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tahir



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 06 6:07 pm    Post subject: Asparagus  Reply with quote    

The missus just phoned me from sainsburys, they've got Herefordshire asparagus in stock, beware though it was next door to some from Peru...

sean
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 06 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

None here yet. Had some really nice kale (bought) and wild garlic (foraged) this evening though. That's proper kale BTW, not curly or anything stupid.

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 06 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

w00p

Bugs



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 06 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Asparagus Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:
The missus just phoned me from sainsburys, they've got Herefordshire asparagus in stock, beware though it was next door to some from Peru...


I don't normally get very upset at supermarkets making profits where profits are to be made, but this always frustrates me so much (like apples in October)...they'll have different types of packets, different stuff, and some of it'll be English and some of it 'orrible furrin stuff.

In my fantasy house I have a small asparagus field. Are you having some? You really, really ought to. I'll come and plant it myself for a share of the crop

Mrs Fiddlesticks



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 06 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

local farm shop to us had some in on Saturday. Grown in their own fields too! Very nice it was.

They, helpfully have 3 grades of asparagus - Class 1, Class 2 and Sprue. Sprue being the thinest and cheepest, but still very very good.

Jema - its Millett's we're talking about - and its definately, English!!!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 06 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not quite local shopping but we had our first mini-crop of the year out of the garden. Really is worth growing.

One question, you always seem to be told to cut the shoots a couple of inches under the ground but then you leave the last couple of inches as it's tough. Why not cut them off at ground level and not risk cutting any other shoots yet to appear?

nettie



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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 06 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lathcoats have got theirs in

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 06 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'll have to tell the missus, last week they had Peruvian, and the woman behind the counter got a bit snotty when asked where the English was.

dougal



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PostPosted: Thu May 04, 06 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
One question, you always seem to be told to cut the shoots a couple of inches under the ground but then you leave the last couple of inches as it's tough. Why not cut them off at ground level and not risk cutting any other shoots yet to appear?

My supposition - its to avoid the stump seeing sunlight. I'd guess it might produce a coppice-type effect, which really isn't what most people want of their sparrow grass.

cab



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 06 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've been eating our sparrowgrass out of the garden for a few weeks, now its resting. Its only in its third year, so we're being gentle with it.

So we've been forced to buy some if we want to eat it. Has to come from as far away as the next part of the post code district (the next 'CB' number along from us). Still tasty, but doesn't eating it fresh from the garden just completely wipe the floor with bought stuff?

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