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Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 20:49

Eeeeh by gum, that sounds very tasty!  I found a recipe for a beetroot and chocolate cake.... I'll report back at the weekend. 

Talking of the sherbert, I wonder if there is such a thing as beetroot wine??

Dying lupin

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:07

Mine too! They are baby ones that I'm keeping in the greenhouse. I just thought it was too much humidity. 


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:05

I find that outdoor tomatoes tend to have tougher skins than greenhouse ones but outdoor ones often taste a bit better than greenhouse ones.

One thing I have learnt this year, from reading advice on this forum, is that I haven't been watering as religiously as in previous years and as a result none of my tomatoes have suffered from split skins, yippppeee!! 

A few random questions...

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:58

Evening peeps, after a day in the garden I have a few random questions if I may.  

Firstly rhubarb: it's in it's first year and I know it's not meant to be picked until it's second year. Do I just leave it to die back or will it need cutting back at some point?

Secondly, clematis: I fear I'll never get the hang of when to prune which ones! When do I prune a Passion flower one (in its first year) and an Early Sensation (again first year) and a Pamela Jackman?

Thirdly, when do I prune a climbing rose (in its first year) called a Madam Alfred Carrier?

Fourthly, when do most people dig up main crop spuds please?

Finally, our lawn is full of weeds this year. I have a tool to get them out but nine times out of ten the root snaps (quite low down in the ground though). Will the weed die or will any last bit of root just mean it'll be back?

thanks for any answers.

Hanging baskets

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 20:38

Hi eddie3

i know what you mean. Leggy and a bit thin now (my baskets, not me sadly!!). I gave up the ghost with mine today. Will look a bit bare for a while, but just makes for more excitement when it's time for the winter baskets. 

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 17:59

Thanks Forester2. Is pickling vinegar different to the everyday normal stuff? I used cider vinegar with a few splodges of left over balsamic.  Hope that'll be ok.

Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 17:18

Good afternoon peeps, 

Does anyone know how long pickled beetroot will last in jars? I've just done my first batch and added to the boiled beetroot I used tonnes of vinegar, sugar, orange juice and water.  Also, will it be ok in the cupboard or does it need to go in the fridge? Any tips gratefully received! Thanks muchly.



Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:37

I did exactly the same thing jen16 and the result was rubbish. Got a couple of spindley stalks and that was all. After 3 years I ended up doing some 'gorilla' gardening along a thin strip of land next to our drive and took them out of the pots and planted them back in the ground. The result was fantastic. More rhubarb than I know what to do with. 

Help please - replacement ride on mower

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:32

I bought my other half a brand new lawnflight two years ago. It cuts well, and is a lot of fun, but the battery died after the first year and we can't have used it more than 15 times. The place where we purchased it says it won't be protected by the warranty because we didn't turn it over every week throughout the winter. I thought this was a bit poor. It also guzzles fuel. On the bright side, it was a handy G&T holder and a funky headlight!


Yum yum

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 20:12

Here's the label, and a photo of the vine. It's pretty rampant! Forgot to say, it had to be peeled before eaten.


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Well I'll be pickled!

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Yum yum

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I always get stuck at this point! 
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Sorry about the Benny hill style photo.... 
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What do you do with garlic?

Do you dry it out? 
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Baby pigeon

Did I do the right thing? 
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I want to gag!!

How do I get it off my hands...? 
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Bbc Gardeners World Live at the NEC - humph!

Hidden extras.... 
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Is this Elderflower?

And is anyone an Elderflower guru? 
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Will they grow in pots? 
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