Latest posts by Obelixx

Vegetables/edible plants to grow in flower beds/borders

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 16:09

Try and find a copy of the ornamental Kitchen Garden by Geoff Hamilton.  Often turns up in charity shops but maybe on Amazon or E-bay.

I have seen ruby chard, cavolo nero and red onions grown with Bishop of Llandaff dahlia at Kalmthout Arboretum.  Looked very good.   Fennel is an attractive plant and then there's purple sprouting broccoli and cut and come again leafy salads.   You could grow green beans up an obelisk or wigwam of hazel poles.   Their flowers are attractive.    

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 15:39

Great to have something positive DD.   We're all with you in spirit.    I think maybe you should try a new approach to your OH - 1st answer to any ideas or requests or suggestions should be No.  And the 2nd and maybe 3rd before you progress to "I'll think about it" and then give yourself time to decide if it's good for you.   This last one clearly isn't so tell him that on reflection you have changed your mind and then stay firm.   He'll bully you but stay firm.   Rant and scream on her if it helps.

That cake certainly looks more chapeau than gateau Hazel.

Quiet day here.  I've been reading and pottering and thinking about kitchens.  Now to draw it up to scale on A3 paper since the online modelling system is eensy teeny weeny in scale and won't let me have 2 water supplies.  It also believes dishwashers live under or next to sinks and ours doesn't.  Obviously a man-made programme.   

Must go and pot up the chilli jam.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 10/01/2017 at 14:53

Yesterday we had sunshine and 12C.  Today it is cold and grey and very dull.  The forecast is for snow in inland areas later on but not here nearer the coast.   I hope we get rain at least so the greyness is productive.

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Posted: 09/01/2017 at 13:43

Ours don't mind Pat, but then they do love a good rub down afterwards.    Drizzle here now.   OH's problem for walkies as I have banged my toes and am resting them for a few days as I seem to have cracked one.

Cleaning all done with OH's help and house aired without losing a kitten although I found Minstrel all roly-poly upstairs on an outside window sill so brought her in and closed the shutter just in case she's caught Cosmos clumsyitis.   He's the most accident prone kitten I've ever met.

Enjoy your snooze Dove.  Hope you clear up in time to enjoy Norfolk Busy.


Posted: 09/01/2017 at 13:25

Hawthorn will get huge very quickly.   Some sorbus varieties are good and will help wildlife.

Have a read of this article in teh Daily Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/how-to-grow/the-best-trees-for-small-gardens/ 

A mouse in the house

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 09:37

Mice and rats in the garden are one thing; indoors, quite another and not acceptable for all the reasons stated above.  Use a good quality rat poison left well out of sight and reach of children and household pets.   Dogs and cats are good but not 100% effective.

We have recently moved from one old farmhouse and garden to another.  Both have rodents of various sizes in the garden but this one has rats that have eaten a crater in the insulation under the car bonnet and left droppings near essential cables so I have used sachets of poison.   They've also eaten some collected seeds stored in the outhouse.   Not part of the deal.

Clean affected areas thoroughly and make sure no food scraps are left out.   Be careful where you store bird food and make sure none is left on the ground at feeding stations overnight.

Last edited: 09 January 2017 09:38:55

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 09/01/2017 at 09:29

Morning all.   Sunny bits and cloudy bits and 7C here so I can safely put the Xmas tree outside.  It's rooted so I hope will grow.

Minstrel may have stopped singing but she's gone grumpy.  Sits on their sheepskin growling for no reason and then rolls around on the rug pulling herself along by her claws.  Very odd.  It passes tho and then we get to hephalumps stampeding upstairs which reminds me, I loved that colourful knitted one.  Didn't get any knitting done last night as Cosmos was helping.

Made a double ration of chilli jam yesterday only to find I haven't enough jars - perils of moving - so I need to go out and buy some and then have a serious talk with OH about our kitchen.  He avoided it all weekend by being "busy".

When do you leave Pd?

Stay safe and warm everyone, especially the sickies and the healing and anyone trying to get around London today.


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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 18:27

Peter Sarstedt - and so it goes on..........

Hello Forkers January 2017 Edition

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 17:08

Good luck to you Fidget.  We have moved because we knew we didn't want to be managing the Belgian house when we were 80.   Surrounded by agricultural land so no chance of being built around but the house and garden were just too much for our later years and I was fed up of killer winters.  

The process of selling, packing up and moving on is hard work, stressful, exciting and sometimes hilarious but we are now much more relaxed and have the time to do things our way and at our own pace.   I hope it goes well for you and you have time to take cuttings and gather seeds of your treasures.

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Posted: 08/01/2017 at 16:26

I expect you could make green chilli jam if you used unripe toms and green chillies.   Here's my recipe i case you want to adapt it:-

Sweet chili jam with garlic and ginger

 225g               chilli peppers or less or more depending on taste
400g               red/bell pepper - cleaned, deseeded and roughly chopped
600g               onion - chopped
400g tin         chopped tomatoes
1.5kg              sugar
750ml             cider vinegar
1 head            garlic - cloves peeled
1 tbs               sea salt

Add the cleaned and prepared chillies, peppers, onions, garlic and ginger to a large pan with the vinegar and salt and blend with a hand blender (or in an electric blender before putting in the pan if you don't have one) until well mixed together - keep your eyes out of the way as any splashes would be very painful!

Add the sugar, stir with a wooden spoon and bring to a rolling boil for about 45-60 minutes until thickened and the wooden spoon leaves a trail when stirred in the bottom on the pan.   Skim off any 'scum' that rises to the surface.

Pot and seal.  

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