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Show us your heaps!

Posted: 04/09/2013 at 00:01

Nice compost area. Much as I'd like all that area to compost there isn't room. I've various stashes hidden around the garden.


Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:50

I find it slow to get on line then once on the site things speed up. I put it down to the problem being my connection.   

Tomato glut...

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 23:29

Thanks for the replies will try both. The jam sounds yummy. How long will it last and where is it best stored. 


Tomato glut...

Posted: 03/09/2013 at 00:22

Addict. GH stuff has done really well here in NW  this year.

I've been picking cues and aubergines for a couple of months...they are small though and dwarf varieties... Chilles always do well but my peppers are as big, if not bigger than those in the shops despite the plants being really small. I've some going black and red but the green one's are big enough to eat too 

Will check out your link..

Tomato glut...

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 23:40

Any suggestions as to what to do with a glut of toms. They've been eaten in salads,  I've roasted them with other vegs and frozen sauces for pasta. Loads have been given away. I like the idea of making salsa but don't have a recipe.

I've cherry, pear and golf ball size toms (most bigger), yellow and red. There are loads and I'd rather not freeze them whole as they go to mush when defrosted.

I can bake,  and make a nice quiche. I do dough for garlic bread/pizza.

Help needed...I'm going on my jollies next week so am looking at preserving or freezing stuff... 

Recipe's would be most welcome...

Curved runner beans

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 22:37

I get a lot of curly beans, the good news is they don't taste any different from the straight ones when cooked   


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 22:29

Alan. I find the way you cook different varieties makes a difference and brings out the taste of the spud. New potatoes are better left in their skins, some spuds are better mashed, others boiled, steamed or roasted.   

I don't think it's as simple as finding the right spud for the right area although asking other growers what grows best for them in your own locality is a good place to start if you want a succesful crop in the ground but there's soil type, and, weather conditions to take into account which is variable every year. Blight doesn't seem to have been a problem this year either but can be if we get a hot humid summer.

I grow spuds in bags which means you can make up your own growing medium and control how much water the spuds get, then there are so many different varieties, part of the fun in growing for me is trying different varieties and I like to grow several different one's each year.

Edzell blue are nice roasted. Grew those last year but I can't grow Charlotte even though they seem to be universally easy peazy to grow and a lot of posters rave about them, mine are small, bland and whether steamed or boiled they disintegrate in the pot.      

I'm in the NW and would say Charlotte has been the only one which I've had trouble with, it grows ok but doesn't cook well. 


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 21:09

I've only eaten my Winston, Pentland Javelin and Red Duke of York, I've three more varieties left in their bags yet to be dug up - Estima, Wilja and Desire. 

For grow bags the first three have done well for size and produced a reasonable crop, Red Duke York's my favourite, makes nice chips and mashes well. I had some huge Winston spuds and Pentland Javelin were nice and tasty. Have no complaints with any of the varieties.     

What's best to grow know

Posted: 02/09/2013 at 20:50

No reason why you can't grow flowers in raised beds over winter. I grew on biennials in one of mine, them after transplanting them into flower beds in the Spring gave the bed a good mulch of home grown compost before planting veg. I followed flowers with courgettes and am having a bumper crop


Posted: 02/09/2013 at 00:52

fg...biggest CROC I've seen was in a GC, a couple of inches across, orange and made from clay 

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