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We have cut the pumpkin!

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 05:57

That looks brill Ryan! Hmmmm, lovely soup springs to mind. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/09/2015 at 05:55

I dreamed of gardening while on the train to work, at my desk, throughout two meetings and a conference call and then all the way home ..... only for it to be too dark! Did manage to watch Beechgrove on my phone though! Same again today I expect, but then working from home tomorrow! 


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 18:57

Sounds productive GWRS. I've got chillies growing too. Looking really healthy. I bought a birds eye chilli plant at a fair and the chap said it will come again next year.  Is that right?

Took some cuttings, planted some seeds, dug up some spuds, top dressed my pots, fed the lawn and lots of dead-heading.  Really lovely day in the garden. 

Work tomorrow. Booooooo. 

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 10:42

Thanks ever so much for the lovely comments. Really kind and lovely folk on here.  

The Victoria sponge didn't get a place sadly! There were 14 entries. The winner had cream in it!  The sponge was twice as high as mine though. I would have needed to double the ingredients to come close. I'll be working on my 'air' for next year!

Any ideas for an entry.....

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 18:16

Hi Daintiness

 How lovely if you to remember!  Not bad at all thanks! The chicken came second!




Main crop spuds

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:56

hello - has anyone dug up their main crop spuds yet? Is now about the right time? I 'fettled' and there ares some big and some tiny. Should I hold fire for a bit?


is there anything i can plant now or should i just wait?

Posted: 15/09/2015 at 20:48

Janebal - do you plant onion seeds or sets please?


what does your garden mean to you

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 21:21

What a great thread. Loved reading the replies.

For me its a place to feel close to loved ones who also love gardening and share the joys it brings. 

It's also a place where I feel a sense of worth, doing proper work that can make me ache and give me bruises. The desk job, for all its challenges, just doesn't feel like real graft.

The way it reminds you of how amazing our planet is, from the vivid colours that nature produces to the wildlife that make it home.

Gardening is a huge part of life for me.

Freezing runner beans

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 21:09

No problem. Let us know how you get on Runny. I'll have a go too once the jar shortage has been overcome!

Freezing runner beans

Posted: 13/09/2015 at 20:58
Bingo! Here you go Runny.... Bath WI Kitty Lambah’s recipe for pickled runner beans

12oz runner beans
3/4lb granulated sugar
1 pint cider vinegar
1 teaspoon juniper berries
Fresh ginger
Mint sprigs


  • Top, tail, de-string and cut the runner beans to desired length;
  • Pour cider vinegar into a pan and warm through gently;
  • Keeping the pan on simmer add the sugar, stirring until fully dissolved;
  • Add prepared runner beans and the juniper berries to the sugar vinegar and simmer until just tender, approximately  8 minutes; 
  • Drain the beans and pack them into pre-sterilised pickling jars;
  • Pour the sugar vinegar (with or without the juniper berries) over the beans covering their tops;
  • Peel the ginger.  Lightly bruise by gently bashing the ginger with a rolling pin.  Cut into quarters; 
  • Add a section of ginger and some fresh mint to each jar;
  • Seal, label and leave for 2 weeks before opening;
  • Refrigerate after opening.  Should last for at least one month in the fridge;
  • Serve with cold meats, cheese or leftovers

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