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by Odsox
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 31
Views: 3053

Re: Sweetcorn

Do you really think anything can beat Latah OD?? Ask me again next March :iconbiggrin: Still nothing to do with sweetcorn Just a quick mention entirely off topic, but the Matina tomato is winning hands down at the moment DnD. 3 plants of Matina are all about 14 inches tall and the first flower came...
by Odsox
Fri Feb 17, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Turnips!
Replies: 23
Views: 2820

Re: Turnips!

There is a turnip variety called Melon Turnip sold by T&M that really is sweet that I grew as a regular raw salad ingredient.
I wouldn't say it was as sweet as a melon, but certainly sweeter than some apples.
Plus it's open pollinated and I saved the seed for years.
by Odsox
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Dangerous weather
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: Dangerous weather

I got my first tunnel in 2006 and it has never frozen in there. Mind you we seldom get a frost outside, this winter so far we have had one frost where the grass was slightly white in patches in the sheltered spot at the bottom of the lawn. The big greenhouse is better, the minimum temperature I've r...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Dangerous weather
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Re: Dangerous weather

It has been freezing here today, east wind blowing Isn't it odd that the weather can be so different in the couple of hundred miles that separate us? Yes I've been sowing odd things since the beginning of the year, but only in the tunnel as I'm almost 100% certain it would never freeze in there. No...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mouldy peat pots!
Replies: 8
Views: 113

Re: Mouldy peat pots!

The plants that dislike root disturbance, like parsnips, I sow in toilet roll tubes. Then plant out as soon as I see a root appear out of the bottom end. (Oooh :oops: ) I can't say that they have ever gone mouldy, and the reason I do that is because Irish woodlice love to browse of young parsnip lea...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Dangerous weather
Replies: 9
Views: 147

Dangerous weather

... although not quite what you were expecting though. Today has been a beautiful day, almost unbroken sunshine, temperature a steady 14c and just a balmy southerly breeze. There are flowers out everywhere, daffodils, crocuses, camellias, rhododendrons, mimosa, as well as dandylions, daisies, celand...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Black beans
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Black beans

Thanks for that, I will print it out for later in the year.
I think I will omit the chilli though :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Black beans
Replies: 13
Views: 350

Re: Black beans

Do you want some specific recipes, odsox, or just ideas? Actually veggie burgers sounds quite nice, especially as you expect burgers to be dark coloured, so yes please to a recipe. Last year's crop were all canned in portion sizes which worked well. The canning process softened the skins to a non-e...
by Odsox
Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you growing this year (2017)
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What are you growing this year (2017)

diggernotdreamer wrote:I might try keeping some in boxes of damp compost to see if it stops them doing that

I have a suspicion that you will end up with lots of potato plants in a box :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Sun Feb 12, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you growing this year (2017)
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What are you growing this year (2017)

Maya Gold (they don't seem to keep?) I'm glad you said that, it was something I suspected but hadn't found any written evidence for. What I did notice before I bought some last year was that the commercial crop of Mayan Gold was only available in Tesc0 during August, which at the time I thought was...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Radish and turnip
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Radish and turnip

Turnip tops are (or used to be) a vital source of greens in spring, along with the flowering shoots of Brussels sprouts and cabbage stumps, which all got lumped together as "spring greens". Or used to be called spring greens as the supermarkets now sell immature cabbages as spring greens w...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No tomatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: No tomatoes

Green Aura wrote:I presume "ages" means something like the end of next week? :lol:

Goodness no, if the quoted fruiting timeline of Matina is to be believed it will be the middle of March. :pale:
by Odsox
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No tomatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 97

No tomatoes

A bit of a rarity, but we have no fresh tomatoes in the house. :shock: We ate the last of them for Sunday breakfast, so now we will have to wait for ages until we will have some more. What with fresh courgettes, lettuce, aubergines and soon carrots being unavailable it must be a sign of the end of t...
by Odsox
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Does Himalayan Salt kill Sourdough Starters?
Replies: 14
Views: 173

Re: Does Himalayan Salt kill Sourdough Starters?

I think you will find that the lack of oil causes harder/crisper crust, or to put it another way, oil or fat in bread makes a softer crust.
So it looks like a "no win" situation for you. :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:42 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you growing this year (2017)
Replies: 18
Views: 345

Re: What are you growing this year (2017)

I WILL NOT PLANT MORE COURGETTES THAN I NEED :lol: :lol: I think I have my courgette "problem" sussed now. I used to plant several as early in the season it takes ages to get male and female flowers to coincide on one plant. Now I only grow the self fertile varieties and sow just the one ...

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