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by MKG
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Plums!
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Plums!

Plum moth caterpillar wine? It could be a a revelation.
by MKG
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 5
Views: 325

Re: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

As Bernard has pointed out, no seal is required during fermentation - a loose cotton wool plug will stop insects getting in. When fermentation has finished, the enemy changes to the air itself - if oxygen gets in there, your wine will readily take it in and ... ermmm ... oxidise. However, any imperm...
by MKG
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 10
Views: 125

Re: Liquorice

Here you go, Ina ...
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/g ... rdens.html

It's a lot of bother to go to to chew a brown stick :iconbiggrin:
by MKG
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Flying insects
Replies: 7
Views: 339

Re: Flying insects

I've just done my cleg research. Apparently, they're not like horse flies - they ARE horse flies. Amazingly (I think) I've never met a horse fly in my life - at least one that fancies biting me. Hornets and wasps, on the other hand, think I'm target practice.
by MKG
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 9
Views: 1045

Re: Mattresses

I went through a lot of furnished accommodation when I was a student (and loons with naturally-frayed bottoms were perfectly normal legwear). All the mattresses I slept on were more than second-hand. Never got a single scratchy spot. This may be because ex-tenants were scrupulous or bedbugs and flea...
by MKG
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fly strips
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: Fly strips

Apparently (I don't use the things) some (maybe most or all - no-one's saying) flypaper adhesives are based on rosin or sugar. The last one makes for some very creative ideas for cake baking (and I bet you really believed that they were currants). :pale:
by MKG
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Weed killing on lawns
Replies: 16
Views: 697

Re: Weed killing on lawns

There are thousands of people in this country who go to great lengths to grow weed, and they would hate it to be killed. What? Oh - sorry. Wrong kind of weed. For the right kind of weed, I would have thought that mowing in dry conditions may be more effective. Grass (the green kind) can take that tr...
by MKG
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Perfect deep fried onion bhaji recipe
Replies: 11
Views: 1368

Re: Perfect deep fried onion bhaji recipe

I've just been looking that up, as it's far from clear. Methi is actually ANY part of the fenugreek plant. MaP's recipe states curry leaves, but just methi for the fenugreek, so I suspect he means fenugreek powder or seeds. Then again, all forms of fenugreek taste the same to me, so maybe it doesn't...
by MKG
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 35
Views: 1606

Re: Onions

Onions go to seed because it's too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, a day with a 'y' in it, excess solar radiation, ill-fated horoscopes, the Russians, aliens, elves, bad vibes, soil too sandy, soil too clay-y, and the coming apocalypse. Avoid all of those and you'll have no problem.
by MKG
Fri May 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 35
Views: 1606

Re: Onions

Oh no he isn't! I may now be restricted in activity, but I still grow a lot of rhubarb, the overwintered garlic was a triumph, the chillis are growing nicely and a host of pot herbs are beavering away like good 'uns. Oh - and the runner beans are about to be inserted into the very tall tubs just out...
by MKG
Mon May 21, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 8
Views: 1779

Re: New build pantry

... and a buttery was for storing BEER!!!!!!!!

...as in butts as opposed to butter.
by MKG
Wed May 16, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 5546

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

It's what I've always wanted too, Bernard. It sounds well worthwhile so, despite my earlier misgivings, I think I may give this one a go.
by MKG
Wed May 16, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 5546

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Well, we're still waiting for Bernard's taste test. It's still a possibility that it was truly wonderful and Bernard is whooping it up in Nirvana.
by MKG
Mon May 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: No Bees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1424

Re: No Bees?

Well, I hate to go against the general trend, but we have loads of bees already - particularly very large and noisy bumble bees. There's also lots of stuff flowering, so they seem happy.
Buzzy wuzzy mumble ...
by MKG
Sat May 12, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Can certain plants prevent fruit tree problems if put under the trees
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Re: Can certain plants prevent fruit tree problems if put under the trees

Those super-power water pistols work a treat on cats, too.