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My Blackcurrants taste like chicken

Posted: 18/07/2013 at 18:41

We went fruit picking last year and I was eating the fresh blackcurrants off the bush. I spat them out saying 'Oh my god, they taste like meat!' My companions thought I was mental, and told me as much. I am much relieved that I am indeed, not mental. They do taste like meat. You are not alone.


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:49

I have always had ants nests in my enclosed garden composter. They do no harm, break the compost up a treat and are usually gone by autumn. 

But if you really need them gone, a blob of Nippon gel near the composter (not in it) will get rid of them sharpish.

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:52

With such high fences a vertical garden would look great. Lots of pots on the fence full of trailing plants and veg, salads and grasses. There was one on gardeners world a couple of weeks ago at a show but can't remember which one. Google will know 

Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 14:48

Well I thought slugs were just snails which are homeless  so would taste the same. Not that I would eat either, gristly little buggers they must be.

If I did though, I'd cut my food bill by half, as there must be 10 thousand of the little buggers on our allotments.

Climbing the shed, inside the roof of the greenhouse, stuck to pots and even balancing on the top of 6ft bean canes. I could start olympic mollusc events. 

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 22:23

Hi Fab. When you do your hanging baskets, don't limit yourself to flowers. I have planted up baskets on my allotment this year with trailing tomatoes called Garden Pearl, filled out with salad leaves and they're actually doing better than the flowery ones. That way you get some veggies in a small space plus some interesting (and useful) hanging baskets. Good luck! 

Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:55

"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is "soporific."

I'm quite soporific enough thank you very much lol 

Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:39

Any particular lettuce? I have Webb's, Cos and Little Gem. Do you just suck the juice out? 

Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:47

Wow, thank you. I definitely won't eat them. How odd though, I'm discovering all sorts of weird and wonderful information on here. Who would have thought that growing your own veg could be so delightfully lethal. 

Why Are My Potatoes Producing Tomatoes

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 20:38

Okay, so I'm new to this allotment mallarky, having taken on my first this year. I'm growing Maris Piper, King Edward and Pink Fir Apple. They have all flowered well but now, only on the King Edward, there are tomatoes.

Yes, tomatoes. Little green ones. They might be something else, but whatever kind of something else they are, they are something else's that look exactly like tomatoes. 

Is it just me? Do they ripen? Can I eat them? Harvest them? Make chutney with them? I do only have three though. Very odd. Any ideas? 

Ants in the lawn

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:24

We had a massive ants nest in the kitchen, hundreds of them running all over the surfaces and floor. We put four blobs around the kitchen and turned off the lights. Within an hour the blobs are surrounded by a perfect circle of ants munching away. It is wonderful stuff. Don't get the Nippon ant traps though, they're rubbish, get the gel in a tube. If it's raining (and let's be honest it probably will be) make sure you cover it to stop it washing away. Good luck.

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