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  1. My birth month

    by , 01-09-2019 at 09:51 PM
    So September has arrived and the busy summer season here on the islands is dwindling as families return to the mainland ready for the start of the new school year. Autumn is a gentle season on Scilly as the pink amaryllis belladonnas and magnificent crinum lilies in white and sugar pink come into bloom. The bracken turns russet and gold, spiders webs are festooned everywhere, the apple trees are laden with Bramleys, the hedgerows with blackberries, the Jerusalem artichoke 'forest' with small sunflower ...
  2. A long absence

    by , 27-08-2019 at 08:56 PM
    So, nearly ten years after I joined the Grapevine, I've returned There are so many gardening groups and forums online and I was mad enough to join lots of them all those years ago. Things have moved on, I've dropped most of them apart from MyFolia (where I was an original Beta tester before the website went live) and The Grapevine (I had to search my email accounts to find out which one I'd signed up with).

    Sadly, the developers of Folia have decided to call it a day, partly because ...
  3. Glut of cucumbers. Babru link

    by , 17-08-2019 at 06:31 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Babru View Post
    I've only got one cucumber plant, but even that produces too many for two people (OH is a somewhat reluctant cucumber eater, but is making a valiant effort because I grew them). Variety is Delistar, and although it is F1 and not everyone wants that, it produces lovely little thin-skinned delicate veg.

    Anyway, the glut. I also stir-fry them, and they add a lovely crunch. In my search for other uses, I have found 47 recipes on the BBC food website
  4. Radish Pod recipes

    by , 13-07-2019 at 06:57 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet View Post
    200g radish pods
    60g salt
    2 dried chillies
    300ml white wine vinegar

    Make certain you pick the pods on a dry day then pick over to remove any that are hard or blemished.

    combine the salt and 600ml water in a pan. Heat gently, until the salt dissolves then bring to a boil. Add the radish pods and take off the heat. When the pods turn bright green drain and use for pickling.

    If the pods do not turn bright green, strain them, add
  5. End of Month view of the Garden – June 2019

    by , 30-06-2019 at 03:58 PM
    End of Month view of the Garden – June 2019 (link:…
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