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by Christine
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:43 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: What are you preserving?
Replies: 86
Views: 13936

Re: What are you preserving?

patR wrote:Ive been roasting tons of toms with garlic and basil for puree,
Pat - do you skin the toms at all?
by Christine
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: What are you preserving?
Replies: 86
Views: 13936

Re: What are you preserving?

Most of the fruit is in the (specially bought!) freezer waiting for apple time and weather nasty enough to be glad about staying indoors. Made courgette chutney and have another batch to do - this depends on collecting enough small courgettes so they're still firm all the way through - as it's every...
by Christine
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:27 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium pesto
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

Re: Nasturtium pesto

I used some wild rocket instead of basil last year. Shame I didn't think to double-check the pine nuts before I threw it all in - they'd definitely gone off and the pesto was not as good as it should have been. Lasted really well in sealed jars, though - I'm still eating it.
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:54 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium pesto
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

Re: Nasturtium pesto

Well, that one came from my mum's 1965 'uncommon preserves' slim vol and it works very well.
With your pesto recipe, I'll be planting nasturtiums again next year. They've always self-seeded before but none this year...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:13 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...get rid of several tons of rubble?
Replies: 12
Views: 3616

Re: ...get rid of several tons of rubble?

Someone's just advertised rubble ('suitable for footings etc') on our local Freecycle and it was taken within hours. Mind you, that's a heck of a lot of rubble...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Nasturtium pesto
Replies: 7
Views: 2063

Re: Nasturtium pesto

That does sound really delicious. I expect you know that you can pickle seed heads and use them instead of capers. If anyone does want a recipe, it's 4 oz salt dissolved in 2 pints warm water to make brine, then allow to cool. Soak green, ripe nasturtium seeds in brine for 2 days, then drain and rin...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rhubarb failure
Replies: 21
Views: 4278

Re: Rhubarb failure

rhubard crumble every weekend next spring to summer lol Grrr :? just as well my neighbour can't see this! She expects a regular supply of rhubarb and ginger crumble each year - and I've sadly disappointed her this year. The main root came from a venerable and huge one that I acquired from a colleag...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:14 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Replies: 15
Views: 9456

Re: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Thinking about filling the bottles - the bottoms on these are cut off to run the wire through, so you'd need re-design to do that. I did try filling bottles to act as the bottom weight (piercing a hole in the lids to hold the wire) but the water soon went green and nasty. Plastic bottles are quite c...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rhubarb failure
Replies: 21
Views: 4278

Rhubarb failure

I pulled a couple of pounds of rhubarb early in the year and they simply failed to produce any more leaves. I know it was probably too dry for them, but even when I watered nothing happened. Now the last sad leaves have vanished.
Anyone else? and what should I do to help them along for next year?
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Gardeners please help
Replies: 17
Views: 4435

Re: Gardeners please help

If you have any leaves left, turn them over and look at the backs. Blight usually has a rim of white around the brown patches. Alas, I've seen it often when growing outdoor toms! Although people often spray the leaves of indoor tomatoes to help set the fruit, you're less likely to get blight if the ...
by Christine
Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Celeriac which refuses to root up.....help!!
Replies: 6
Views: 1749

Re: Celeriac which refuses to root up.....help!!

I grew celeriac for the first time last year but delayed planting them out until I had a bit of space. The roots appeared - from the surface - to be large enough to pull in November, but it was all on the surface and no depth to the root at all. I used the leaves instead of celery in winter stews an...
by Christine
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:50 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dry Your Washing Without the Tumble Drier....
Replies: 29
Views: 9668

Re: Dry Your Washing Without the Tumble Drier....

I used to have a 'dropdown airer' above the stairs, as there is plenty of headroom there. a bit embarrassing when visitors call, but the heat travelled up the stairs from the ground floor and dried everything promptly. I stood on the landing to load it. Alas, I couldn't get it safely into the ceilin...
by Christine
Thu May 12, 2011 9:04 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse
Replies: 15
Views: 9456

Re: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse

Thank you for posting up that link about building with plastic bottles: my greenhouse is a real amateur effort compared with these amazing constructions. I do have a painful back from bending over the bath washing out bottles last week to get rid of the algae and renovate the greenhouse - and there ...
by Christine
Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Borlottie Beans
Replies: 25
Views: 4535

Re: Borlottie Beans

They're edible while still young and green. Later on, they acquire pink spots, and at that stage they'd be too tough to eat.
by Christine
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:31 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Borlottie Beans
Replies: 25
Views: 4535

Re: Borlottie Beans

I agree - they're incredibly good value. Eat the whole pod when young or the beans at any stage up to and including dried. I didn't know you can freeze them, though, and that's an excellent idea - the squirrels scoffed much of what I left to dry on the plants.