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Green tomato chutney

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 15. 18 Replies

Some of my cherry tomatoes never make it to ripe and red. I found out today that you can make chutney with unripe tomatoes.What recipe do you use?Here are a few examples but not tested. …Continue

Fipronil contamination and eggs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Aug 15. 4 Replies

In Australia, it is marketed under numerous trade names, including Combat Ant-Rid, Radiate and Termidor, and as generic fipronil. …Continue

Growing onions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Feb 10. 4 Replies

Growing onions on your window sill. Brilliant!…Continue


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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Garden Visit and Andy's Home Booze Demonstration'
"Sorry I won't be able to make it but it looks to be a fantastic day for a GV before it starts raining again. Have fun. "
Oct 22
Andrew Cumberland replied to Valerie's discussion Green tomato chutney
"Good spot Valerie.  I'm starting to think I'm going to have to take them green.  Damn rats are slaughtering mine. "
Oct 15
Valerie replied to Valerie's discussion Green tomato chutney
"I found this link which is interesting."
Oct 15
Valerie commented on Susan's blog post Busy in October
"I just found this link for green tomatoes if you'll rip them all off. I'll have to post on the other thread too. "
Oct 15
Valerie commented on Susan's blog post Busy in October
"I love that tip Elaine. Susan, great to see how your garden is going. Thanks for sharing. Oh and google eggplant bacon, worth a try. I have also seen a chocolate eggplant cake recipe somewhere but haven't tried it. "
Oct 15
Valerie favorited Susan's blog post Busy in October
Oct 15
Susan commented on Valerie's photo

And just like that it's spring again

"I'm guilty of that too Valerie - One year I had tonnes of peaches that  I was going to preserve.  Next thing I knew, I had rotting peaches on the bench and no preserves :)"
Oct 15
Sophie favorited Valerie's photo
Oct 14
Valerie commented on Valerie's photo

And just like that it's spring again

"My last lot did not make it to roasting stage unfortunately. I picked it and then got distracted. So, it went to waste on the bench..."
Oct 11
Elaine de Saxe commented on Valerie's photo

And just like that it's spring again

"How did you find the coffee after roasting? Fiddly I believe but worth it?"
Oct 11
Elaine de Saxe favorited Valerie's photo
Oct 11
Valerie posted a photo

And just like that it's spring again

My coffee tree. Barely had time to harvest the last lot.
Oct 11
Elaine de Saxe favorited Valerie's photo
Oct 9
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Valerie's photo


"wow that looks like a really great set up ! yes we could do with a bit more rain now! feels humid enough for a storm today ! heres crossing fingers for you ! "
Oct 9
Valerie left a comment for Ashley Tester
"Welcome to the site Ashley. I hope we get to see your setting one day. It sounds like a great project."
Oct 9
Valerie posted a photo


Finally set up after sitting in the box for far too long. The soil is moist but I am still hoping for some rain as the seedling are not that happy.
Oct 9

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Spring at The Gap

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 20:30 6 Comments

On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …


April at The Gap

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 5 Comments

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…


A mild december, early new year

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 21:30 0 Comments

Considering the weather is holding on to a very mild gardenable temperature with steady drizzle and tomorrow is the most favorable time to plant fruit in the garden, it's a good time for early new year resolution to clean up the garden. Photos to come.

Spring in The Gap

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 18:38 4 Comments

It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.…


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At 1:57 on August 18, 2017, David Richardson said…

Thanks for the warm welcome.

At 21:07 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

.... and drop off worm farms to you! [sorry i left that out of my above comment]

At 21:06 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

ok LoL the garden visit is not until June, thats too far into time for me to know what im doing around than heehee.... but im driving into the city for rural discovery day {kids school trip} on the 22nd of May and if you are available, i can pick up before or after we have finished in there ??? 

At 20:57 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

HI Valerie, 

Im not sure about the next garden visit.... BRB ill just check when it is.... but id love to do a swap with you. {ps: these two farms do not have legs, i had them on bricks} 

At 20:21 on November 17, 2013, Muriel said…

Thanks very much for the lovely afternoon Valerie-Ann.

If you could bring plate to the Christmas garden visit that would be great.

Also please thank Rhys for the hose which will come in very useful


At 8:58 on March 17, 2013, DARREN JAMES said…

H Valerie jerusalum artichokes would still be growing and not ready for harvest yet and it may be hard at the moment to find   any rhisomes. to grow You may have to wait a while winter perhaps .One place worth a try is Kenmore village in the fruit shop although they may be in the same predicament..Good luck

At 5:16 on March 16, 2013, Lissa said…

Welcome to the Garden Visit group Valerie-Anne.

Keep an eye on the Calendar within the group to see where visits are planned for the year. I also list them in Events as some require RSVP.

Addresses for the visits are sent out the week before via email to your actual email account (whatever you have provided to the BLF site) - they don't turn up in your Private Messages.

Let me know if you have any problems. I'm happy to help :)

At 17:59 on February 24, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Valerie- Anne :)




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