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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 20:00

It's been a wet weekend here in the NW but got loads done in the garden yesterday in between showers. 

Cleared all but two of the tom plants in the GH, they weren't going to produce much more as the temps drop, night draw in and mornings become colder.

Picked the last of the cues. Still have high hopes for the chillies and peppers, the plants have lots of fruit on but most still green.

Get it off your chest

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 19:33

T & M's offers in GW mag are good and you only pay P&P. The plugs/plants you get are ever so tiny though but they come with good distructions and if followed I haven't had a bad experience. 

They are expensive though, to buy on line, and other companies offer the same for less but knowing Tesco vouchers can be exchanged is tempting. Zoomer dashes to see how many Tesco points she has...

How do you store tom chutney...

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 18:55

 Dfa and gj.  Thanks for your replies. Didn't realise there was so much to know about vinegar. I have alot of the spice mix but bought some malt vinegar although there's some distilling vinegar in the cupboard left over from a beetroot glut.

Starting a book of recipe's sounds like a good idea, noting the ingredients wouldn't have thought to do that. There may have been a recipe thread at one time but if there aren't regular replies some threads drop off the postings. 

The jars are those with with a metal clasp and rubber seal.The recipe said to wash them in hot water then pop in oven for a few mins on 140C.

I'm happy to share some gj but only if it tastes good will let you know in a few weeks after it has matured They are granny's recipee's found on line and chosen on the basis, I had most of the ingredients but another poster has given me a tom jam recipe so I've saved some green toms to ripen and will make that one too, along with a freezer full of roasted toms that should take care of my tomato gult.   

I've only just got home after last min shopping for my gollies. I fly tomorrow and still need to pack a bag, the plan was to pack a bag whilst the chutney's simmering on the stove...It's going to be along night...  

How do you store tom chutney...

Posted: 07/09/2013 at 23:02

I want to store more home grown produce and I'd rather not just freeze it or it go to waste so on that basis was going to try a couple of recipe's for green and red tomato chutney but after filling the jar there's no mention as to how to store it.  

I'm making it tomorrow and the toms are currently overnighting in seasalt. Is it stored in the fridge...a dark place...I presume where ever stored, chutney would need to be kept in a cool place and how long can it be stored for?

Some silly Q's now...what's pickling spice and can malt vinager be substitued for pickling vinager? I've all the ingredients for the recipe's apart from these two.

Thank you for your replies in advance... 

perparing for next year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:23

Good luck with the GH Blairs, you'll look back this time next year and wonder why you didn't get one years ago. Enjoy your bigger GH little-ann.

Will be borrowing my friends children soon, for a day in the park, collecting leaves. This year they'll be able to see what they turn into from the stash they collected last year and can help to mulch the veg beds when we get back.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 22:04

Raining here too. Hope it's dry tomorrow, I've loads to do before going on my gollies. 

 

Tip's and trick's of the trade.

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 21:50

Onefoot in the Grave was one of my favourite's, do you remember the episode when their car was stolen after they'd bought some ivy...LOL. and the one when a potted plant was delivered and Victor said, 'leave in it the pot downstairs' there it was when he opened the downstairs toilet door, buried up to the seat...he!he!he!

Get it off your chest

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 00:36

gj... if you want to make a complaint about BT don't get me started I have the address you can write too. I will never purchase any service from them as long as there's air in my lungs. You would not believe what a call costs if you get it put through from their directory enquires....and I was told the call had already been paid for when asking the question what it would cost....you can ring Australia and talk for an hour or more and it costs less than an 8min BT call to a house within walking distance...when I rang their on line service to complain the guy I spoke to agreed no one would pay for a call costing that much per min if they knew what it was costing them... 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:39

Sunflowers are the stars at present and most are multi headed, I can't wait for them to go over. They were planted for the wild life and  are dwarf to about 4 or 5ft, or so the packet said, 'NOT', more like 6 or 7ft. Bee's and caterpilllars have loved them, I've cut a few for indoors and the saved seeds will be for the birds over Winter with a few seeds to regrow again in the Spring or at least that's the plan.    

perparing for next year

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 23:26

I emptied a few pots last week ready for planting bulbs and the one's planted in the garden are in bottomless pots so they could be found again at the end of the summer. There's also half a dozen primula's behind the GH ready to come out again, not sure when the best time is to repot them?

Can't decide what to buy in the bulb department, I'd like some nice aliums, and snow drops are a must for next year. There's already lots of crocus and dafs. Tulips did well this year so will try some different varieties next year.

Is it too early to start thinking of autumn, I love it when the leaves start changing colour. 

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