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Not had a good week on the old gardening front.

Firstly, the council decided to knock down a wall at the front of our flats. They will be replacing it next week with a hideous post and rail affair (sob- our lovely rustic wall!) but to do so they will almost certainly need to dig up my purple sprouting broccoli plants, before they've had a chance to get going :( Blooming council.

Then I went to the allotment yesterday and realised that yes, my leeks do have leek rust. indeed they have it badly, and many are literally disintegrating. I dug up four of the least affected ones and we ate them this weekend- we'll try to eat as many as we can before they get too bad. I shan't bother to freeze them though, someone told me they go bitter if you do. The ones we had this weekend were lush- buttery and pungent, there's nothing like fresh leeks!

Both the PSB and the leeks were designed to feed us over the winter though so I'm a bit upset about it. I've still got a mammoth red cabbage to process and freeze, plus the swedes and the parsnips and the squashes, so long as nothing happens to any of them (!!!) but even so, it's a shame. 

Pesky mother nature! Oh well, there's always Lidl. Grumble grumble. 

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My gardening didn't get started this year and I've missed the lettuce picked, washed and on the plate within 5 minutes and all the other veg we have enjoyed in previous years. A combination of the job from hell (which is no more :D ) and MIL's dream trip to Florida (and my trip to hell) put paid to any meaningful gardening this year. We did get a few potatoes but they grew from potatoes I missed when I harvested last year. Now that I'm working civilised hours I'm hoping for a dry day  to get out to the garden to dig over the veg patch and dig in some compost before winter hits. The composter is getting rather full as it didn't have anything taken out this spring.

DH and I have actually just had the last of last year's leeks. I'm getting a new fridge freezer tomorrow so have had to empty the existing one and in the process I found some fish mix, a bag of leek and a pack of puff pastry so I added in some button mushrooms, baby corn, milk and corn flour to make a fish pie.

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Interesting- did you find the leeks went a bit bitter, frozen? I didn't understand it myself when I read thatas  they stand outside all winter don't they?

Ok, so they aren't going to taste the same as fresh. Of course they aren't, nothing does! But I am loath to waste them, I've been nurturing them since February!

Glad to hear you can get back to the gardening next year Smile

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I always chop the leeks before freezing and then add them to soup or casseroles so I've never been aware of them tasting bitter. My mum has grown leeks for as long as I can remember and has always frozen them. She's very particular about what she eats and has a very strong sense of taste and smell so she wouldn't have frozen them if it tainted their taste. She only stopped growing them because she started pinching them from my garden LOL.

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I'm with Elaine - I've never found that leeks go bitter after freezing. And I'm still using some from last year! Our soft fruit was rubbish this year, but our pears have been abundant! We have just had the last of this years courgettes - they were brilliant this year.

Dawn

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Hah, well I shall freeze then! Thank you both Smile

I finally hoiked my courgette plants out last week, the things were STILL throwing out teeny tiny courgettes. Last year they had bitten the dust by mid august! We have had so many of them this year it's unbelievable- brilliant stuff.

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Ahh bad luck lovey!!  I just been to Aldi for my 39p cabbage lol.

ursh x

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Just picked my last peppers. Green, small and rather bitter, but they sweeten a bit on cooking so I shall chop them and freeze, throwing them into things over the winter. In the end I did get 12 (i think) lovely long red peppers, (ramiero, are they called?) seeing as one pays a pound or more for two of them I did cover my costs on those- growbag and peppers I saved seed from.

I've saved seed this year too so hopefully I can grow some next year too Smile Might even grow more ! The  green peppers were an extra, I wouldn't have bothered for just green peppers as I rarely buy them.