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Today at 09:37:46 by galina | Views: 42 | Comments: 0

Just reading the Organic Way magazine from HDRA/GO (autumn winter 2016 issue 216).  On page 25 is a super write-up about our Squash64 and hubby Colin, from Wallsall Road Allotments in Brum.  Colin hails from Sicily and this is reflected in their allotment growing.  Many of us will remember the stunning photos of Betty's Sicilian Snake squashes, which unfortunately were not featured in the article. 

Enjoyed reading this, congratulations both!   :icon_cheers: :sunny:
Yesterday at 21:34:37 by winecap
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A few years ago I collected a couple of bags of apples from a tree on waste ground. They were great -  slightly russet skin, quite sweet, somewhat nutty, with a rich fruity flavour. They were mostly yellow/tan coloured, and most notably, about the size of a grapefruit and similar in shape. I suspect the tree had been part of an old orchard as there were a couple of other trees there. Unfortunately, the tree was dead the following year. I have never been able to put a name to it, but wonder if anybody can suggest something. I would love to get hold of a tree.
Yesterday at 15:19:50 by davholla | Views: 125 | Comments: 5

I have a mixture of edible and non edible plants in pots.
Gooseberries, Blueberries, roses etc.  For the Gooseberries and roses I have in the past every winter  removed the planter at the bottom and let the water run out so they don't get water logged, but is that a mistake?  Should I stand them on something so the pot doesn't lose fertility?
Yesterday at 07:23:34 by ACE
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I lost my sprout seedlings due to my nice neighbour turning my watering system off when I was on holiday earlier in the year. He kept hearing water running and was worried I had a leak, it was the automatic watering system and he was not to know. Anyway when we got back most of my seedlings had withered away, so I chucked them and started again. Surprise, surprise they picked up on the compost heap so I planted the originals and I have some good Brussel sprouts coming on. The seeds I replaced also came up but a bit late really to put in, but I did and now I have these lovey little brussels  with no sprouts but the little round leaves are bug free and perfect. Waste not want not, I picked a bunch and we cooked them up. Excellent taste and texture, I remember now back in the early 50's that sprouts were used leaves and all, I suppose people got used to doing it during the war when anything edible was used. This is not a thing I usually do nowadays as there are plenty of alternatives for greens during the winter. Does anybody else eat sprout leaves?


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