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by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: garlic
Replies: 38
Views: 4361

Re: garlic

About now is the time to harvest garlic ... when the tops go yellow and fall over. I absolutely love "wet" garlic, the fresh cloves straight out of the garden still a bit green. Try making a white sauce with a whole head of garlic and pour it over new potatoes. It's a totally different taste .. a mu...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are flowering they won't keep, but are still perfectly OK for cooking. Just nip the flowering spike off and leave till you need that next onion. I would also leave the foliage of the other ones on the ground, they are probably not broken just bent over and will keep on growing for another co...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: As it's a wet day ....
Replies: 11
Views: 912

As it's a wet day ....

As it's a thoroughly wet day and I have already made about 15 posts, I thought I ought to get around to introducing myself. So, hello all. I was born many years ago on a very rural Kentish smallholding, so I was living the 'Good Life' long before the BBC invented the name, and have been more or less...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Font problem with this updated site ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Font problem with this updated site ?

Hi. Am I the only one to notice a problem with some font characters not showing correctly ? Some non-letter characters are being shown just plain wrong. Inverted commas and the pound sign are 2 that I noticed and I'm pretty sure it has only happened since the site upgrade. I posted an article a coup...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are overwintered onions (autumn sown) then they are just about to ripen anyway and would have fallen over all by themselves. It's usual to loosen them a bit ... sort of half pull them up, to break a few of the roots so that they complete the ripening process. They keep better if they are ful...
by Odsox
Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: quick question
Replies: 8
Views: 745

Re: quick question

Yes I have and I can highly recommend it.
Rhubarb and orange is very nice as is rhubarb and ginger but just plain old rhubarb jam on toast for breakfast is as good as any marmalade.
by Odsox
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1326

Re: Homemade butter

Well I'm pleased you got it all to work first time ... well done.
The washing business is only really important if you want to keep it for more than a few days.
Shame I live so far away, otherwise I'd be round for a cream tea !
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: breadmaker recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 6238

Re: breadmaker recommendations

I must admit that I haven't checked on the electricity usage of breadmakers v oven, but I used various makes of breadmakers over the last 10 years and have now gone back to making it by hand and baking in an oven. I got fed up with the paddles tearing big holes in the bottom of the loaf. Regarding t...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:44 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1326

Re: Homemade butter

Yes I used to make butter on a regular basis but not for many years. In a nutshell, the leaving cream for a few days produces 'ripened' butter ... one with a strong buttery flavour. Butter made with fresh cream produces a milder butter similar to Lurpac. Either way it's a case of agitating it until ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 21, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: broad bean leaves ?
Replies: 6
Views: 3906

Re: broad bean leaves ?

Hi. You can certainly eat the tops of broad beans, they taste very much like the beans themselves. It all depends which leaves they are as I think the lower more mature leaves would be too tough to eat. Either way it's easy enough to test, just stir fry a sample for a few minutes and try for yoursel...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 10, 2008 11:58 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Parsnips
Replies: 18
Views: 2194

Parsnips are weird this year, don't give up if they didn't germinate. I sowed 4 rows of parsnips on the 27th of March with fresh seed. About a dozen came up and are doing nicely now, but 2 rows did nothing. I decided to hoe off the weed today in the 2 empty rows and guess what ? Lots of freshly germ...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Broken broccoli
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Try digging up the roots that are still in the compost, you might find greyish grubs there that have eaten the stem through (cabbage root fly larvae) or you might find an yellow orangey wormy thing that has burrowed into the stem (wire worm) although that's less likely in compost. If you find the ro...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Herbs in a strawberry planter - shade or sun?
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Yeah, I agree with ocailleagh, I am trying one this year for the first time. These planters sound like a good idea but .... with the centre tube it's easy to water the bottom ones and the top ones are obviously easy, but there is no way to water the middle ones. If you discover a better use for one,...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 10, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: big flower on tomato plant ?
Replies: 7
Views: 1188

My bet is it's probably a Costoluto Fiorentino (I think that's how it's spelt) It happens to mine, every first truss has a huge mutant flower in the centre, but it just dies and never turns into a giant tomato. Doesn't seem to be a problem though, all the other "normal" flowers on the truss go on to...
by Odsox
Thu May 29, 2008 9:24 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Blueberries=HELP!, Please
Replies: 14
Views: 2224

I'm growing 2 varieties of blueberry in my garden under near ideal conditions here in south west Ireland ... acidic soil and copious rain ! One thing they didn't like though is cold wind in early spring. They had just come into flower in February when we had a nasty cold east wind which burnt the ne...