Steve Worthing

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Aubergine woes

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:31

I grew some standard aubergines from seeds, some in a raised bed (partly shady) and some in pots (full sun)

Both lots produced nice big healthy plants, but took ages to flower and then fruit never appeared. From a total of about 10 plants 1 grew 1 aubergine

I fed them as soon as the flowers came out and continued to do so.

Anyone have any tips or ideas of what i did wrong?


Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:18

I have found the cheapest place to get air tight containers/jars is Ikea 80p for the small ones £1 for the bigger one.

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 21:15

Well after all that i munched the lot (with a little help of friends and family) 

But heres what i did with my Chillies

Fish Sauce, Sugar, White Wine Vinegar, Sherry Vinegar


Cayenne Chillies


150g chopped chillies with seeds, garlic, ginger


Add the vinegar and blitz with a food processor


After blending


De-seed and remove the pith from the rest of the chillies and finely dice


Add the chillies and sugar


Start over a low heat to make sure the sugar is fully dissolved


Get it up to a rolling boil (for around 45min)


Cook until it starts to coat the back of a spoon (runny syrup)


Store in jars, it will thicken a bit when cooled (mines gone to a tomato ketchup consistency) Should keep for a while. 


Bird Seed Problems

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 14:47

 Glue a old pot saucer  on the bottom (also drill a few small drainage holes in it) Then they can throw the seeds about in that and not on the ground. I also protect mine from the pidgeons as they tend to eat all the seeds and break off the saucer.

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:11

Also with the Chillies, making a Sweet Chilli sauce

Preserving, What do you do or planning to do.

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 14:00

A thread to discuss how to preserve the glut of Vegetables and fruit from the harvest.

I'm growing (and the method i plan to preserve)

Baby Sweetcorn- Blanching in boiling water, refreshing in iced water then freezing in freezer bags.

Tomatoes- Drying in the oven (50c for 4-5 hours to semi soft) with garlic and then in jars with olive oil. How long do they last in the jars unopened? anyone tried it?

Bell peppers- not sure at the mo, might go for the slicing , blanching, refreshing freezing method or preserve in oil

Cayenne Chills- total drying (oven 50c for 10 hours) for chilli flakes to put in a pepper grinder. May preserve some in olive oil (semi dried)

Aubergine - Roasting in Oven until soft then preserving  in olive oil

Peas- Blanch,refresh,freeze

Green beans- I seem to be ok at munching these away so won't have many left


Very interested in what you have tried or are planning to do. Has anyone bought i Dehydrator machine?


Building Rockeries

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 23:41

 All planted and doing well


How to build your own raised beds

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 17:11

Thanks Earl20, everything is coming along nicely at the moment, had my 1st crop of beans and the peas are flowering, getting a bit sick of salad for dinner every night though


Hi James,

The decking has worked out well. All i have done is cut some fence posts and put them in each corner then half way down, fixed the frame with screws, then moved them into place and then secured them with some long nails.

I used decking as i had to remove it from my house as the previous owner had fixed it above the damp proof course. So didnt really research costs, but i have a feeling that ti would be cheaper than gravel boards or similar.



Posted: 07/06/2013 at 23:27
Aliesh wrote (see)

steve i love your squirrel proof feeder

what a pretty moth nut

Its an anti Pidgeon device luckly i don't have any Squirrels in my garden. The best feeder i have bought is this anti Starling one, not cheap but does the job




Posted: 07/06/2013 at 21:38




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