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ANY KEEN EX.PAT GARDENERS IN BG??

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Re: ANY KEEN EX.PAT GARDENERS IN BG??

Post Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:44 pm

Hello Joan

If you look in your freezers manual it will have a section on freezing all manner of veg. But the rule of thumb is pick young and freeze fast. In yester year we had to blanch everything before we could freeze it as the freezing mechanisims were so slow. But thankfully the new freezers are equiped with fast freeze. Anyway I'll just put a bit about it below, I hope i'm not teaching you to suck eggs, sorry if I am, here goes:

Place small amounts in poly or waxed bags, don't try to freeze too much at a time. If its cauliflower break it into 2in (5cm) pieces, peas shell first and only freeze young peas, freeze tomatoes whole. To use slip off skins under the tap, they come off very easily. Don't forget herbs freeze really well, but remember to put them in really small bags as you only need to defrost a small amount at a time. Apricots,nectarines,peaches, plums cut in half and stone the fruit. Freeze halves in a light syrup. Berries spread on trays to fast freeze then bag up and store. Apples have to be cooked before freezing. I mean't to send this as a personal e-mail, but goofed up sorry bunny

 

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Re: ANY KEEN EX.PAT GARDENERS IN BG??

Post Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2006 7:56 pm

Saskia

I have lead you astray, the only cauliflower variety that could stand the winter temps out there is "purple cape" very strong & vigourous. But even that would need protection from the wheather out there. Snow would be no problem as it keeps the plants warm, its just the bit before and the bit after the snow melts. Can I ask are we doing out veggies and gardens organically, this will make a difference on what, where and how we grow ?

PS over winter caulis don't like manure, so used summer beds are good, but not where you have grown peas, because they put a lot of nitregon into the soil the same as poo does.

bunny

 

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