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Best ways of preserving beetroot

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:53

If you simply mean how to store fresh pulled beetroot until you have sufficient to make a meal, you may be able to keep them for longer if you used the "clamp" method (similar to clamping Beet or Carrots ?

I'm certainly no expert on this method but think it is layering your veg with dry sand or soil and keeping cool and dark.

I imagine either Dove from Above or Welshonion would be able to advise

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:34

Ooops........for "baited", please read "bated"

Dinner time

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:28

Yes, I too like the courgette in a Quiche..........combined with sharp green peppers, toms and mushrooms, the yellow looks attractive and tastes good too.  Made one the other day and still snacking on it

Dare I say.

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 18:16

I have disagreed with Mike on several garden related threads. I have also tried to say on occasions that this forum (or any other forum come to that ) does not depend on one single member...........a basic principle which most of us understand and abide by. For whatever reason, Mike has been led to believe that he and his views  are more valid than those of other posters and cannot now understand why no one is waiting with baited breath for his next post.  He seems able to be both offensive and abusive when he feels the attention is drifting away from him but quite happily blames others for the unpleasantness which then ensues.

Mike has been offered support, advice and some fair criticism but sadly will not take it on board.

This particular horse has been led to the trough on numerous occasions but still resolutely refuses to drink.  A pity.


Dinner time

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 09:09


Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 20:06 strange.......I've found more or less the opposite to you

I've grown Sungold for several years ( sometimes in G/H but mostly outdoors ) and I've never found them to have thick skins.  They always seem to do well for me.

I've grown Rosada this year for the first time and am really disappointed with them.....the flavour is less than I had hoped for.  I don't think I would bother with them again


Dinner time

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 17:41

Shame on you Dove.........surely you should be harvesting your Pasta by now ?

Did you mention somewhere about Courgette Tart using Sage ?  I'm always on the lookout for Courgette recipes to ring the changes so if you have 5 mins to give a basic outline, I'd be grateful.  Thanks

garden help

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:55

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall  (River Cottage )  instigated  a nation wide scheme of garden sharing much as Green Magpie describes.

I believe there is a Message Board where you can post your area and what you can offer and hopefully be able to match up with someone near to you.  I can't recall the exact site but looking for either Hugh F W or River Cottage should offer you the links.

Hope you manage to get sorted

Pesky pigeons

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:39

As well as the yellow crocus, primroses are also a magnet to the small birds (sparrows adore them )........they shred the flowers in minutes it seems to me.

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:28

Good thinking Kef

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Rude but funny.

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