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Just a starter.

Can we have a place in here to discuss stuff that we grow to make or flavour our drinks?

At some point I want to plant a full scale botanical garden for useful plants (along the lines of Culpepers, as I have a copy of his 1826 version!!), but the conversations may get lost in the other sections.

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You can't plant the entire culpepers :D :D I have one too, sadly not 1826, but it's got the same huge ammount of stuff in it.
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Something like this myles?
I have been itching for something like this.
So many of us grow stuff.

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Wishful thinking. :lol:

However, I do have aspirations for a decent botanical garden. I have a signed copy of Amy Stewart's "The Drunken Botanist" for inspiration. :D

We have just started the next phase of garden development. 16 x raised beds and a 20 ft greenhouse. I am going to put in a secure section - we now have 3 grandchildren - because I want to include medicinal plants. Some of these are dangerous, like Wolfsbane, so precautions need to be taken.

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Very good idea to have a secure section for your 'special herbs..' :roll:

I imagine quite a few of us grow all sorts of things, not just for fermenting, would be nice to get some tips, I have one, don't what ever you do put 3 squash and 3 courgette in your green house..FFS...lesson learned there big time! It was like Indiana Jones searching for the lost tomatoes.
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myles wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:57 pm
Some of these are dangerous, like Wolfsbane, so precautions need to be taken.
Ooh, do you have a werewolf in your midst?! :wolf:

(I may have been enjoying Harry Potter with the kids recently :lol: )

Edit: sorry Myles! Totally irrelevant :oops:

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I can easily crowd my small, (14 metre) polytunnel with courgettes and pumpkins, when everything else is in there. :)

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I went to a continental market a few months back and bought an established grape in a big container. The main stem is about 6 inch in diameter, trained as a goblet with 6 arms, each of which is 2 inch diameter.

It is going in the greenhouse and it will be joined with Calamondin Oranges. Several years ago we made marmalde from these. Outstanding, sweet, perfumed, marmalade. A real winner.

Have started sourcing herb seeds!!

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Your vine sounds really good,
I had friends that had one planted outside, that grew through a fashioned hole in the wall and then up and under the roof of the conservatory, about 12' of very productive grape harvest each year.
My two, totally outdoors, struggled through a couple of years and died.

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We set 50 as a trial. All gone. Did a couple of harvests, but there is a winemakers saying that you are either a grower or a maker, but rarely both... And my merlot is very nice.
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myles wrote:
Fri Dec 13, 2019 10:57 pm
Wishful thinking. :lol:

However, I do have aspirations for a decent botanical garden. I have a signed copy of Amy Stewart's "The Drunken Botanist" for inspiration. :D
Just finishing off reading this. Couldn't believe it when I found it in a hospice shop for 50p. Best value for money ever.
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The satisfaction of eating a totally home grown meal is one of my guilty pleasures.
Whether Pork, Lamb or chicken for me, with sometimes 6 or 7 home grown veg. and a few homegrown herbs.
Haven't bought tinned Tomatoes for years, we pick and freeze the excess, whole, and just pour them into the pan.

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Cannot agree more with that statement.

Own veg. Own meat. own bread washed down with your own booze. One of life's simple pleasures.
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