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Tomatoes, not ripening !

Tomatoes, not ripening !Recently I was asked why someone’s tomatoes had not ripened, and replied asking whether they wanted the long or short answer. They chose the short answer:- 1. Was sunlight reaching the fruit? 2. Had you tried banana skins (they give off ethane promoting ripening). Try it in the greenhouse or with the best developed fruit [...]

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Damson’s little secrets

Damson’s little secretsLike most fruit crops the damsons are in advance of their normal ripening time (September), and should soon be ready. It certainly pays dividends to clear away any fallen fruit as these invariably contain a little maggot, and their removal prevents a build up of the problem. These fruits have many uses, and are worth [...]

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To Bin !

To Bin !To bin or not to bin, that is the question. Whether it’s nobler in the eyes of man (make that woman, they are far more aesthetic) to heap or bin your compost. I stand foursquare in the heap camp, yes I know it might not look too nice, but there are positive benefits which are [...]

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Truffles anybody !

Truffles anybody !I was at the Wayland Show on Sunday promoting organic growing, when I had a very interesting conversation on of all things Truffles, no, not the chocolate ones, but the prized culinary ones. It seems that Breckland has the ideal conditions for their growth, a combination of chalk and clay, and they are already present [...]

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Gluts ahoy!

The recent spell of warm weather, combined with watering, is now producing a surplus of cucumbers and courgettes. The only problem is that like buses, cucumbers tend to arrive in packs followed by several days of famine, the best way to overcome this is to wash the cucumbers and carefully dry before wrapping in cling [...]

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