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Posted: 31/07/2015 at 09:09
Morning all.
Nice day here. Today I shall be edging the lawn (cut yesterday just before the rain set in), feeding a few shrubs & doing a little dead heading. May spray the box hedge against blight and weed kill the drive this evening if the wind doesn't pick up.
Then it's SM and library to collect some books ordered for hols in a few weeks time.
Enjoy your days.

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 08:46
That or artificial turf! Have never seen it used in so many gardens.
I thought for a horrible moment that he was going to use it on AJ's terrace which would have looked really silly. The colourful wet room vinyl, however, was novel, fun & in keeping with the over all design.
Glad you're enjoying your space AJ & hope all continues to go well for you in your chosen career.


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:16

I can't summon the energy to do that Hosta - they just get a dead phone line from me 


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 21:05
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

thanks sgl do you think they'll call tomorrow?

No Hosta - it'll be that woman ringing about that motoring accident you 'or someone in your household' had recently....  

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:58

Artjak - 'open freeze' just means to spread them on a tray instead of just putting them straight in a bag. Simply so they don't stick together in a large clump. They can be bagged up once frozen. 

Garden produce recipes

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:49

Hello Artjak  - lovely to hear from you again.

I regularly make risotto with whatever veg is available from the beds. Tonight it will feature courgettes, peas, the last of the mange tout, couple of baby carrots and a load of parsley.

I find that the grated zest & most of the juice of about half a lemon really lifts a vegetable risotto.

Favourite 'courgette glut' recipe is courgette fritters. Use an authentic onion bhaji recipe (featuring chick pea flour and spices rather than SR flour and curry powder!) and substitute grated courgette for the onions. Lightly salt the courgette & allow to stand for abt an hour to get rid of excess moisture.

Shallow fry and either eat immediately or (better still) open freeze and reheat from frozen for about 10 mins in a hottish oven. Will keep in the freezer for a year and makes a really quick starter / side dish for an indian meal or as a snack.


Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:33

I think I'm going to start counting how long it is before the next "I Hate Cats" thread starts.

Seems to be about every 10 days / 2 weeks at the moment ...

Same old, same old ... 


The Instant Gardener

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 18:19

If today's (Thursday - No 9) is AJ2's garden I think she will be very pleased with the result.

Not the sort of garden most of us on the forum have - but an outside space which very much seemed to cater for her needs and meet the brief. 

I thought it was very successful and quite inspirational for anyone with a similar space.

Hope you are enjoying it AJ2!  

Why do gardeners dislike clay soil?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 09:02

Clay soil is great when it's been worked and improved over several years. We are at the beginning of that journey and have had truck loads of organic matter added to the soil.

Most of it is now workable for most of the year and will get better with time - but there are some patches where I cannot get a fork into the ground in summer and in winter I slip and slide around and lift great chunks of grey and yellow clay.

It's where the original house for this site stood so has been incredibly compacted over many years. I'm amazed anything grows there - but it does - but there are only about 6 weeks of the year when I can cultivate it using a border fork and I can never use hand tools. This area might be very workable in about 20 yrs - but not by me I think.

Have also gardened on very sandy soil. Very easy to dig but all that watering.....

Courgette Help

Posted: 29/07/2015 at 09:19
I think courgettes need warmth more than anything else. Mine were sulking in the ground until mid June when things started to get a bit warmer. One or two flowers (all male) - no sign of fruit. Then it was really hot for a few weeks & they started to romp away. I only have 2 plants ( dont need a glut) & I've been able to pick as I've needed them for the last 2 weeks.
Cold again last few days which will probably check them.

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