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by phil55494
Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 87147

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Strawberry Wine on the go from the rather large number of strawberries the plot is producing right now.
by phil55494
Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you sowing ?
Replies: 38
Views: 5574

Re: What are you sowing ?

I'm sure we'll have a visit out to the place apart sometime soon. Till then, stop rubbing it in. Please ;)
by phil55494
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Using old sterilising powder
Replies: 6
Views: 1473

Re: Using old sterilising powder

Starsan is great - a little goes a long way - but only works as a sanitation/sterilisation agent. It will not clean like VWP or bleach does.
by phil55494
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you sowing ?
Replies: 38
Views: 5574

Re: What are you sowing ?

When did this spring thing happen? Snowing today and more snow and cold forecast for next week when we're away on holiday.
Perhaps it is best that I've not actually got on and sown anything yet, even though I've been meaning to sow onion and leeks since January!
by phil55494
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:33 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 39933

Re: What are you havesting

Small round courgettes, medium round courgettes, large round courgettes. Perhaps we should have removed all fruit before going away for a week.
Peas is the other thing right now. Purple podded peas and more usual green podded ones from a tall variety.
by phil55494
Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:48 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: So I have my treadle!
Replies: 5
Views: 1510

Re: So I have my treadle!

My mum still has an old Jones treadle machine which I don't think gets much use now but when me and my sisters were growing up was used for all sorts of alterations and garment making. We all were taught the basics of using it though I'm not sure I could remember it now (maybe with some practice). S...
by phil55494
Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:48 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Seed collecting
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: Seed collecting

What, if anything are you doing to make sure you're getting true varietal seed? Assuming that is what you're after.
by phil55494
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Andy's Homebrew workshop...
Replies: 8
Views: 1253

Re: Andy's Homebrew workshop...

That is now an art to practice, pouring beer without disturbing the sediment in the bottom. It helps if you chill the bottles a little before pouring.
by phil55494
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: No Gardeners World for a month.
Replies: 10
Views: 4877

Re: No Gardeners World for a month.

I agree that bumping Gardeners World for a month isn't good :(
by phil55494
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: No Gardeners World for a month.
Replies: 10
Views: 4877

Re: No Gardeners World for a month.

by julie_lanteri » Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:29 am

I thought the same... who's going to tell me what I should be doing in the garden at the weekend?


You don't listen to Gardeners Question Time then?
by phil55494
Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 39933

Re: What are you havesting

I found the first of the ripe strawberries when we were down the plot netting them off yesterday. Back home t'other half found a couple of ripe alpine strawberries :icon_smile: She also had a fertle around under one of the early potato plants and found a couple of new spuds that went into our dinner...
by phil55494
Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:24 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: corks
Replies: 6
Views: 1076

Re: corks

Also make sure you've degassed your wine or you'll get some of the CO2 that the yeast creates still in the liquid which comes out when you bottle up. This then causes the corks to push out a bit.
by phil55494
Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment fees.
Replies: 8
Views: 652

Re: Allotment fees.

Ours are £25 for about 10m x 18m with £2.50 insurance each. No services on site but the site is only a few years old and we're all still finding our feet with it all.
by phil55494
Tue May 29, 2012 9:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Beers of Britain
Replies: 19
Views: 1255

Re: The Beers of Britain

Almost anything from the following breweries, Marble, Buxton, Magic Rock, RedWillow.
by phil55494
Thu May 24, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Battling the elements
Replies: 22
Views: 1677

Re: Battling the elements

I can't offer any advice, other than OJ may be right in his idea of getting lights in the polytunnel. Your description of the conditions you get make me thankful we get much less wild weather - though of course when you're watching things blowing round the allotments and the next weather front is ad...

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