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30 August 2008

Gifts galore!

Moving on from Weymouth, we’re off to see my Dad in Basingstoke – we’re such big fans of roundabouts!. As we were going to be away from home for a couple of days before seeing him, it was not possible to take him any really fresh stuff from the garden so I put together this [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 4:00 pm

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29 August 2008

Time away.

We are currently enjoying a much-deserved long-ish weekend away, staying with Owen’s parents in Weymouth. Sea air in abundance. Sunshine might be a bit much to hope for.

As with our trip last weekend, I have put together a little box of goodies for them. The eagle-eyed among you will be able to spot tomatoes there. [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 10:05 am

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27 August 2008

Feeling foolish

Having posted about my forays into tomato ripening using bananas and received some very useful comments, I have now moved tomatoes and bananas into bowls in the kitchen to see whether that makes any difference (the plants were showing distinct signs of blight and so needed getting rid of too).
My cheeks are still redder than [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 4:32 pm

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26 August 2008

On un-neighbourly thoughts

I’m supposed to be on holiday right now, or off work at least.  But tightening our belts means that we have not planned to go away and this, combined with me falling behind at work thanks to being a bit poorly sick a little while ago, means that I have today been stuck at home [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 2:45 pm

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23 August 2008

Storing garlic

It’s a total faff. First, you have to dry the garlic with all its leaves attached taking up laods of room and – in a summer like this one – stinking out the utility room because it’s so bloody wet outside. Then there’s the actual wrestling the bulbs and stems in a french braid technique, [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 7:13 pm

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20 August 2008

The verdict

Some time ago I posted about my attempts to make pickled garlic. At the time I was unable to say whether the recipe I used was up to scratch because the jars of said garlic had to cure for at least three weeks before being eaten. That was some time ago now and I can [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 4:10 pm

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19 August 2008

Courgettes – what am I doing wrong?

Ok, so by this time of year anyone with a courgette plant or two is overrun with the blighters. Not me. No, no no. We’ve had a few very tasty individual fruit from our Costa Romanesque and Rondo di Nizza plants but we are nowhere near a glut. How come?
The soil is nicely manured and [...]

Filed under: Mulch — Clare @ 3:35 pm

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15 August 2008

Flushing tomatoes

I’m not much of a tomato grower. (Let’s face it, other than beans and potatoes I’m not much of an anything grower!) I have no greenhouse so I have to rely on hardy varieties that stand a chance of being successful on a sunny-ish, sheltered patio. So far my toms have done pretty [...]

Filed under: Mulch, Veg showcase — Clare @ 2:38 pm

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