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by GeorgeSalt
Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Moving soft fruits
Replies: 5
Views: 1270

Re: Moving soft fruits

There's little difference (as far as the plant is concerned) between digging up and potting versus digging up and moving. So I'd say go for it, certainly if the alternative is losing the plants. He needs to get a large a root ball as possible, and water them very well for the rest of the summer in t...
by GeorgeSalt
Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:52 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: planning help... pretty please...
Replies: 9
Views: 1905

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

Grow an apple because you like the flavour or want to use it for a particular use. Honestly, the tree won't know the difference if it's a Bramley Seedling but you call it James. There are some interesting varieties for you here . Our fig is on the patio, but not in a pot. I lifted a half-slab and pl...
by GeorgeSalt
Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: planning help... pretty please...
Replies: 9
Views: 1905

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

If you're in an urban area you probably don't need pollination partners for your apple as there may already be there in neighbours gardens. We just planted the varieties we wanted and let them sort out their own sex lives. They're all setting fruit. Figs have already been mentioned, and if you're in...
by GeorgeSalt
Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:39 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rhubarb
Replies: 10
Views: 2820

Re: Rhubarb

Probably just sugar from the sap leaking through wounds in old stems, with the wind we've had the stems will have taken a bit of damage. Tradition with us is not to pick after the solstice - although usually modified to the weekend after the solstice. But if we get a bit of rain to plump up fresh sh...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Blogging and money
Replies: 5
Views: 2464

Re: Blogging and money

I don't see how you'd get paid a fixed amount per blog.. but simple things like Adwords or Skimlinks, etc, can generate a small income if you're happy to have adverts on your blog (with very little control over what appears). Plus, little thing like having an Amazon Associate account and using their...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:46 pm
Forum: Pets
Topic: Gah, Fleas!
Replies: 16
Views: 6250

Re: Gah, Fleas!

Had a similar problem last year with the cats.. There have been reported problems of resistance to some of the pet flea treatments. And I'm not sure if the repellent collars are as good as the spot-on treatments (but we have to be careful as one of the cats is allergic to some of the treatments avai...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Elderflower/berry Cuttings
Replies: 9
Views: 1216

Re: Elderflower/berry Cuttings

I am obsessed with Elder. I forage for the flowers and buy dried for cordials. Im thinking it would be so nice to actually grow my own. Thing is, I'm not sure how to actually get a cutting. We recently took a branch and used honey as rooting hormone but not much seems to be happening with it. Any o...
by GeorgeSalt
Mon Jun 03, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How many people actually grow vegatables?
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: How many people actually grow vegatables?

If you do a survey of B&Q customers you're likely to get an overestimate of gardening - not saying that's how the survey was done, but you'd have to know how it was done to interpret possible bias. If your sample is thirty people who employ a gardener or gardening services, I would expect a low ...
by GeorgeSalt
Thu May 23, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: 33p-50p per person Meals
Replies: 21
Views: 7248

Re: 33p-50p per person Meals

What suggestions do you have for getting as many meals as possible from a £3 chicken? I'm trying to work out what we get from one.. Roast the first day with veggies, 2 large portions Second day cold, 2 large portions Third day make pick carcase and make stock for a not-risotto, 4 large portions It'...
by GeorgeSalt
Wed May 22, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?
Replies: 9
Views: 2554

Re: greenhouse tomatoes... pollination?

I don't know what tomato growers do now, but when I was involved with growing toms under acres of glass they used captive bumble bees. I would have though vibrating every plant would be far too labour intensive. If you look on iPlayer there was a Radio 4 programme a couple of weeks ago about the bu...
by GeorgeSalt
Tue May 14, 2013 8:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm sure that's not the point
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: I'm sure that's not the point

But Pete, there's an embedded energy cost in everything. Does this mean that people that don't pass some threshold of greenness shouldn't invest in renewable energy generation?
by GeorgeSalt
Mon May 13, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm sure that's not the point
Replies: 24
Views: 2451

Re: I'm sure that's not the point

Ahh.. but if we can assume that they're using no more energy than they were before they installed the panels (ie. they haven't decided to use the panels to subsidise additional energy consuming gadgets) they will have reduced their nett consumption.
by GeorgeSalt
Sun May 12, 2013 12:47 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Well Digging-Anyone done this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1235

Re: Well Digging-Anyone done this?

Don't work out your filter until you know what's in the water that needs to be removed. Internet test kits are only as good as the least good of the following - the quality of the kit and the competence of the user. It's definitely worth paying for a professional lab test if you plan on drinking the...
by GeorgeSalt
Fri May 10, 2013 7:19 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: 1.25 kg Mixed Vegs Bag for £1. What do you make with it?
Replies: 3
Views: 1052

Re: 1.25 kg Mixed Vegs Bag for £1. What do you make with it?

What are they?

It sounds like one of the supermarket mixed veg packs - couple of carrots, couple of onions, couple of parsnips, a swede, sometimes a few leeks etc. If it's that type of a deal, soup or a casserole stretches a pack to the maximum.
by GeorgeSalt
Fri May 10, 2013 7:15 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: 33p-50p per person Meals
Replies: 21
Views: 7248

Re: 33p-50p per person Meals

What meals can you make for under 33p or 50p a person? How many people? Feeding 10 for £5 is often easier than 2 for £1. £5 gets a fresh chicken, rice, tinned tomatoes, etc. and opens up several options for a tasty meal - if you can use/freeze all the portions. My favourite would be a not-risotto o...

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