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by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket
Replies: 52
Views: 20710

Re: 202 reasons for not shopping at a supermarket

Also, why does it cost so much to buy a handful of berries, in the supermarkets anyway, when the same things can grow with minimum effort by even not-particularly-enthusiastic gardeners, or even hedgegrows and such places? We had good crops of raspberries that had come from our neighbour's garden w...
by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Will Google take over? (Maybe it already has!)
Replies: 4
Views: 2822

Re: Will Google take over? (Maybe it already has!)

Amused to read through this thread 4 years on. iGoogle has been killed, SketchUp was shut down, the streetview cars have been spying on people's wifi, and GMail has been letting the NSA read your love letters and job applications. Sigh. It all looked so bright and shiny, not so long ago.
by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Trying any new vegetables or varieties this year?
Replies: 12
Views: 2805

Re: Trying any new vegetables or varieties this year?

LOTS of new varieties. This is the year I'm really settling into the swing of this garden. Year 1, we moved here a little too late to really sort stuff out for the main growing season. Year 2, I was overseas for half of spring. This year, year 3, I'm here and I'm keen and it's all happening. We're g...
by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: dog crap on freecycle
Replies: 9
Views: 3256

Re: dog crap on freecycle

My understanding is that dog and cat feces may contain parasites that also affect humans, and that if you put it in your veg garden there's a risk you'll pick up those parasites. Hot composting is meant to kill them, I think, but I'm no expert -- just vaguely remembering some stuff I read a while ago.
by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Best garden veg
Replies: 18
Views: 4670

Re: Best garden veg

Another chard-lover here! The trick is to have it in things, not just try and eat it as a side-vegetable. We use it in frittatas and quiches, stews and curries, all kinds of things.

Julie, those barbajuans look great -- I'll have to hunt down a recipe!
by AlexSBayley
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is it too late to plant?
Replies: 4
Views: 1009

Re: Is it too late to plant?

Depends where you are! I'm just starting my spring planting here. You don't seem to have mentioned your location in your profile, but knowing that might help us give you answers.
by AlexSBayley
Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Urban alternatives to bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 2337

Re: Urban alternatives to bamboo

Ah, fair enough! Living somewhere where it grows easily, it hadn't quite occurred to me that it might be imported from halfway round the world. Though I suppose I don't know the origin even of the bamboo stakes I buy at my local nursery. I'd *hope* they're local, but I'm not sure.
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Mueslie
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

Re: Mueslie

I've noticed that different places in the world use different terms for muesli-type breakfasts. To me, muesli is a mostly whole-grain-based breakfast cereal that's eaten cold with milk. Some people eat their muesli soaked (which we call Bircher-style, I think, but I don't like it that way). In Austr...
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: anti-wrinkle skin oils
Replies: 16
Views: 6978

Re: anti-wrinkle skin oils

Ooh, yeah, I'd like to know more about the oil cleansing method too.

(Btw I use rosehip oil, but not as often as I should. I might try some of the suggestions in this thread about blending it with other things... I might like it more if it smelled nice at bedtime.)
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Urban alternatives to bamboo
Replies: 11
Views: 2337

Re: Urban alternatives to bamboo

Just out of interest, why is bamboo considered "not sustainable"? I had never heard that. Potentially invasive, yes, but very much renewable for the same reasons!
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Blogging and money
Replies: 5
Views: 2475

Re: Blogging and money

If you want to get into the professional/paid side of blogging, there are heaps of resources out there. One place to start is the Problogger blog (I can't post links, but it's problogger dot net). Also look for blogger meetups in your area (try using meetup dot com to find one) and you'll almost cer...
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:08 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Poole/Boournemouth, England
Replies: 4
Views: 705

Re: Greetings from Poole/Boournemouth, England

Hi! I'm new too, so mutual newbie fistbump!

I've never had apple jam. Is it smooth or chunky? I made some apple butter this year, which is smooth, spreadable, boiled-down apple paste, and it was pretty good. I'd love a recipe if you had one to share.

A.
by AlexSBayley
Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Melbourne, Australia
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Greetings from Melbourne, Australia

Hi all, New here, just discovered the forums, and delighted to join you all. My name's Alex (I also go by Skud online in many places), and I live in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a share house with two other women. We have a small block with as much veg garden as we can fit in it ...

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