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by Chickpea
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:15 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: A welcome mistake
Replies: 25
Views: 6189

I planted loads of chives and spring onion seeds and baby leek seeds in all kinds of places last year and none of them ever came up. This spring my allotment was full of little patches of alliums coming up everywhere. Is that what you're meant to do - plant chives and leave them dormant in the groun...
by Chickpea
Fri Apr 20, 2007 12:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Organic seeds
Replies: 5
Views: 1389

I see - so it's not an issue of whether the organic seeds are "better" than normal ones, it's an issue of whether you are supporting an industry that uses pesticides etc. A bit like organic cotton t-shirts. I don't eat my t-shirts so I'm not worried about what pesticides and stuff might have come in...
by Chickpea
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Organic seeds
Replies: 5
Views: 1389

Organic seeds

Ooh, this place is new. "The Local", eh? Like it. So, organic seeds. Are they worth it? I mean, I buy normal seeds, plant them in the ground, don't put any pesticides or herbicides or fertiliser or anything weird like that on them, just manure and compost and stuff. Isn't that organic enough? Someon...
by Chickpea
Thu Apr 19, 2007 9:38 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Interview with Andy and Dave
Replies: 7
Views: 2450

Thanks guys. I didn't know you had a blog, Wombat! I've added you to my links at bean-sprouts. You can add me to your Livejournal friends if you like by adding MRimmerBlog to your friends list. Same goes for anyone else on LJ. Does anyone else here have a new blog I don't know about? I'll go and hav...
by Chickpea
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Interview with Andy and Dave
Replies: 7
Views: 2450

Interview with Andy and Dave

Hi guys! Sorry I haven't been around for ages. I was just spending too much time chatting on this forum and not enough actually gardening and recycling and making stuff etc. That's my fault not ssish's, so I'm going to try again and use some self-control this time. I published an interview with Andy...
by Chickpea
Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:19 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: I'm not the pheasant plucker...
Replies: 4
Views: 2617

I'm not the pheasant plucker...

I bought a brace of pheasants for £3. It's the end of the shooting season and they all had to be sold ASAP. They're hanging in the garage until dad arrives on friday, then I'll pluck them, dress them and roast them for our dinner. I had to phone Ed and warn him. He's a vegetarian and I think if h...
by Chickpea
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Been burgled - devastated :(
Replies: 22
Views: 4552

So sorry to hear that, Sal. How awful. I hope you get your stuff back, and the toe rags who took it get what they deserve.
by Chickpea
Tue Jan 30, 2007 11:39 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: We just made butter!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Annpan, are you sure those were the things that made you sick, and you weren't just sick coincidentally after eating those things? Milk that's off smells and tastes off. If it smells and tatses OK it won't do you any harm Eggs are the same. you really know about it when eggs are off. And in both tho...
by Chickpea
Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:04 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bad news
Replies: 13
Views: 3061

I'm so sorry, Paradox. What a terrible shock.
by Chickpea
Mon Jan 29, 2007 6:00 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Sweet Cherries
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

The branches will tend to grow upright over time whatever angle you plant the trunk. Can you train cherries at all - into a fan or espalier perhaps? That would help with protecting and picking.
by Chickpea
Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:08 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: We just made butter!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

Of course, Sal. I always welcome inbound links. It's great for the GPR. I've linked back to you as well.
by Chickpea
Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:25 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: We just made butter!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5000

I've done this. You just put it in a jar and shake it for ages. It needs to be old cream - apparently really fresh cream doesn't work. And it has to be double cream. Then once it goes (it happens really quickly) - it goes slosh-slosh-slosh-slosh....shlosh-slosh-THUNK. And that's when you've got a lu...
by Chickpea
Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:13 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Do Dryer Balls Work?
Replies: 0
Views: 2078

Do Dryer Balls Work?

I tested tumble dryer balls to see if they live up to their claims that they reduce drying times and soften clothes. I thought the softening claim was plausible, but the cutting drying time was a bit more dubious. Turns out I was exactly wrong - they do reduce drying times by over 30%, but they don'...
by Chickpea
Sun Jan 28, 2007 2:09 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Effective Microorganisms (EM)
Replies: 14
Views: 6427

I read about EM in Wiggly Wigglers , where they're all big fans. I dunno, I'm just not excited by it. It sounds like a solution to a problem I haven't got. My chickens' shit smells. So what? It's meant to. My compost could decompose quicker. Don't care. It decomposes fast enough for me. What can I s...
by Chickpea
Sun Jan 28, 2007 1:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What would you recommend?
Replies: 3
Views: 1467

Great question. The "Expert" series by D.G.Hessayon are generally recgnised to be the "bible", so for allotment gardening that means the Fruit Expert and the Vegetable and Herb Expert. They don't specifically deal with organic growing though. If you can find it, Food From Your Garden by the Readers ...