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by Green Aura
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path
Replies: 18
Views: 6162

Re: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

I think that's why the -ish bit is so important. It's easy to forget all the things we can do. I think I'm very lucky - an aunt taught me to knit and crochet when very young, I did needlework O level and had lessons in spinning yarn as a birthday present a few years back (still very amateurish, but ...
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 18, 2020 5:56 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 17
Views: 1709

Re: Brexit

The Roosters did particularly well.
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 17
Views: 1709

Re: Brexit

In hushed voice: I just grow spuds found chitted in the bottom of the veg rack. :shock: :lol:
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Getting the fundamentals right
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Getting the fundamentals right

My Four Thieves' Vinegar recipe The herbs posess strong antimicrobial effects and vinegar, makes an excellent natural cleanser. The quantities here are for dried herbs - if using fresh triple the quantities i.e. 1 tablespoon fresh per teaspoon dried. If using essential oils instead of herbs, use 20 ...
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Getting the fundamentals right
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Getting the fundamentals right

I think we're all going to be in a much better postition than a lot of folks, Flo. At least we have some idea of how to make do and mend as they say. Or maybe that should be make, do and mend. I'm stocked up as much as I can without getting into the realms of madness. :roll: :lol: We've got most of ...
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 37
Views: 12750

Re: Pineapples

So the lesson to be learned here is - don't look at the flowers?

I have an apricot tree which is similarly lacking in fruit - one apricot in about 6 years. I bought it for my mother about a year before she died. I can't bring myself to chuck the flipping thing out!
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: Got the Signoff...

...and making best use of what you grow, preserving some for off season - freezing, fermenting, bottling etc. Sprouting is an excellent quick crop too, especially good in the "hungry gap". A salad of sauerkraut, sprouted chickpeas or seeds and a good dressing is a fantastic lunch or side dish, when ...
by Green Aura
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 37
Views: 12750

Re: Pineapples

Excellent. I knew it would keep going. My latest little diversion (based on a You Tube video I watched a couple of months ago) is growing pomegranate shrubs. The video was great - the pomegranate was rolled to loosen the seeds which were then put in a freezer bag and crushed with a rolling pin. The ...
by Green Aura
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 11
Views: 1228

Re: Got the Signoff...

Richard Mabey's "Food for free" is the classic, although I'm sure there are others about these days.

Andy and Dave Hamilton (the progenitors of this site) "Self-sufficientish Bible" also has a section.
by Green Aura
Tue Nov 10, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 20
Views: 6643

Re: Seed saving

I wonder if you can do anything with the trimmings.
by Green Aura
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Here we go again

As there's talk of lockdown in Scotland too, the click and collect has become more important again. I would have a look at the following week or so to see if you can get another slot, Flo. Here, they're becoming rare again, which was the problem the first time round. I don't really understand it - y...
by Green Aura
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Here we go again

I did my shop on monday, as planned, and I have to say it all seemed very civilised - most people wearing masks, keeping a safe distance etc. I'm glad I went, getting a lot of stuff that the local click and collect don't stock. So even if Scotland follows the lockdown we should be OK for a good while.
by Green Aura
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 11
Views: 4127

Re: First test for new greenhouse

For a while, Odsox, until all this debacle is over anyway. Like you we're safe and not bothered about leaving the house particularly so further lockdown isn't much of an issue. Most of our friends are here, with only a few further afield, and general feeling towards "incomers", forcing house prices ...
by Green Aura
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 11
Views: 4127

Re: First test for new greenhouse

The greenhouse survived Storm Aiden. It circled from the east in the morning and the west later as it passed cross. Apparently we had gusts of up to 80mph. :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: The protective fencing fared less well - the supporting butresses moved so the fence was at an angle. Temporarily fix...
by Green Aura
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Here we go again

Fortunately mine's a click and collect. I probably wont go inside - certainly not if it's looking crowded.