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by okra
Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting atm?
Replies: 108
Views: 24359

Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Still got over a row of leeks to harvest - has anybody got experience or advice on dehydrating leeks.
by okra
Tue Mar 01, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: eco village
Replies: 1
Views: 992

Re: eco village

very interesting - maybe a volunteering option for the future
by okra
Thu Feb 04, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Top 5 to grow on the Allotment to grow the most
Replies: 10
Views: 1517

Re: Top 5 to grow on the Allotment to grow the most

I have always worked on the grow what you like to eat the most. Some crops are also worth growing because they are unavailable or very pricey in supermarkets. Potatoes and onions are a must for us - they last ans you pay so much more for organic. Perpetual spinach goes on and on at producing lots of...
by okra
Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:10 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting atm?
Replies: 108
Views: 24359

Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Still have kale, some brussels, perpetual spinach, winter lettuces in the greenhouse and we have 3 rows of potatoes to dig when the rain stops and the ground dries out a bit. Some spuds have regenerated with the mild conditions but will no doubt die off as soon as we get the 1st heavy frost
by okra
Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting atm?
Replies: 108
Views: 24359

Re: What are you harvesting atm?

Today half a row of spuds, onions, radishes, parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers, french and runner beans, spinach and plums. That should keep us going for a few days. Enjoyed a lovely bean salad with wedges and a spinach and onion quiche tonight.
by okra
Sun Jun 21, 2015 6:33 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting atm?
Replies: 108
Views: 24359

Re: What are you harvesting atm?

A few peas, broad beans, shallots and perpetual spinach but loads and loads of strawberries. We have probably had over 20Kg from our six rows already. Have made jam, dehydrated 2 jars full, 2 lots of strawberry wine started, strawberry muffins and have frozen 8 sliced packs for later use for crumble...
by okra
Sun May 31, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: My allotment's too small
Replies: 25
Views: 3393

Re: My allotment's too small

I took on a second plot in January and after the hard work of clearing it through winter its amazing how quickly you can fill-up two plots. More of everything especially spuds, tomatoes, butter-nut squashes and brassica this year. Even fewer trips to the supermarket!!!
by okra
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:20 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: new monsanto GM seed factory in Argentina
Replies: 3
Views: 2398

Re: new monsanto GM seed factory in Argentina

Looks like EU are allowing GM creep into Europe

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-30796293
by okra
Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:46 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dehydrator
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Re: Dehydrator

Purchased an Excalibur 9 tray and so far have dehydrated pineapple, apple, banana, yacon, peppers, lemons and clementines. It's brilliant - thanks for all the advice.
by okra
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dehydrator
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Re: Dehydrator

Thanks for the responses, after some more research I think we will go for the Excalibur 9 tray model. Looks like dehydration options are endless, strawberries, soup mixes and sultanas are just some we are looking forward to trying.
by okra
Fri Dec 05, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dehydrator
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Re: Dehydrator

I've got an Excalibur 9 drawer. It's one of the most expensive, but I got mine off Ebay secondhand. It's worth keeping an eye out because it's good - size and temperature control being the main things that are missing on cheaper brands, I think. I've used it mainly for drying herbs, fruit and veg f...
by okra
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Dehydrator
Replies: 6
Views: 2423

Dehydrator

Has anyone purchased a dehydrator which they would recommend?

How often do you use it, what have you dried and was it worth the expense as some seem quite expensive.
by okra
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Show us your harvest!
Replies: 84
Views: 7858

Re: Show us your harvest!

Green Aura wrote:Crikey, I think you might be right! :shock:

What have you done with the other 7kg?


Nice raw in a salad, tried crisps but cut too thickly so going to try gain. Apparently also nice boiled in their skins and then opened-up and roasted but yet to try either of these yet.
by okra
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Show us your harvest!
Replies: 84
Views: 7858

Re: Show us your harvest!

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Yacon Syrup
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Planted 8 yacon plants which produced 15 kg of tubers. Used 8 Kg of the crop to produce 375 grams of syrup. Tastes great but I am not sure the effort involved was worth it.
by okra
Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Sloppy potatoes
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Sloppy potatoes

Cyprus are famous for their red soil coated spuds, so it isn't the area. Are you trying to grow varieties that just don't grow well in that environment? The easiest thing would be to find out what locals grow, rather than trying to bend conditions to grow what you're maybe more familiar with. Think...

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