Added by Damo on September 30, 2010 at 19:46 —
I find this little gadget very effective in stripping corn from the cob, and less messy than doing it with a knife. It also avoids… Continue
Added by Richard Loader on September 26, 2010 at 17:59 —
Once again John and his wife Val have produced a concise, down to earth guide to growing your own. They're problem solving this time, providing a solution to what to do with all that surplus fruit and vegetables, namely how to best store our plenty for the times of little. Continue
A lot of…
Added by VP on September 26, 2010 at 17:30 —
When I first saw this picture I wanted to make the bread straight away. Of course I didn't until today. The dough was mixed when I was listening 'the bottomline' on Radio 4 yesterday. I used 75% wholemeal bread flour with 25% White, yeast, salt, sugar and warm water. Since I discovered no kneed bread recipe and video on youtube, making bread has been casual and fun. (highly recommended!)
Of course the essence is time, this type of bread needs… Continue
Added by Jade Hwang on September 26, 2010 at 16:45 —
Saturdays are a good day to use up the weeks harvest and/or leftovers. With loads of sweetcorn still to pick and chilli peppers ripening everywhere, this recipe from Lindsay Bareham in The Times seemed perfect:
1 small lemon
I red pepper
1 long red chilli/2smaller ones
2 cloves garlic
2tablespoons olive oil
1 litre stock
small tin coconut cream/milk(165mls)
coriander to garnish
Chop the onion , fry in the oil in… Continue
Added by Jan Willetts on September 25, 2010 at 14:54 —
With the veg garden winding down for the Autumn I've started exploring the hedgerows for some free food. To celebrate this new pastime I'm running a free guide book giveaway competition on my blog. Just click on the link and leave a comment for a chance to win. I look forward to hearing from you!
Added by Damo on September 24, 2010 at 20:51 —
What with rain and cooler temperatures forecast it looks as though theres not much to look forward to in the plot. But the harvest has been good-at least two dozen sweetcorn in the last few weeks, some of which are waiting to be picked, raspberries still hanging on, loads of beetroot still waiting to be pulled and chillies ripening everywhere. The tomatoes have all gone, apart from the ugly ones lurking in trays in the greenhouse waiting for their fate as chutney or salsa. The tomatilloes have… Continue
Added by Jan Willetts on September 24, 2010 at 19:55 —
Added by Damo on September 21, 2010 at 7:33 —
Added by Damo on September 18, 2010 at 19:04 —
Transition Fordingbridge are running a one day event on Sat Spet 18th. to help gardeners get the best from the Autumn season. The day runs from 10am. until 3pm but folks can mix and match, come and go as they please.
Entry is free.
There will be stands downstairs in the Victoria rooms with the talks upstairs and the famous VegEvent stew will be available from noon.....and cakes too.…
Added by Richard Loader on September 17, 2010 at 8:00 —
Just got back from a seaside break in Suffolk. I love this area, all the pink painted houses, windmills, pig farms and honesty boxes appeal to me. Adnams beer is pretty good too, goes very well with fish and chips. I ate loads of fish in different forms, it tastes so good fresh- Northamptonshire is the furthest you can get from the sea in England so I feel deprived and have to make up for lost fishy opportunities.Even drove down to the harbour and bought some freshly landed to bring home.… Continue
Added by Jan Willetts on September 15, 2010 at 18:54 —
Added by Damo on September 13, 2010 at 21:49 —
A friend held a drawing/watercolour workshop at the allotment today. As well as some amazing effects from occasional raindrops it was wonderful to sit and really look at the plants without feeling compelled to weed, mulch etc. It was good to allow time for something to develop from pencil as have been relying on photo's for a record recently, partly due to time. Also found that Cavolo Nero leaves and summer calabrese both leave a lovely green when rubbed onto paper. The colours on the plot in… Continue
Added by Sarah Rideout on September 11, 2010 at 20:26 —
Delighted to discover that my calabrese has come into flower. Cant say I was expecting it though :D
They have been rather tucked away and neglected, and so hopefully they will make it through to next spring. But who knows.
The cucumbers… Continue
Added by Melinda Que_Linda on September 11, 2010 at 16:26 —
This vine was purchased in Homebase 8 years ago. I was seduced by the label with the photo of black grapes on it. I didn't know whether it would survive it the garden, but it did. I put it on the west side of garden against the fence. And it has spread its branches wide and free.
Last year was indeed a very good year, all the grapes ripened to their full potential and were exceptionally sweet to eat. I think it's wine making grapes, not very big and with relatively thick skin.… Continue
Added by Jade Hwang on September 11, 2010 at 8:30 —
Added by Damo on September 10, 2010 at 18:03 —
Today was the dreaded day of the RHS Level 3 practical.So glad its over! Took the exam at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire, a lovely old manor house in parkland that used to be an agricultural college satellite of Writtle College but is now part of Bedford College. There's a Swiss garden open to the public and an air museum as well. But no time for sightseeing today, just 3 hours of practical exams. Our group did the Potting Shed first-seed sowing, transplanting, cuttings and pruning… Continue
Added by Jan Willetts on September 9, 2010 at 23:32 —
This week my erstwhile barren squashes have decided to produce female flowers by the dozen. They have gone from months of looking pretty, to finally producing the good stuff.
This one managed to find its way up one of my sweet pea frames. It has crowded out the sweet peas, but there are 3 large female flowers, and Ive had a full summer of heavily scented sweet peas, so Im not complaining.…
Added by Melinda Que_Linda on September 9, 2010 at 16:30 —
and greengage chutney… Continue
Added by Melinda Que_Linda on September 9, 2010 at 16:30 —
With 3 kids, I like to grow something edible in the garden and this year we branched out a bit with varying degrees of success.
Strawberries. We started with only a few plants (4) and unfortunately there wasn't much space for them to spread. Not very successful really, we only had about 2 or 3 edible strawberries.
Green Beens. These always do well although we may have overdone the plants a little this year. We managed to produce a massive amount of beans and… Continue
Added by Michael Hudson on September 8, 2010 at 22:52 —