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Whats the difference,Fresh or green.

Posted: 22/09/2013 at 01:05

Just read through the threads probably missed a few though.

James seaweed feed is easy to make and the salt on it doesn't need to be washed off as there is so little on it. I've been making it for a few years now, toms and spuds love it. You can also use it as a spray, diluted down, to keep slugs and snails of flowering plants but you need to spray before slugs and snails start to appear in the spring.

I make it in an old plastic bin with the lid on and put the seaweed in pastic bags with holes punched in them, submerged in water, it's then bottled up in milk cartons and saved before diluting down in a watering can, when needed.

It smells in the bin but isn't to bad when used, just smells like the seaside after a high tide for a couple of hours. Dried, it doesn't smell at all and is a good mulch round potted plants.

I'm happy to be wrong but in most area's you can't pick seaweed fresh but can take seaweed which has been washed up on the beach, after a high tide is best. You'd need to check any by-laws and restrictions for the beach before collecting.

Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 23:57

Try googling - The Real Seed Catalogue. It has a section on seed saving. Toms and runner beans are both listed. Toms are suprisingly easy to save. Runners are too if you have some over ripe pods on your plants.

Can I lay turf in September / October ???

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:39

I would say the spring is best. Grass, then has the full summer to establish itself before frost and winter sets in.

Turf needs sunshine and warmth to grow, mositure and water to take root. Spring is an ideal time if the turf is well watered.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 23:26

Been away in France for 2 wks, only rained once, it started about 11pm as we were sat on the patio one evening and was torrential all night but had stopped by the following morning.   

Judging from the paper I read on Monday you guys here in the UK haven't had it so good, looks like it's going to be a nice weekend here in the NW. It was mild in Manchester this evening.     

How do you store tom chutney...

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 22:01

Sorry for not getting back sooner, I've been on holiday. .

gj. I've frozen toms and they are unbelievably mushy when defrosted.

Off to get some cheese and biscuits tomorrow to test the chutney made two weeks ago. I didn't have any labels though and there isn't any difference in colour between the jars, come to think about it, there wasn't much difference in the taste when bottled between green and red chutney, it did taste very sweet though   

Wish me luck  

greenhouse set up

Posted: 08/09/2013 at 21:41

I'm not sure what you mean either, is it a GH or polly tunnel...

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... 

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