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what have you harvested this week/ today!
Wed 9-Jun-10
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JoannaS
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I bulk out chutneys with courgettes too and use them in lots of other things as a bulking agent like stews and casseroles. I also use them instead of carrots in carrot cake, this recipe works well but I halve the amount of sugar and a friend of mine doubles the amount of cinnamon. I also dehydrated some of mine but put them in the freezer as Mrs MOS is right, they're like a sponge and seem to soak the water back up again if left out but at least they only take up a 1/4 of the space in the freezer.Cheers

Wed 9-Jun-10
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hi joanna how do you dry yours do you have a dehydrator, or drying box, or do you use the airing cupboard as afriend of mine does MOS,xx

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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THX fr all your replies: the soups/panfried one sounds delicious.  However, Joanna reminded me of my dehydrator so I will use that this time.

Wed 9-Jun-10
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MOS said:

hi joanna how do you dry yours do you have a dehydrator, or drying box, or do you use the airing cupboard as afriend of mine does MOS,xx


 

I used a dehydrator for the marrow. I am looking into getting a solar dehydrator built so that we can dry large quantities of stuff when the weather is nice but for autumn the only way to dry stuff is a dehydrator as it is so damp here at that time of the year (we even had to resort to a dehumidifier in the house after books started going mouldy one year). I had some dried marrow in our risotto tonight and I think it is better than using fresh as it has a bit more taste to it. Cheers

Wed 9-Jun-10
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I harvested my first bowl of strawberries today - quite a big bowl and the whole lot got demolished for pudding.

 

Wed 9-Jun-10
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dident you save me even 1 Cry

oh well il'e have a cheese scone then Devil

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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Green Rosie said:

I harvested my first bowl of strawberries today - quite a big bowl and the whole lot got demolished for pudding.


 

Oh Boasty Boasty one Big_Laugh

Lucky you, Rosie. Do please keep us updated on which fruit and veggies ripen at yours so that we can become even more envious when they ripen two months ahead of the UK  Doh

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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I'm harvesting strawberries too. They are in the polytunnel and they are fantastic.Magic

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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ITS all rite for them as gets there strawberries firstWink, we mere mortals just stand by and dream of fresh home grown strawberries Cry,but we arnt bitterAngry, no we arnt, not at all Roll_Eyes,not in any way, not even if they were gorgous,Doh (wich i bet they were )but we dont envy them as has um Smug,realy we dont well not much .OK we do,Steam and its just crewel taunting us with them,YOU JAMMY BUGERS !!!!MonsterDevil

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Wed 9-Jun-10
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My heart bleeds!!!!Wave

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Thu 10-Jun-10
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Harvesting my second cherry tree on Friday with a saw.  Ten or so years of free growing (neglect ..the previous owners were living in Turkey) allows only birds and  very adventurous small children access to the fruit.  I have discovered two plum trees, a pear tree and something which I do not know how to translate which tastes horrible from the tree but deliicious as a conserve.  Oh, I almost forgot….I have a walnut tree and two grape vines.   How's that grab you MOS!!Whistle

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Thu 10-Jun-10
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Danny said:

Green Rosie said:

I harvested my first bowl of strawberries today - quite a big bowl and the whole lot got demolished for pudding.


 

Oh Boasty Boasty one Big_Laugh

Lucky you, Rosie. Do please keep us updated on which fruit and veggies ripen at yours so that we can become even more envious when they ripen two months ahead of the UK  Doh


 

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Actually most things are really behind this year due to the cold dry spring - I was harvesting strawberries 10 days earlier last year as well as a load of other stuff.  It's Shelley who should really get the early stuff.

Thu 10-Jun-10
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Ive just had the first dozen or so of my strawberrys ,courgetts not quite big enough a week more maybe mangetout ( a few) and peas a little while had my first grop of radish and almost finished rainbow chard thinking on putting some in the beds all of this without a polytunnel .Whistle Experimenting with some stuff called slug gone made into pellets from untreated sheeps wool sprinkle evenly round plants water in an hey presto you have a mat that slugs hate and also mulches the plants its biodegradable as well fingers crossed it works as having hard time with slugs SteamCryDoh

Thu 10-Jun-10
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I started harvesting my strawberries this week - only eaten one so far, I'm using the others in the strawberry vodka Laugh

The only other things I've had from the garden so far have been salad veg and quail eggs. Todays lunch is almost self-sufficient. I've got a salad made up of various salad leaves from the garden, including chives and land cress, topped with half a dozen hard boiled quail eggs. I've cheated a bit and thrown in some cherry tomatoes which were in the office fridge, left over from a lunchtime seminar yesterday.

 

(I always find myself about to type cheery tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes... Well, Keith Floyd used to say you should always use happy tomatoes Wink)

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Thu 10-Jun-10
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Thanks for that tip about Slug Gone, Fiona. That sounds like a brilliant idea:

'Slug Gone' wool pellets are composed of 100% natural materials
including phosphorous, nitrogen and potassium. As soon as water is added
the fibres swell to form a barrier or insulation blanket. When slugs
climb onto the fibres it irritates the foot and causes it to seek easier
feeding elsewhere.

 

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