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Posted: 12/10/2013 at 17:43

Our household has been lucky over the years - two holidays to France, two hi-fi's, full set of ski gear. I dream about diving on the GBR though!

Agapanthus help please

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:18

Sounds like it is completely congested and needs splitting up. Probably safest to wait until March before dividing though. It can be done now and would probably be OK in Devon but in colder areas I would definitely wait till Spring.

coir

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 21:09

Much cheaper here http://shop.fertilefibre.com/new-subcategory/coir-blocks-and-bales/organic-coir-bale-kg.html Best prices are for 12 or more when it is only £5.20 for a block that gives 70 litres when hydrated. Free delivery too. Sounds OK to me but I haven't used them yet.

Wine making

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 16:40

If you want to produce vinegar then follow the advice to not use an airlock. Cotton wool or muslin will not keep out bacteria and will definitely not keep out oxygen both of which will spoil the wine very quickly.

What is this bush?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 23:10

The ripe berries are edible, have a nice treacle flavour. 

Silica cat litter instead of vermiculite

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 22:25

Try builders merchants for exfoliated vermiculite. It is used as insulation and might be cheaper than from garden centres or pet stores.

Rubin blackberries

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 09:42

http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/blackberry-reuben/classid.2000018100/ has useful info on what to do. I think that the "soft-tip" treatment may help you get a better crop. I would also try leaving the primocanes for a second year as suggested.

Patio Chilli

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 22:20

Yes you can eat the chillies, that is the main  point of growing them . You can overwinter the plant too. Keep it in a cooler place than your hot window sill though.

Potato Scab

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 16:57

Scab is worse when the soil is too dry, not too wet. That is what was said on Beechgrove too.

Eating weeds

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 11:30

I have a patch of Gaultheria shallon which is horribly invasive and to me a weed. However it does have interesting blue-blackberries which apparently are edible. So I harvested these yesterday and made some jelly from them. From 700g of berries (about two pints) I got about 400g of juice which I added to 250g sugar to get about 500g of jelly. The jelly is very sweet and intensely flavoured (in a good way!).

Apparently the berries are high in pectin so I could probably have used less sugar. I have also read that the berries and jam/jelly made from them are efficient appetite suppresors. Now who would have imagined jam being part of a diet .

Anyone else make culinary use of their weeds?

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