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white strawberries

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 22:50

I sowed a tray each of white strawberries and pineberries last year but don't think they were from Grow It Mag. Haven't kept the empty seed packets either and the labels blew away in the wind before they were planted out. One tray didn't make it so I'm having to wait to see whether the row planted out last year are whiteberries or pineberries.

One things certain though, judging by their leaves they aren't alpine varieties and none are in flower yet. GH strawberries are in flower as too are apline strawberries planted in the garden. 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 20:09

The rock in the Atlantic looks quite nice, just google Isle of Barra.

May have moved some more people by mistake. What ever you do don't click on the flags on the map, me thinks they move.  

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 22:32

I'm on but when you hover over my flag, I live in the Lake District National Park , much as I'd like to, I really don't think so, I'm over the border in Lancashire, must have placed the flag in the wrong place how do you move it.

Oopps, sorry you guy's but I revisited the site and hovered over the nearest flag to mine which was 'elemental' me thinks I've updated 'elementals' site who now lives 'on a rock in the Atlantic!

Where are my vegetables?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 21:49

Some stuff likes to be sown in cooler weather, I sowed mooli outdoors and covered it with glass at the beginning of April, uncovering it on warm days, it's now uncovered night and day. It has needed to be watered but is looking like my best effort.  

Last year it didn't need any protection after germination and was sown at the end of March.    

Haven't been able to get small radishes to germinate outdoors yet, this year.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 21:00

Thanks for the advise, will keep going with the baking, watch this space. Every now and then I like to make a big pan of potato hash, hence the pie Q, left overs are usually frozen but are delish in pasties or with a crust on and eaten with pickled red cabbage.

Frank - I like the challenge of making bread without the machine. No probs with batter, can make yorkshires to die for, never fail to rise.    

Clear blue skies and the sun was out this morning at 7am with a chill in the air but forecast dull and wet later in the day, left the GH door and plastic GH. Did lots of potting up at the weekend.  

I've been spraying stuff with a garlic mix to deter slugs, not sure it works but it makes me feel as though I'm fighting to keep the population down    

nre

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 21:20

Jo - it might be some time before I try making Focaccia again.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 20:53

Frank - I was, a little surprised, at how oily the bread got even just after one tbsp. Will try something simpler next time, what do you suggest... please don't say white or brown bread... It might be some time before I try scones again. Hadn't made enough pastry for pie so it was two small spinach and cheese quiches. The quiches were a huge success , the pastry wasn't soggy either.

Am I right in thinking pies can be made up and frozen before baking.  

 Sounds like a nice day with 21 for tea, hope they helped out with the washing up.

Wet and cold here in this part of the NW. Flowers loving it but veg beds looking water logged.      

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/05/2013 at 23:31

Another wet day, rained for most of it.

Frank - on the baking front, not brill for the first attempt,my efforts have along way to go before I'll be asking others to taste. Looked through some cook books and settled for scones and Focaccia bread with pastry made up for a quiche and pie tomorrow.

Scones didn't rise as much as expected and the bread was a little hard on the outside. I'm not throwing in the towel just yet though. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 23:36

Another wet day so the garden got a good water.

Did some potting up and sowed more seeds. What a difference a week makes, toms are romping away now with peppers, chillies and aubergines beginning to put on a spurt. there are far to many seedlings for the space I have and it's so difficult to cull them to the compost heap.

Been pleased with all my spring bulbs, as some die back others have flowered. One variety of daffs bloomed with 3 to 5 heads.

Frank-  starting off with a quiche, fruit pie (have a glut of rhubarb) and I'm gonna try making Italian Focaccia bread. How difficult can it be, hope it's as easy pezzsie as you say.

What to grow in pots?

Posted: 10/05/2013 at 01:14

If you decide to grow toms be mindful, some varieties are better grown under cover for instance in a GH and don't grow well outside in our cool climate. You need to read the instructions when buying.

There are also determinate and indeterminate varieties of toms.

I maybe wrong but determinate toms are bush tom's for instance Tumbler, Tumbling tom, Red Alert and Garden Pearl. These grow well in hanging baskets and tall pots, they don't need stakes because they don't grow very tall. A cane, close to the stem to which the stems can be tied is advisable though as they can become very heavy with fruit and a cane will add support.

Indeterminate varieties or cordon toms can grow to 5 or 6ft in height, these need staking - varieties include Alicante, Money Maker, Gardeners Delight, Golden Sunrise and Sungold, not all sutable for growing outdoors.

Hope this is helpful. Some of the bush one's are really easy to grow in pots and hanging baskets providing you choose the right variety.

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