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by Chants Cottage
Sat May 26, 2012 12:48 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: "Army"dillos
Replies: 13
Views: 1363

Re: "Army"dillos

This thread is making me chortle. I have nothing against armadillos, but then I haven't got them rooting up my veg patch as they are not too common here in Devon. I LOVE Dime bars, though. Yeah, I think they are of Scandinavian origin. And Harry Enfield. Who is not of Scandinavian origin. Thanks for...
by Chants Cottage
Mon May 21, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Growing Wild Garlic
Replies: 15
Views: 4824

Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Thanks everybody, I will give it a whirl. I think the flowers I have already picked are a bit young but there's plenty more where they came from at the moment... (sorry for rubbing it in MMM and Henwoman!!!)
by Chants Cottage
Fri May 18, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Growing Wild Garlic
Replies: 15
Views: 4824

Re: Growing Wild Garlic

Thanks for the advice, Dunc and the kind offer Boboff!! Not too concerned about the invasiveness of it as we don't really have that much in the way of shady damp bits (!). Just wondered if the flowers I have would be too immature to harvest seed from and what I need to do to the seeds if anything......
by Chants Cottage
Fri May 18, 2012 11:16 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Growing Wild Garlic
Replies: 15
Views: 4824

Growing Wild Garlic

I ask this as a novice gardener and forager... would it be possible to use wild garlic flowers to grow my own wild garlic from seed, and if so what's the best way to go about it? Or do you have to dig it up (I know there are laws concerning this!!)? I picked some earlier along with a few flowers. We...
by Chants Cottage
Fri May 18, 2012 11:07 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

Re: Make your own sourdough

Me? Impatient???! Er, yes, probably Maggie... I suppose I just abandoned it at the first hurdle because it DIDN'T taste nice and the texture was dreadful too - really heavy but not in a good way. I like a good heavy loaf of wholemeal bread but this just wasn't pleasant so I thought 'life's too short...
by Chants Cottage
Thu May 17, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

Re: Make your own sourdough

I have to say Graham, I did this and still no joy!! Not sure what happened really though I do remember the starter kept separating. I read at the time (last Summer) that this wasn't a problem but maybe this advice (from that all knowing and always truth speaking entity 'The Internet') was a lot of r...
by Chants Cottage
Thu May 17, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 3973

Re: Make your own sourdough

You have inspired me to have another go at this... I make my own bread usually and did have a bash at sourdough bread last year but the results were disappointing - very heavy loaves with no air bubbles at all. I must have done something wrong because I know how good sourdough bread can be. I love t...
by Chants Cottage
Thu May 10, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Incubating without an incubator?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: Incubating without an incubator?!

Ooh I say. Can't think how you'd do it without, well breaking the eggs. The old Zumba class would be right out of the window...
by Chants Cottage
Tue May 01, 2012 8:13 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Incubating without an incubator?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: Incubating without an incubator?!

Thanks Becks - just checked out that link and it's great. I've just shoved a thermometer under the stove so I'll see what it says and maybe get some eggs under there soon...
by Chants Cottage
Sun Apr 29, 2012 4:11 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Incubating without an incubator?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Re: Incubating without an incubator?!

Ha ha! Lucky old Sammy eh?! Thanks Fi - may well have another go if they go off the whole broody idea again... Just slightly tricky to judge when and if they have given up on the eggs or just stretching their legs... I suppose a couple of hours might be okay? I did hear the other day that goose eggs...
by Chants Cottage
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Incubating without an incubator?!
Replies: 11
Views: 1582

Incubating without an incubator?!

Hello folks. Just a thought... Recently one of our young bantams went broody and diligently sat on her clutch of eggs for two weeks... and then got bored of it and gave up. My OH reckons that we should have tried bringing them inside and keeping them under our oil fired stove, in an attempt to hatch...
by Chants Cottage
Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Anyone know of good home smoking builds?
Replies: 10
Views: 1901

Re: Anyone know of good home smoking builds?

Well, we haven't done it yet but are planning to build a simple smoker with an oak barrel (just bought one from local garden/DIY type place - sold as a water butt!), and attach it to some kind of wood burning stove with a length of air conditioning type duct. I think we'll have to put hooks in the l...
by Chants Cottage
Tue Apr 03, 2012 4:29 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Urgent! I need something to pickle quick!
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Urgent! I need something to pickle quick!

Thank you all - Posh vinegar it is then. I shall rebottle it. (When I wrote it I did think "is that a really stupid question?", and it seems that on balance yes it was!!)
by Chants Cottage
Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:42 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Urgent! I need something to pickle quick!
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Urgent! I need something to pickle quick!

Hello folks. I have just pickled 22 eggs. I am all out of eggs but now find that the recipe I have followed for the pickling liquor has left me with at least a litre of the stuff left over. No idea why they specified why I had to make so much, as what I've used more than adequately covers me eggs. S...
by Chants Cottage
Sun Apr 01, 2012 10:13 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Auvergne Garlic
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: Auvergne Garlic

Ooh, interesting... I will look this up (if I can be bothered). I think I might be getting mixed up actually - I bought some garlic recently from Lidl of all places which was one clove per bulb. It was Spanish I think, and also very good, but pretty green... The Scottish stuff was definitely green b...

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