What do you do with dodgy bananas?

I saw this idea on the web somewhere, sorry I will get better at citing my sources of inspiration. If you have bananas that have seen better days stick them in the freezer. Then when you fancy a banana smoothie take them out,

Frozen bananas

Frozen bananas

don’t worry they looked like that when they went in but perfect on the inside.

I roughly chopped them (not sure that this necessary) and put in blender with 1/2 pint of semi-skim milk. Gave it a good blend and that’s it.

It was a very thick icy smoothie but really nice. My 5yo came back for more so I think that’s a good test!

Banana smoothie

Banana smoothie


Ali & Ele update.

For those of you just joining me, I’m conducting a seed grown versus grafted tomato plant trial for Huntingdon Graden & Leisure Centre, Ali (seed) and Ele (graft).

This first update sees Ali and Ele both adding a few centimetres since they first arrived home (5/5).  Ele is now measuring 55cm (added 6cm) and Ali is now measuring 35cm (added 8cm). Ele has 2 trusses developing so far, Ali has one. 

Now they are all settled in I’ve given them their first feed today.

Ali, Ele & friend

Ali, Ele & friend

Their friend’s a cherry bush variety, we’re calling Sweetie, my daughter planted up at Huntingdon Garden & Leisure’s Free Kids Club – Grow your own tomatoes (5/5).



Meet Ali & Ele

As promised the trial has begun – grafted versus seed grown tomato plants.  Huntingdon Garden and Leisure Centre invited me to conduct a trial for them.  What produces more fruit, a grafted plant or a seed grown plant.

Here are my test subjects, F1 Elegance (who shall be known as Ele), a grafted plant, and Alicante (who shall be known as Ali), a seed grown plant.

5th May – the two plants have been planted into a grow bag. At the time of planting Ele measured 49cm in height and Ali measured 27cm.  Already the grafted plant is looking a stronger specimen.  But we shall see!