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by JeremyinCzechRep
Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing your own oyster mushrooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 4488

Growing your own oyster mushrooms?

In the Czech Republic (and I presume in the UK) you can buy a bag of straw inoculated with oyster mushroom spores. You leave it in a cool place until the bag becomes white with mycellium. You then punch holes in the side and hey presto, oyster mushrooms grow out the side. Rather than buying more bag...
by JeremyinCzechRep
Mon May 30, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tiny raddishes, loads of leaf.
Replies: 7
Views: 1166

Re: Tiny raddishes, loads of leaf.

Thanks for the tip about eating the leaves. I'll give it a try tonight.
by JeremyinCzechRep
Tue May 17, 2011 8:14 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Making tomato Juice
Replies: 3
Views: 969

Re: Making tomato Juice

If they're going to be mashed, is it necessary to take the skins off? (Presuming you haven't coated them with chemicals). Why not liquidise them - saving you the hassle of peeling and putting them through a fine mesh strainer?
by JeremyinCzechRep
Tue May 17, 2011 8:11 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Looking for long cable ties, for my tomatoes .. UPDATE
Replies: 5
Views: 1143

Re: Looking for long cable ties, for my tomatoes .. UPDATE

I had my house rewired and I have metres of old cables. I use that chopped up into suitable lengths and they twist into shape perfectly. Shame my tomatoes died when they were hit by a laste frost.
by JeremyinCzechRep
Sat May 07, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Hand pollinating
Replies: 0
Views: 901

Hand pollinating

I've got about 12 apple trees in my garden and they are just producing blossom. For the last two years we've had either strong winds and/or hail at this time of year and the blossom has disappeared. I've had a modest crop of apples but I was wondering whether it might be worth trying to hand pollina...
by JeremyinCzechRep
Sat May 07, 2011 5:27 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Loganberries
Replies: 2
Views: 1056

Re: Loganberries

I presume it is only the base that needs protecting?
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri May 06, 2011 1:42 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Loganberries
Replies: 2
Views: 1056

Loganberries

I've had 3 wonderful crops of loganberries in the last three seasons but sadly the plants died in the severe and long winter (minus 25 over here). Is there anything you can do to protect them from the cold? Mulching? Covering them in plastic? I'm going to plant some more and hope they don't suffer t...
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri May 06, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Elder cuttings.
Replies: 22
Views: 5350

Re: Elder cuttings.

Quite a few people seem to take the flowers AND the berries. I love the flowers but have never been too keen on the berries. I might throw a few into a blackberry and apple crumble but on their own I don't find them particularly pleasant. Am I missing something?
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri May 06, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Elderflower syrup
Replies: 5
Views: 1735

Re: Elderflower syrup

I was in the UK last week and saw the first elderflowers in Kent. With the warm weather they should be out pretty quickly. My sister was here from New Zealand and she told me Elder doesn't grow down there - and they're very strict about bringing new plants into the country. Hi Susie! Good to be back.
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri May 06, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Picking Nettles
Replies: 13
Views: 1925

Re: Picking Nettles

How do people cook nettles? I was thinking of putting them briefly into boiling water and then using them like spinach in a lasagne. Anyone tried that?
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri May 06, 2011 8:26 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Elderflower syrup
Replies: 5
Views: 1735

Elderflower syrup

I am a big fan of elderflower syrup and make plenty each year. Last week I drank my last bottle from last year's batch - and it was as delicious as the first bottle. I tend to use more sugar than other people. A friend uses about half the sugar that I do, but then has problems with the syrup ferment...
by JeremyinCzechRep
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Blackcurrants
Replies: 22
Views: 5000

Re: Blackcurrants

No one has mentioned a blackcurrant milkshake. Delicious!
by JeremyinCzechRep
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:03 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: windfall apples
Replies: 3
Views: 1129

Re: windfall apples

Apple juice? You'll need a shredder and then a juice press - I make about 50 litres a year and freeze it in old juice cartons. It tastes just like fresh when unfrozen - unlike pasteurised juice which changes in flavour.
by JeremyinCzechRep
Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Snow, sprouts and mice
Replies: 1
Views: 407

Snow, sprouts and mice

I grew a nice crop of sprouts this year but heavy snowfalls in December meant that they were completely covered in snow. Now that some of the snow has disappeared, I can now see that mice have enjoyed feeding on my sprouts with not one sprout unnibbled. What do other people do in such a situation? D...
by JeremyinCzechRep
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: butternuts
Replies: 18
Views: 2233

Re: butternuts

I managed to grow 13 fair sized butternut squashes this year. All but one were the correct honey colour but just one was greenish. Left in the sun, it ripened a little - I wonder if other tricks like the brown paper bag and a ripe banana might help (which works for tomatoes). I adore the soup from b...