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July 2011 Blog Posts (89)

Cutting Cabbage

I read a good tip somewhere the other day about cutting cabbage.  If you have a particularly large cabbage that you couldn't possibly eat in one go - then just cut a portion out of the cabbage whilst it is still in the ground - and cover the remaining part with tin foil on the plant till you need it.  Anyone ever tried this?  The other thing is that when you finally cut off the whole cabbage, if you cut a cross into the stump you should get four small cabbages forming.  I have done this myself… Continue

Added by elaine rickett on July 31, 2011 at 19:01 — 2 Comments


Does anyone know how many times Calabrese will re-shoot after the main head has been cut.  I have already had several re-sprouts and just wondered if I should pull the plants out now, or leave them in the hope of more shoots forming.

Added by elaine rickett on July 31, 2011 at 18:57 — 3 Comments

French Bean Overload

I can't keep up with the picking of my French beans, and consequently, they are getting too large to use.  So I have decided to let them carry on growing, and then I will dry them and use them as haricot beans during the winter.  I didn't put that many plants in but they have gone bananas.  I have re-sown a different variety for late crops and hopefully I will be able to eat those fresh from the plant as the runners will have finished by then.

Added by elaine rickett on July 31, 2011 at 18:55 — 6 Comments

Allotments - the new growth industry.

I found this article in the Daily Mail.  Nearly 1,000 new allotments were opened last year to meet increased demand from gardeners eager to grow their own.

But allotment groups have warned that unless more sites are provided, it will take 100 years to clear waiting lists which have increased sixfold since the 1990's.

The National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners found that almost 87,000 potential fruit and veg cultivators are waiting for plots.

The Society…


Added by elaine rickett on July 31, 2011 at 18:41 — 4 Comments

Cauli Delight

Cauli Delight

Added by Blicky on July 31, 2011 at 14:53 — 4 Comments



A new net to keep the cabbage whites away!

Added by Damo on July 31, 2011 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

trying to keep on top...

At this time of year I seem to be working flat out to keep on top of harvesting and finding something to do with all the produce coming from the garden. Every day we go out and pick a load of peas to eat straight from the pods but after a couple of days away I came back to find loads of pods bursting with fat peas. Past their best for eating fresh so tonight I made some pea soup.


more with pics at:…


Added by Colin Robinson on July 30, 2011 at 23:41 — 4 Comments

Weeding weeding weeding.

I have done a bit of weeding, and not before time.

Added by Plot Notes Phil on July 30, 2011 at 19:06 — 2 Comments

Badger Problems

This morning on my usual wander I saw a container on its side - strange, I thought, what's going on?  It turns out that a badger has been in the garden overnight, spotted my containers and decided to have a rummage.  The consequence of this is that it has eaten a whole container full of carrots.  It bit off all the leaves and they were strewn all over the place.  Is nothing sacred!

Added by elaine rickett on July 30, 2011 at 11:06 — 3 Comments

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Added by TheLittleBalcony on July 29, 2011 at 16:00 — No Comments

The downside of community gardening

I went down to the veg patch to water late yesterday evening.  All was not well.  Bricks which had been holding down some netting had been hurled randomly around, damaging my strawberries, raspberries, corn, sweet peas, etc.  I was saddened and dismayed by the sight - and somewhat perplexed.  Why would someone do this?  While I hate to jump to conclusions, a group of young children who are rarely allowed out to play were seen 'going a bit crazy' - the joy of freedom? - in the area that same…


Added by Caro on July 29, 2011 at 11:08 — 7 Comments

What The Little Balcony is all about?

The idea behind 'The Little Balcony' came from the idea that I wanted to create a cook book, which later included the creation of the blog. I love cooking and I have so many recipes cut out of magazines, scribbled down ingredients from TV shows I've seen. Not to mention the small collections of cook books I already own, some of which hold some of my most favorite dishes, which I've adapted over the years to my own tast.…


Added by TheLittleBalcony on July 29, 2011 at 10:00 — 2 Comments

New Forest & Hampshire County Show


Results from the NVS Southern Championships and photos from around the Hampshire County show.

Added by Damo on July 28, 2011 at 18:20 — 1 Comment

Normal Service Will Be Resumed Shortly

So after a lovely few weeks away - and seeing some wonderful and interesting things along the way, including olive oil being made by a horse (well sort of , see video clip below) - its taken a whole month to catch up to some sort of semblance of normality.


And so I'm back!


Here's how to make olive oil...…


Added by Stephen Shirley on July 28, 2011 at 16:00 — 4 Comments

forward planning?

Yes its July and yes Im forward planning!!  This year I thought I would try and get organised,  even got the seed brochure out (its was raining), planning what to grow for next year. 

Premature slightly, but the polytunnel goes up in september and I have to get my monies worth from it.…


Added by Debi Williamson on July 28, 2011 at 12:17 — 1 Comment

Simple but effective

Dice courgette, fry with chopped garlic, mash with potato masher and add as a sauce to pasta.  Simps and tasty.

Added by elaine rickett on July 27, 2011 at 22:16 — 1 Comment

Water by the bucketful

We haven't had any rain for a while and the ground is starting to crack on my allotment.  I decided to remedy this by soaking each row of veg with bucketfuls of water rather than dribbling with a watering can.  It isn't that anything was dying, it just isn't growing much.  I have plenty of water saved in various containers, dustbins, butts, buckets - whatever I could fill when we last had rain.  It's certainly coming in useful now

Added by elaine rickett on July 27, 2011 at 22:13 — 1 Comment

The taste and smell of Summer.

We might not be having the best Summer weather, but lots of plants are still thriving. I have just updated my blog with some pics & added a nice recipe for using up those massive courgettes!

Added by greenfingersmum on July 27, 2011 at 10:53 — No Comments

Unusual phenomenon

In one of my raised beds a stray runner bean plant has emerged and started climbing up the pea sticks.  It is a white flowering type growing nowhere near where I planted the beans last year.  Do you suppose it could have overwintered itself, or was it a stray bean that got mixed in with the french bean packet that I sowed.  I have given it a cane to grow up and it looks really stupid, one plant on one cane in the middle of a bed.  But hey, you've got to admire its spirit.

Added by elaine rickett on July 26, 2011 at 22:21 — 3 Comments

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