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Hazelnut Aug 24th 2016 2:06 pm

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For lunch today I had a load of this

Tesco Whole Cucumber Each - Groceries - Tesco Groceries

with fresh cherry tomatoes, rocket leaf salad and a huge wedge of red leicester cheese with fresh bread straight out the breadmaker. Whole thing was under £2. :p

MrsFychan Aug 24th 2016 9:17 pm

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Originally Posted by Justcol (Post 12033823)
Now Ernie dragged him from his van and beneath the blazing sun,
They stood there face to face, and Ted went for his bun.
But Ernie was too quick, things didn't go the way Ted planned,
And a strawberry-flavoured yogurt sent it spinning from his hand.

Now Susie ran between them and tried to keep them apart,
And Ernie, he pushed her aside and a rock cake caught him underneath his heart.
And he looked up in pained surprise and the concrete hardened crust,
Of a stale pork pie caught him in the eye and Ernie bit the dust.

oh that brought back memories

BEVS Aug 24th 2016 11:06 pm

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Originally Posted by Hazelnut (Post 12033976)
For lunch today I had a load of this

Tesco Whole Cucumber Each - Groceries - Tesco Groceries

with fresh cherry tomatoes, rocket leaf salad and a huge wedge of red leicester cheese with fresh bread straight out the breadmaker. Whole thing was under £2. :p

:demon:

Kotare Aug 24th 2016 11:55 pm

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I planted four cucumber plants in the veg garden today - next the roadside stall - my wife is already looking at diamond pendants :)

bourbon-biscuit Aug 25th 2016 2:20 am

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A noticed a Guardian article yesterday where immigrants in NZ were discussing life there ... and someone mentioned buying a cucumber for $6.50. I thought, that's fighting talk, that is :lol:

https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...in-new-zealand

barnsleymat Aug 25th 2016 3:08 am

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Cucumber News has finally gone global.

It was only a matter of time.

BEVS Aug 25th 2016 3:23 am

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Originally Posted by bourbon-biscuit (Post 12034397)
A noticed a Guardian article yesterday where immigrants in NZ were discussing life there ... and someone mentioned buying a cucumber for $6.50. I thought, that's fighting talk, that is :lol:


Originally Posted by barnsleymat (Post 12034416)
Cucumber News has finally gone global.

It was only a matter of time.

Was that you Barnsleymat incognito :sneaky:

There are some good balanced viewpoints within that article TBH.

I do feel that it is a certain sort of immigrant that defends the inflated prices of fruit/veg at certain times of the year here. Most of the locals around me berate the high prices & don't bleat on about buy in season. They want what they want, when they want it ... at an affordable price.

Sounds a bit normal to me .

barnsleymat Aug 25th 2016 8:25 am

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Not me, but he does talk a lot of sense. He's spot on about the beer prices and measures too, it's scandalous.

Hazelnut Aug 25th 2016 6:43 pm

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Sorry Bevs :lol:

I don't understand why NZ doesn't have a year round supply of cheaper cucumbers and tomoatoes. With a decent greenhouse they can be grown all year round in almost the whole UK and NZ is supposed to be a much better climate for growing them!

Kotare Aug 25th 2016 10:03 pm

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They can be grown year round, certainly up north, but:

a) greenhouses are expensive
b) some people don't have the space/green fingers/energy
c) more fun whinging about commercial costs.

On the commercial side - distribution costs in NZ are high and it is a relatively small market. I don't understand how the local citrus growers survive selling mandarins etc at $4 for a largish string bag.

BEVS Aug 26th 2016 2:08 am

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Originally Posted by Hazelnut (Post 12035009)
Sorry Bevs :lol:

I don't understand why NZ doesn't have a year round supply of cheaper cucumbers and tomoatoes. With a decent greenhouse they can be grown all year round in almost the whole UK and NZ is supposed to be a much better climate for growing them!

Neither do I Hazlenut. Neither do I.

One time I will remember to take my life in my hands and stop on our Route60 to take photo evidence of the ma-hoossive greenhouses hereabouts all housing mythical salad items........for export.

Kotare Aug 26th 2016 2:16 am

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Originally Posted by BEVS (Post 12035314)
Neither do I Hazlenut. Neither do I.

One time I will remember to take my life in my hands and stop on our Route60 to take photo evidence of the ma-hoossive greenhouses hereabouts all housing mythical salad items........for export.

Which seems to translate as we are paying the going rate or why export?

Kotare Aug 26th 2016 3:55 am

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Now you have all planted your cucumbers in garden tubs or the flower garden I thought this would fascinate you (to cope with the imminent glut)

SO MUCH MORE THAN A CUCUMBER

Uses for your cucumbers:
-Rubbing a cucumber slice over your bathroom mirror eliminates the fogging up.
-Place a few slices in a small aluminium pie tin to repel bugs and slugs. Apparently the cucumber and aluminium give off a scent that makes pests flee the area.
-Fight the afternoon or evening snack craving by eating cucumber. They are a good energy restorer and beat that coffee or tea caffeine fix, lasting for several hours.
-Avoid a hangover or headache by eating a few slices before going to bed. The sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes replenish the nutrients your body needs.
-Give your shoes a quick polish with a slice of cucumber. Provides a great shine that also repels water.
-Fix a squeaky hinge by rubbing it with a cucumber slice.
-Eliminate bad breath by pressing a slice of cucumber to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.
-Clean taps, sinks and stainless steel with a slice of cucumber. Apparently it even removes tarnish and leaves no streaks.
-Run the outside of a cucumber over pen, crayon or marker writing. It will slowly remove those adorable scribbles made by kids on your walls.

BEVS Aug 26th 2016 4:00 am

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Originally Posted by Kotare (Post 12035322)
Which seems to translate as we are paying the going rate or why export?

Or paying an inflated rate as there are no import costs. One of the things that might inflate the prices would be heating costs.


Originally Posted by Kotare (Post 12035386)
Now you have all planted your cucumbers in garden tubs or the flower garden I thought this would fascinate you (to cope with the imminent glut)

I'm not planting until the frosts have gone. My glass house is not heated.

Good tips for cucumber use. Not a naughty suggestion among them. :sneaky:

LittleGreyCat Aug 27th 2016 5:30 pm

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All this talk about cucumbers made me wonder about polytunnels.

A quick search suggests that such things are available in NZ, however it wouldn't take much space to bring a new one across.

Anyone here using a polytunnel to grow cucumbers (or even the dreaded tomato)?


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