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by Gra
Tue Jul 15, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: wire-top kilner jars
Replies: 12
Views: 2650

Re: wire-top kilner jars

I think there is a lot confusion about using kilner jars because of all the nonsense written about them especially emanating from the US. We went through all sorts of convoluted processes, sterilising bottles and cooking fruit beforehand, etc having read such stuff. The bottles need to be clean, not...
by Gra
Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Sourdough - not that hard!
Replies: 6
Views: 2153

Re: Sourdough - not that hard!

Bonnie, I think Hugh's recipe is good but over complicated. The method of making a sponge first adds flavour to the process but if you put the dough in the fridge, say overnight or any similar length of time will give you that same extra flavour. So making the sponge adds an extra step, a complicati...
by Gra
Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Karen and Pete's allotment
Replies: 11
Views: 2238

Re: Karen and Pete's allotment

Looks incredibly organised but thoroughly enchanting and an inspiration to all allotment holders. Perhaps you would answer a couple of queries, are the various structures you've made easily demountable and transferable (I presume you rotate your crops) and have you made them in such away to try to k...
by Gra
Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:50 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vacant allotment plots in NW London
Replies: 0
Views: 10147

Vacant allotment plots in NW London

Just to let people know there are currently vacant allotments at Montrose Avenue in Colindale, London ready for renting to anyone wanting to take them on. I can forward contact details to members.
by Gra
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where is everyone?New post section perhaps?
Replies: 45
Views: 4855

Re: Where is everyone?New post section perhaps?

Yes this the first time I've looked into the forum for a longtime. It was regular daily reading and posting when I was working and took (very frequent) tea breaks but I went and retired and now I'm too busy to take tea breaks, well really I don't take my iPad to my allotments, and with some 50 poles...
by Gra
Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:50 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Sourdough - not that hard!
Replies: 6
Views: 2153

Re: Sourdough - not that hard!

If there is one thing to get me posting again is talking about sourdough. For a start I am sure the name puts a lot of people off, it did me for a number of years. Au levain, in French, or naturally leavened sounds much nicer. Sourdough is not sour, or it shouldn't be, just an indeterminate somethin...
by Gra
Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: planning help... pretty please...
Replies: 9
Views: 1864

Re: planning help... pretty please...

Hazel is a waste of time if there are any grey squirrels in the area. In fact most fruit trees are, except apples and conference pears, unless they are in a very secure fruit cage.
by Gra
Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: More apple rootstock.
Replies: 4
Views: 1392

Re: More apple rootstock.

Surely it would be worth taking one of the shoots with a bit of root, planting that out to establish itself, then in winter cutting it back, covering with earth, then the following year this should send up several shoots which you can divide and you will have several rootstocks suitable for grafting.
by Gra
Mon Jul 08, 2013 12:39 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Hayfever Help
Replies: 7
Views: 2808

Re: Hayfever Help

Although I don't suffer so badly from hayhever these days, I find eating narrow leaved plantain or ribwort very effective when I am affected. The nice thing is it is generally on hand when you are outside, in the garden, etc and need it.
by Gra
Wed May 01, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Sourcing Clay Render for Internal Plastering
Replies: 5
Views: 2674

Re: Sourcing Clay Render for Internal Plastering

Don't know sources of clay renders, but why change to expensive clay from cheap lime? You can get very smooth finishes with lime if that's what you are after, using horsehair instead of straw. As for the acoustic performance, I'm certainly no expert but I would have thought that a lime render could ...
by Gra
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: bread help please!
Replies: 20
Views: 3031

Re: bread help please!

Returning to Mrs Fibbles problem, 3 things could be contributing to problem. 1. 2nd kneading, you only need to knock back, shape and tin, not knead. 2. 150degC is low, try starting at 230degC and turning down to 200degC after 5 minutes 3. 100ml oil is a lot, try without, then on later loaves try a t...
by Gra
Thu Jan 03, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What interesting or unusual edible plants have you grown
Replies: 57
Views: 10124

Re: What interesting or unusual edible plants have you grown

Yes reading James Wong thought asparagus peas were his most important discovery instanly stopped me off buying the book. This year I grew kudoo, a Bangladeshi climbing marrow. They can be long and thin, when they can also be called laow, but mine were pumpkin sized and pear shape. They can be grown ...
by Gra
Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:39 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 39909

Re: What are you havesting

Started eating our sweetcorn this weekend, swamped with cucumber although the gherkins are only just starting to produce. Tomatoes are well behind only some yellow ones ready. Don't think we will get any melons this year.
by Gra
Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:22 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Peaches
Replies: 25
Views: 2527

Re: Peaches

Air rifle it may have to be. Even my OH who is vegetarian is ready to slaughter them.
by Gra
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:39 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 39909

Re: What are you havesting

Found one green cherry on the floor and after a massive search one cherry amongst 4 cherry trees - seems the frost killed the blossom this year, same with some but luckily not all of the apples. The weather seems to delaying some crops but we have had bumper crops of broad beans, peas, mangetout and...

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