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by Odsox
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Organic fire
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Re: Organic fire

I presume your home grown logs are young growth Yes. When I moved here I planted up shelter belts consisting of Oleria, Griselinia, Willow, Alder and Ash. These are now coppiced in sequence on a 2 yearly basis and provides enough logs and kindling for at least one winter's fuel. It hadn't occurred ...
by Odsox
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Where can I buy online alternative type shampoo's?
Replies: 21
Views: 8206

Re: Where can I buy online alternative type shampoo's?

As another ageing male with thinning hair on the top of my head, although more than enough elsewhere, I started to get scabs forming on my scalp. I believe that's fairly common in older men, but as I've never been old before I couldn't guarantee that as a fact. Anyway it got to the stage where they ...
by Odsox
Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Organic fire
Replies: 3
Views: 147

Organic fire

I thought I might share what I've been doing for umpteen years. We have a wood burner heater in our sitting room and I light it with newspaper and kindling (we have 1 local newspaper every week that the postman delivers) We also have a continuous supply of home grown logs with a about 3 years worth ...
by Odsox
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Christmas Tomatoes
Replies: 5
Views: 1154

Re: Christmas Tomatoes

Well, I got my timing slightly wrong again. There will be ripe tomatoes for Christmas, but I thought I'd timed it so that they would start to ripen in about 2 weeks time. Probably a few more sunny days than other years messes up my timing, so I will probably never get them to ripen exactly on time. ...
by Odsox
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:00 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Grow lettuce in pop bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 1585

Re: Grow lettuce in pop bottles

Maybe your soil is quite acid, or alkaline? I think it might be more likely the water. Presumably the compost is commercial potting compost which would be pH neutral(ish) But Manchester water which apparently comes from the Lake District is probably on the acid side (soft) and is slowly leaching ou...
by Odsox
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1269

Re: No plastic

Flo wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:17 pm
Hah but have any of you come up with false teeth from the NHS dentist without plastic?
Do you foresee scavenging battle fields again Flo?
I have no idea what material they were fitted into though. :mrgreen:
by Odsox
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Self sufficient skills List

Weedo wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:04 pm
Hopeless at any household crafts (with you Odsox)
I found the best way is to get a wife, Weedo.
That was the best 30 shillings I ever spent (marriage licence)
That works out at 3p a year in new money or 7d in old ... so far.
by Odsox
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Self sufficient skills List

First off I can't claim to do any household craft skills because I've never tried I can do a lot of things to do with self sufficiency though. I can lay bricks and blocks, I've constructed extensions to 2 houses. I can build sheds and greenhouses from scratch. I can mend most engineering type things...
by Odsox
Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How to post a picture
Replies: 19
Views: 5803

Re: How to post a picture

No to #1, Weedo, I agree with Flo, certainly for growers. For instance in spring I have tomato seedlings sprout in my tunnels, as well as other last year's crops,. Their virtues have been known for centuries, but they need weeding out as they "are in the wrong place". 2, if humans are treated the sa...
by Odsox
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Berry identification urgent !!!
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: Berry identification urgent !!!

That is a Berberis Vulgaris and I'm pretty sure all Berberis berries are not toxic. I can only really comment on the purple berried one (Berberis Darwinii) I used to have, and those are sweet but rather bland to eat.
According to Wikipedia the red ones are "tart, refreshing and full of vitimin C
by Odsox
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Pet gripes
Replies: 15
Views: 1277

Pet gripes

I have loads of pet gripes, one tends to collect them with age, but I have 2 concerning cooking that gets me going every time. 1 .. Every time you see a picture of a roast leg of lamb in adverts for supermarkets, there is a slice cut to show the nice pink meat inside. This slice is always without fa...
by Odsox
Thu Nov 01, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How to post a picture
Replies: 19
Views: 5803

Re: How to post a picture

As an aside to this thread of eradicating noxious weeds, one thought occurred to me .. is it ethical? Horsetails are known to have been growing in the carboniferous period due to fossil traces in coal. Human have been around for about 200,000 years and as horsetails have for at least 270 million yea...
by Odsox
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New members please read
Replies: 25
Views: 18651

Re: New members please read

Hi Bobbysgirl
Nice to meet you and welcome to our forum :wave:
by Odsox
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Grow lettuce in pop bottles
Replies: 11
Views: 1585

Re: Grow lettuce in pop bottles

Almost the same Weedo, except not alcoholic.
Think lemonade and cola type of drinks, although I won't confuse you with Irn-bru.( some weird Scottish concoction)
We need a smiley in a kilt :lol:
by Odsox
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Second flowering of peppers.
Replies: 6
Views: 579

Re: Second flowering of peppers.

Shouldn't be too much of a problem, especially if your east facing window gets a decent amount of light. I purposely grew a small pepper plant for winter fruits, I think there is a photo somewhere on this forum, and it was a success. The only problem was the variety, which grew such small peppers th...