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Hello from the Tamar Valley
Mon 25-Nov-13
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Tamar Lass

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I stumbled across your site when looking for new things to do with medlars and found a post wanting some advice so I thought I would share my experience.

I have a 30' tunnel in my garden, rent a 2 acre field with another couple, help to organise a Community Supported Agriculture Scheme and work for Tamar Grow Local which is a not for profit organisation supporting lots of growing projects in the Tamar Valley.

I've been pickling, preserving, freezing and generally playing around with gluts of produce for most of my adult life being intensely irritated by waste and always looking for new things to do with various fruit and vegetables. The latest 'growth' area has been wine, on the basis that you can ferment virtually anything! Turnips were a mistake at first but everything takes time and so is now a lovely desert wine, honest!

Mon 25-Nov-13
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Hi there, it sounds like you'll fit in perfectly round here, we are all of a similar mind, hate waste etc. welcome.

Mon 25-Nov-13
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Welcome Sara, this is a great site, and all of us are totally against waste, so use everything we can. Most of ,if not all of us, grow and produce food, we then, bottle it, pickle it, make Wine out of it! you get the idea.  I know what you mean about Wine,l I once made a batch of Elderberry, after a few months I tasted it, it was so disgusting, I threw it down the Sink, it's a wonder it never corroded the Pipes. By chance a Bottle had escaped the cull, and a couple of years later my son opened it, and it was heavenly! Tina xwave

Mon 25-Nov-13
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wave Yes welcome from me too, Sara !  I am sure you will have a lot to contribute to the forum & look forward to hear all about your projects.

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Mon 25-Nov-13
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Warm welcome Sara - yes, growing, pickling, jamming, jellying, and even the wine bit - plenty of that on here!

Plus cooking, of course! laugh

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Mon 25-Nov-13
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Hello Sara.  Good to have another member living in the far SW.  Are you in Cornwall or Devon?

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wave  Hi Sara and welcome to the Forum.  

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Mon 25-Nov-13
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Hi  Sara and welcome.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Mon 25-Nov-13
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Hi irist, I'm on the Cornish side but regularly travel to Devon!

 

Tue 26-Nov-13
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Shall be in Calstock on Friday or Sat evening visiting my daughter in law's sister.  Son and his family are coming down from Cambridgeshire so granddaughter can attend the Plymouth Uni open day.  They will be staying with DiL's sister and we will drive up to meet them for a meal.  Looking forward to it. 

What do you grow in your polytunnel?  We also have a 50 ft one but don't have much in it for over wintering.  Lost one door in the gales last week but have managed to repair it. Although we do grow bush fruit outside and hardier plants, we use the tunnel for more tender crops as our garden is quite exposed. As we are getting older it's a lot of work to keep on top of!

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I used to live on the Devon side of the Tamar in Plymouth.

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Calstock is about 4 miles away, we go regularly, its a lovely village and Calstock Arts have some really interesting stuff on. I mainly grow herbs & salads in my tunnel, we eat a vast amount and also sell some salad bags locally with lots of unusual stuff in them, I'm a big fan of bitter leaves like raddichio. Also got some yellow beets and brassicas for the earliest white and purple sprouting and we're still eating the last of the chillis and cape gooseberries. Last winter we had spuds in there which meant we had the earliest Franceline potatoes, top dollar for those, they all went to a caterer for a posh wedding! I love experimenting with unusual varieties and will give anything a go, just love a challenge!

 

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Hi Sara, all sounds very interesting, that is what the Chefs pay top Dollar for now, anything new and unusual.  Am growing in my Greenhouse, here on the east coast of Scotland, Spring Onions, Radish, and early Broad Beans, so far, and the weather has been pretty severe, they are ok, will let you know if there is a change, shudder!  Lost my outside Potatoes frost got them before they were covered. I did lag the Greenhouse with a double layer of heavy duty Bubble wrap. Tina xwave

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Hi Sara, I'm in Cornwall too. wave

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Hi Sara, I am in Devon but love visiting Cornwall. I am currently very frustrated that I can't be out in the garden!  Or out and about much at all.

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