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HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 16:16

Well done Panda - you deserve an extra helping of bamboo shoots tonight 

Talkback: Five of the best trees for small gardens

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 13:29

I also like amelanchiers - good interest in spring and autumn - can be grown as either a large shrub or tree.

My favourite small trees are the crab apples - lots of pretty blossom in the spring and fruits developing through the summer. If you pick the right one you will have beautiful, jewel like fruits through the winter. The bright red fruits of Red Sentinel remain on the tree until Jan / Feb in my garden (and then the birds have them) and look stunning against a clear blue sky. If you are so inclined you can harvest the fruits for jelly.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 11:15

Morning Everyone 

Nice and sunny at the moment if a tad chilly. Think I'll get out and cut the grass while I can. Sleet / snow showers forecast for first thing tomorrow - no wonder I'm keeping my toms and other tenders in the house for now 

Hope you have a good walk Fairy and hope all those with gardening deadlines get to spend a little time out there this weekend.

Get well wishes to all of those feeling poorly or have poorly OH's and hugs for anyone going through difficult times.

Grow Your Own Curries

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 18:13
Michael Burford wrote (see)

Topbird - It sounds like your more of a thai curry fan than Indian?



Well Michael - you've got me thinking now . If I had to choose my Desert Island / Last Supper curry it would be really hard to choose between Thai and Indian. 

Love the freshness and citrus zing of so many Thai dishes but also find some of them a little sweet. I think, on the whole, I prefer Indian curries - warm, earthy, comforting flavours.

Am not a fan of any of the ready made sauces. Some of the pastes are an ok starting point if you're in a hurry but generally better to make your own and tailor them to personal taste.

I did Indian Cookery at night school many years ago learning authentic Indian dishes (not sure which region though) and cooking techniques. OH thought it was the best ever way for me to spend 10 weeks - he really enjoyed marking my efforts out of 10 


Grow Your Own Curries

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 13:20

What an interesting thread. I also make curries from first principles and had never thought of sowing the seeds from my packets. Think I will give it a go 

I  grow lots of coriander every year and harvest all parts - leaf, root and seed. I believe it is also fairly easy to grow ginger and lemon grass from supermarket bought tubers and stems.

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 12:12

I HATE it when tradesmen don't keep appointments!

I'm not stupid, I know that other jobs overrun, I know that vans break down, suppliers don't always supply etc etc. But I also know that I have a phone, they have a phone and it only takes 2 mins to let me know they'll be late. Communication is all...

We have been very fortunate since moving to our village. We now use a builder, plumber, electrician, landscaper and decorator who all live either in the village or within 2 miles. They all know each other so they liaise between themselves on jobs requiring more than one trade. They are all really nice, reliable, honest, helpful, clean working guys. Not the cheapest in the business  but also not the most expensive. 

Only problem is - every one else knows they're good too - so there is always a long wait to get work done. Worth it though..

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 11:39

That sounds nasty Joyce - rubbish time of year for it to happen too 

I do hope P'doc doesn't leave us - I would miss his little witticisms and (generally) sensible outlook on life.

If his upset stems from the (yet another ) political debate thread - I would just like to say I am also a tad hacked off by yet another appearance of the wooden spoon. The OP on that thread and I clearly have a very different sense of humour.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:41
I'm left absolutely reeling by the incredible loss of talent we've witnessed over the last few months.
One helluva party going on somewhere....

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 20:29
That's one hell of a party / concert going on upstairs.
Feeling very mortal at the moment
Life is not a rehearsal..

Place your bets....

Posted: 20/04/2016 at 10:45

Lovely sunny, warm day here (inland Suffolk) yesterday and today but last night it was down to 0.4C in the potting shed. If it's too cold for some plants inside the shed it's definitely too cold outside.

Late May / early June depending on holidays & general conditions for me too.

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Something's chewing my pea seedlings 
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