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by DrewShiel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What does your home smell of?
Replies: 153
Views: 18914

Re: What does your home smell of?

I knew houses when I was growing up that always seemed to have the same scent no matter when you were there, be it bread, cows, or in the case of one family whose business was in bottling and distributing essential oils, lavender. Habits of the household, I suppose. Our house usually has a faint sce...
by DrewShiel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: wild plums and apples
Replies: 7
Views: 1937

Re: wild plums and apples

Sloes shouldn't be too hard to identify - essentially, they're small, and if you go to pick one and feel like you've been stabbed in the arm, that's a sloe tree. They're also called blackthorn, at least in Ireland, and have great spiky thorns up to about 3cm long, which you could nearly use as panel...
by DrewShiel
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Question about apples in chutney
Replies: 2
Views: 557

Re: Question about apples in chutney

Not-quite-ripe apples were a component in a chutney one of my mother's relatives (we're into second-cousin-twice-removed-back-flip-in-law territory here; we called her 'Aunt') used to make, so it does work. However, the stuff was so very sour-tasting that in our house, only my grandfather would eat ...
by DrewShiel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:13 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Grape vineleaves
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Re: Grape vineleaves

I was shown a grape vine growing wild (or at least feral) on the south coast of Ireland a few years back, so it's not completely impossible. That leaf looks grape-vine-like to me, certainly, but I'd try for more reliable identification before eating it. If you can get a picture of the plant in situ,...
by DrewShiel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 56254

Re: What are you havesting

We've got peas coming in in large quantities. Well, I say "in", they rarely make it to the house, but there're still lots of them. The courgettes are in full blast, the blueberries are doing well, and there are even a few somewhat unexpected strawberries from plants we put in this year. We've also h...
by DrewShiel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Gardeners please help
Replies: 17
Views: 2798

Re: Gardeners please help

Thompson & Morgan's stuff is very good indeed, in my experience. I'd be sceptical about blight-resistant anything, but if they're saying it's so, I'm inclined to put a bit more trust in it. And indeed, having had a look at the website, they're advertising these ones: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/v...
by DrewShiel
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:43 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings!
Replies: 6
Views: 859

Greetings!

Greetings, people of Selfsufficientish! My name is Drew; I live in Maynooth, Ireland, where my wife and I bought a house about three years ago. We're gradually doing up bits of it (or, in some cases, undoing strange things the previous owner did), and bringing the garden (big-ish for what's essentia...