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Pickling Beetroot Recipes

Posted: 21/09/2012 at 13:27

Cook leaving some stalk and not cutting root. Won't ''bleed' then. Slide skin off, take off root & stalks Just slice them and put in a jar, vinegar on top to cover. Different vinegars make a change -  try white malt, cyder vinegar, raspberry vinegar. A splash of balsamic vinegar, either when you serve some pickled beetroot, or added to  malt vinegar in the jar when you do it is nice for a change.

Also nice is 'Beetroot in Jelly' a recipe my Mum used over 50 years ago when we had guests - made an 'extra' to put on the table when we had salad:

Slice beetroot into a bowl and cover with blackcurrant jelly, made up as instructions on jelly packet. Put in fridge to set. 

Talkback: Magnesium deficiency

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 08:38

Gardeners never stop learning! Real Gardeners  share tips, hints, seeds & plants, gluts of produce and make the world a very much nicer place! Long may it be so!

Talkback: Field horsetail

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 11:28

I have been fighting this for 4 years! Tried a lot of stuff, with limited sucess. It does, however get less invasive if one keeps pulling up fresh erruptions regularly. Thinking of trying SBK. Blairs tip to crush does help! Just been to Harlow Carr whre they've abandoned one of their beds infested with this and have grassed it. For those with in their lawns regular mowing seems to disuade! Good luck!

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 11:19

Without a description of leaves,flowers it's anyone's guess. Sympathise with getting a picture up - I wouldn't know where to start, so keep trying and we'll try to help!


Mini greehouse slugs

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 11:37

A light scattering of cooking salt on floor inside your greenhouse will deter. Also 'Slug Off' - looks like granules of orange clay. Follow instructions on box.They dry up slugs slime. Have done wonders for my pots of hostas. Also crush dried eggshells with a rolling pin so they are very fine and add to compost as well as to tops of pots.  It's a ceaseless round, but keep going. Picking them off by hand may seem a bind too, but anything to keep the numbers down! Good luck!

Growing clematis in a pot

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 11:26

I have a clematis growing in 30cm pot, but it only attains a height of around 1 metre, so not sure of how big your pot should be, sorry. 

Hosta or Weed?

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 09:35

Good weed supressant! Does well in shady part of garden, likes it moist. Enjoy! Good

 luck with your gardening!

raised beds

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 23:57

Sorry - you have put 8x6 on your post, not had a good day. Agree that lavender, rosemary are good plants, both flower and are evergreen, as well as lavender bag ingredients for your craft day and rosemary for cooking!

Let me know if you want any more ideas. 

raised beds

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 23:51

Clematis sounds good. You can get evergreen ones, but mine didn't survive a frost (perhaps it wasn't big enough to survive - should have put fleece over it!) Jasmine will be pretty, haven't experience of climbing hydrangia - sorry. Also you can plant summer flowering bulbs to extend season of flowers. You don't give the measurements of raised bed, so a bit difficult to assess how much you could get into it. Always aim for quick growing plants to cover soil, chuck on a bit of bark chippings, then very little weeding is needed, plus I think it looks neater! Happy to help.

raised beds

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 13:05

Then decide on flowers & plants - I always try to get plants that have a 'double life'. Plants that have differing shapes sizes of leaf, evergreens, variegated leaves if possible. Hope this helps.

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