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by VM
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:48 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 5600

Re: Cordon fruit trees

I have just found one little apple on my cordon apple planted this year. It is a variety called Barnack Beauty. Very excited as curious to see what it is like - but perhaps I should be taking it off!
by VM
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:44 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie from Cambs
Replies: 7
Views: 1267

Re: Newbie from Cambs

Seem to have forgotten to visit again for a while - so perhaps you won't see this, but thought would empathise (vicariously) re: the heavy clay soil. Round where we are, on the edge of the fens, the soil is lovely loam or heavy clay. We are lucky enough to have the loam in our garden that we moved t...
by VM
Tue May 27, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 5600

Re: Cordon fruit trees

I am just starting with trained fruit trees - have put in two apple cordons and two pears to be grown as espaliers - with room for some more of both if I get the hang of it.

So I shall follow your progress with interest.
by VM
Tue May 27, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: What will grow under and around fruit bushes or trees?
Replies: 9
Views: 2334

Re: What will grow under and around fruit bushes or trees?

I too was going to suggest leafy/salady things as they don't mind some shade. The bushes may spread further so might need to think about that when planting perennials.

And waving as well - I come from Cambs and live in South Lincs. :wave:
by VM
Tue May 27, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing peppers in an unheated greenhouse in the UK
Replies: 12
Views: 4749

Re: Growing peppers in an unheated greenhouse in the UK

We have never had problems with germination - start them in a propagator. And the plants do fine, but we have never managed to get red peppers, just lots of green ones. They are wonderfully fresh-tasting, but still a bit sad not to have red ones. Previously we were growing them in a large polytunnel...
by VM
Tue May 13, 2014 7:57 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken breeding opportunity
Replies: 0
Views: 7799

Chicken breeding opportunity

Garden Hens in Cheshire, from whom I've bought hens in the past, are ending their rare breed chicken business. I noticed on their website today that they are asking if anyone might be interested in taking it over. They may also be selling breeding groups for anyone interested in rare breed conservat...
by VM
Thu Apr 03, 2014 9:34 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie from Cambs
Replies: 7
Views: 1267

Re: Newbie from Cambs

Hello there I haven't been on here for a while but just dropped in now and had to say hello to someone from Cambs. I grew up near Cambridge and am now living in south Lincolnshire after a couple of decades exile in Manchester. We had two allotments in Manchester and are now, like you, digging up the...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Not Been Around for a While
Replies: 9
Views: 1502

Re: Not Been Around for a While

I've also just started coming on here after quite a long gap. I joined originally when looking for people to talk to about chickens, when we first got them to keep on our allotment, round about 2008. Then was doing less ish things for a bit, also hung around on another site - Downsizer - and now han...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Too late for stuff?
Replies: 4
Views: 1604

Re: Too late for stuff?

I made rosehip syrup for the first time this year - as per my blog post -

http://veronicamarris.com/2013/11/04/roses-revisited/

I wasn't really sure if I was going to like it, but turns out I do!
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:03 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: My blog?
Replies: 4
Views: 2667

Re: My blog?

You have moved further away, but it's interesting to read your first posts written when you were just about to go. I'm just coming up to a year this week since I started the blog and next week will be a year since we moved. So I've been looking at my posts written then at the point you were in April...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: My blog?
Replies: 4
Views: 2667

Re: My blog?

Thank you, bonnie. I went to have a look at yours only to find your post from last year abut giving up the smallholding. It made interesting reading. We are older, fifties and sixties, and had in the past thought of something smallholding-ish when making a move to the country. But in the end have se...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Building a chicken run - help please?
Replies: 1
Views: 1811

Building a chicken run - help please?

Somewhere on the web in past year or so I saw someone's useful instructions about the chicken run they built. But I have no idea where! We had chickens at our city allotment for three years and partner built a very good run which gave them plenty of room and kept the foxes out. We will be getting ch...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: My blog?
Replies: 4
Views: 2667

My blog?

Is this the place to put something about the blog I write or more for writing articles particularly for this site? It isn't a blog which tells people how to do anything, just about my move, about a year ago, from Manchester to the edge of the Lincolnshire fens, so about landscape, place, connection ...
by VM
Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Local Food Map
Replies: 3
Views: 4289

Re: Local Food Map

I got very excited when I saw this thread but has anybody used this? Or are there similar things already in use for the UK? I've found some different sites when I'm searching to food producers local-ish to me in south Lincolnshire, but they seem a bit patchy in how up to date and comprehensive they ...
by VM
Fri Nov 08, 2013 11:45 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Lincolnshire
Replies: 3
Views: 673

Re: Hello from Lincolnshire

Thanks :wave:

Have just noticed I have become a Jerry rather than a Margo as I was a few years ago. Not sure this is an improvement. I always had a soft spot for Margo

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