has changed a lot since then with a new visitor centre, projects for schools and all sorts of new plantings.   Plan to spend several hours, if not a whole day, exploring the place thoroughly.

The café/restaurant is excellent too.

I'd love to go again if I'm ever up that way.

If you join the RHS you'll get free entry for 2 and a monthly magazine with articles on gardens and news about plants, methodologies, techniques, trials, nurseries etc plus access to experts who can help with problem solving.

In between raised beds

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 17:02

Depends on your budget.   Chipped bark, slate chippings or gravel laid on a weed suppressing membrane.  If you can get some on freecycle, old slabs would be good too.


Buddleja for just a year.

Posted: 04/08/2015 at 16:58

It is a weed when it sows itself in bombsites and railway sidings and Tube walls and other funny crevices but in a garden it can be beautiful and does attract and feed lots of butterflies who then have the energy they need to lay eggs and keep their cycle going.  

They do need proper pruning every spring - not difficult of onerous - to keep them to size.  I have just been out dead heading one of mine and that wasn't hard either.   It depends on the amount of time you have and your willingness to give each plant what it needs to keep a balance in your garden.

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