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by goo
Wed May 06, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: New guy from Macclesfield
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: New guy from Macclesfield

Hi there
We're not far from you, near Leek and also live canalside. Loads to forage from canals, they are the green corridors of England, so you won't have to go too far!

Welcome to the forum, I've learned loads here already, sure you will too!
by goo
Wed May 06, 2009 4:15 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: My winter salad boast - help!
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: My winter salad boast - help!

Thanks for ideas folks I can't believe I didn't even think of a spud salad! :scratch: I've just had a quick glance at the all year tomato thread, it looks good. I had thought I might try "sun drying" some tomatoes in the rayburn, but have never done this before so any tips on that also wel...
by goo
Mon May 04, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: My winter salad boast - help!
Replies: 5
Views: 626

My winter salad boast - help!

I rather foolishly (and publicly) declared in a recent blog that I was going to eat a salad on my birthday that I had grown myself. My birthday is on December 15th, we don't have a green house and we're even a bit short on window sill space. So far I think I can manage raddichio, spinach, maybe japa...
by goo
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:24 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Petition for more allotments - please sign up
Replies: 17
Views: 6888

Re: Petition for more allotments - please sign up

Have signed up and sent the link on. My mum and her sisters share an allotment, their U3A group also have a shared allotment as many older people find the task of managing a whole allotment daunting. Do councils have schemes to allocate specifically to sharer groups? This might be a way of giving ou...
by goo
Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 809

Re: Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?

Even if I don't like chard, and I won't know until I try, I like all the other ingredients in your recipe very much, will give it a go. Thanks!
by goo
Thu Apr 09, 2009 6:02 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 809

Re: Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?

Oh dear! Perhaps I'll just have to admire it. Thanks for suggestions.
by goo
Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:48 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 809

Some very pretty chard - but what to do with it?

I broke the 'only grow what you like eating' rule the other day. I bought some chard seeds(bright lights variety) as I was seduced by all the pretty coloured stems, but to be honest I don't think I've ever really eaten it.

Has anyone got good recipe ideas for this pretty veg?
by goo
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar Panels and Generators
Replies: 7
Views: 1079

Re: Solar Panels and Generators

We bought an inverter about 10 years ago, simply to make more efficient use of our generator. They work by transforming the direct current stored in batteries into the alternating current required for most of our household electrical appliances, thus making the stored electricity useful. It also act...
by goo
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Advice from doc re baby sleeping - hadn't heard this before
Replies: 21
Views: 2557

Re: Advice from doc re baby sleeping - hadn't heard this before

Couldn't believe a doctor said this to you! It is very common for women to give up breastfeeding around the 12 week mark as a number of things happen at this stage: Babies often have a growth spurt at this age and so need to increase their milk supply. Mothers suddenly worry their supply is no longe...
by goo
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:13 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: air-source heat pumps
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: air-source heat pumps

We're currently charging our batteries by running the generator for 2-3 hours every other day or every third day if we can get away with it, this doesn't fully charge the batteries however. The washing machine is not wired through the inverter so we generally need to use the genny for this (We're pr...
by goo
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:45 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: air-source heat pumps
Replies: 5
Views: 554

air-source heat pumps

Hi is there anybody out there that knows anything about or has had experience of air-source heat pumps? We're off grid and reliant on batteries and 24v inverter. Would it be possible to run one using these? Or would we be running our batteries down too fast, in which case we would be dependent on th...
by goo
Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Guerrilla Gardening
Replies: 7
Views: 1200

Guerrilla Gardening

Hi, I've been reading 'On Guerrilla Gardening' by Richard Reynolds this week. I found it a challenging and thought provoking read, wasn't always in agreement with the author, but I think it's good to get out of your comfort zone sometimes. Basically Guerilla Gardening is the 'illicit cultivation of ...
by goo
Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:14 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Thinking about keeping bees?
Replies: 20
Views: 11296

Re: Thinking about keeping bees?

Fab article. I enjoyed reading it and have visited your website and bookmarked it for future reference. I have to be honest and say I hadn't worried about cost of equipment, moving heavy boxes etc because I'm still in the idyllic daydream stage of beekeeping! After having found a lot of buff-tail bu...
by goo
Tue Mar 24, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 628

Hello

Hello my name is Goo. I'm afraid most of my ish qualities probably stem from laziness rather than virtue - I can't be bothered to go shopping! I'm really impressed, and feel quite humbled, by the efforts some of you people are making. I will do better. I live in a small lock keepers cottage, not muc...

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