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Recipes / Re: Aubergines
« Last post by Obelixx on Yesterday at 10:41:39 »
I used to enjoy aubergines but haven't for a few years now.  However, when I did, the classic recipe was Italian style - sliced aubergine, grilled then layered in a gratin dish with a tomato and basil sauce, mozzarella and Parmesan.  Bake till heated thru and the top layer of Parmesan is crusty.   If you slice the aubergine lengthways you can roll it round tomatoes, basil and mozzarella then spear it with a cocktail stick, top with a cheesy sauce or grated Parmesan and bake.

Tagine made with prunes and almonds and substituting aubergine chunks for lamb is also very good.
Recipes / Re: Aubergines
« Last post by galina on Yesterday at 06:58:33 »
Brinjal chutney.  Used to eat it by the spoon as it is so yummy.  Lots of recipes online.
Edible Plants / Re: Excited
« Last post by squeezyjohn on September 18, 2018, 07:38:26 »
Definitely leave the netting on.  As autumn progresses in to winter, the animals become hungrier, and your vegetables become the sweetest, most nutritious food available to them as the grass and weeds die back. 

Things like brussels sprouts and purple sprouting often end up pushing at the top of my nets.  Sometimes this can make the leaves go a bit mucky at that point, but the rest of the plant will be OK.

Without the net and hoop system on my allotment site, I doubt I'd get very much of a harvest at all!
The Shed / Re: Sad News
« Last post by Georgie on September 17, 2018, 17:13:38 »
Thank you for all your kind comments, I have passed them onto the family. The funeral is tomorrow and I will be there. It looks like it will be a sunny day and I know there will be lots of flowers. Just as Lorna would have liked it. 😊
Veggie Show / Re: Liked this One
« Last post by Obelixx on September 17, 2018, 17:07:11 »
I think you picked out the best one there Tee Gee.  The others are a bit serious and/or OTT.   I like those mugs too. 
The Shed / Re: Am I allowed to boast?
« Last post by Palustris on September 17, 2018, 16:38:04 »
And yet another book.

Edible Plants / Re: Excited
« Last post by AnnieD on September 17, 2018, 15:53:58 »
Yes I would definitely leave the netting on otherwise those pigeons will get them all! I did get a lot of whitefly last year, but the crops seemed to be ok after washing. My purple sprouting were vandalised by the pigeons so they are all covered up this year!
Edible Plants / Re: Excited
« Last post by Digeroo on September 17, 2018, 15:19:39 »
I would suggest that you do not have the netting too tights so that the plants can grow if necessary, if the leaves are tight against the netting the critters can poke through at it.
Veggie Show / Re: Vegetable Collections
« Last post by Tee Gee on September 17, 2018, 14:03:47 »
I retire next year so hope to give more time to growing some nice onions.

The key to good Onions is the seed stock! As you may have seen some of the winners were of the growers " Own Strain"

I am not one for giving out tips ( I find it better to leave each to their own) but sometimes I do so here is the tip for today.

DT Brown's sponsor the Onion classes at Harrogate and I dare say the have sourced some seed from these champion growers and grown the on commercially.

They have a variety called " Exhibition" catalogue number 25801 priced around 99p for 120 seeds.

I grew them for the first time last season and was very impressed with them (see pics) and I guess if I had nursed them like the pros do, I guess they might have been at least half as big again.

These ones were basically left to grow themselves with no additional feeding or watering, this year they were not quite so big but considering the dry weather we have had this year this is not surprising.

If you do go this route let me wish you luck! and I hope you enjoy your retirement.

Speaking of which I plan to retire from " allotmenteering" at the end of this year after more than 40 years of it.

I just don't have the enthusiasm for it anymore, but I guess I will still dabble a bit in my garden at home!
Veggie Show / Re: Vegetable Collections
« Last post by lezelle on September 17, 2018, 12:54:14 »
Hi Ya, nice pics Tee Gee. You can see that different onions have different show rules. I retire next year so hope to give more time to growing some nice onions. It would be just fer me as I do enjoy growing something well. cheers
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