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by Weedo
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: No Bees?
Replies: 2
Views: 15

No Bees?

The bees have gone! This year has been tough around here, very dry autumn, winter and spring and now summer has arrived hot, dry and windy (38 c today) . A result of this is that the bees are disappearing so veg and fruit are not being pollinated. I haven't seen a bee in the veg patch for weeks now,...
by Weedo
Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vertical gardening
Replies: 8
Views: 111

Re: Vertical gardening

Have a look at this site for ideas - I did, briefly, look at doing something like this in another time and space (big city flat balcony)
[url][https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/60094976248100251//url]
by Weedo
Sun Dec 17, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: New potatoes for dinner
Replies: 3
Views: 22

Re: New potatoes for dinner

Thaks for the reminder - I have some in an old washing machine bowl; I have been topping them up with soil every couple of weeks or so. It is too early for the ones in the ground but the tub spuds would be worth a look.
by Weedo
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Mid-Devon!
Replies: 4
Views: 72

Re: Hello from Mid-Devon!

Hi and welcome dave and val I am the odd one out here - not Ishish yet but working on it slowly. Retirement in about 18 months I hope and then get serious about it. Don't let the weeds get you down - just try to get the removal rate higher than the recruitment rate, manage any pathways for any more ...
by Weedo
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Working for myself.
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: Working for myself.

Hi Sarah We have different rules and regs here in Oz so I won't go into these. However, I have a couple of friends who have gone down this path successfully and developed quite successful small businesses; starting with stall sales initially. They both love their businesses and take great proide in ...
by Weedo
Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What's for the festive lunch 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: What's for the festive lunch 2017

GA - We all suffer for our lifestyles; everything has a cost. While you will be snowed in we will be having temps of 36-40 C, my patch is already scorched brown. So, forgive us our little Christnas luxury - I thought somewhere about here would be bearable.
by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Sales
Replies: 11
Views: 432

Re: Sales

Try looking for the potential "extra's" you can haggle out of sales people when they won't negotiate much on price; in particular consumables that the item uses - things like vacuum cleaner bags, detergents , preserving bottles, spare blades, extra batteries etc. These can sometimes add up...
by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Food waste

Couldn't agree more - best before dates on honey, dried pulses and unshelled nuts ?????? I DO watch the use by dates on supermarket milk though, it could be a week or more old before it gets to the shelf.
by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What's for the festive lunch 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 152

Re: What's for the festive lunch 2017

Don't really know yet - we oldies have been adandoned by the younger gen this year so it will only be the two of us sad and lonely geriatirics. Actually, it is only coincidental that the kids and grandies all have their turn at the alternate parents (the outlaws) this year - apart from #1 son in the...
by Weedo
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5214

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

I checked by two drought stressed, cow chewed and neglected figs last night - first crop is just ripening and what seems to be a heavy second crop is just budding. They have had two waterings in the last month, their first TLC in at least 10 years! For a wide open site in full sun receiving temps up...
by Weedo
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5214

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Taff If you check back over Balkep's post there are around 750 cultivars and, from my reading, they will grow almost everywhere. Certainly figs have been grown all over the UK since the little 3 foot ape scrambled down from the trees. It seems hours of sun are very important and protection from seve...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm now self sufficient in ...
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: I'm now self sufficient in ...

An ample supply of dry thunderstorms. Yesterday, after some deliberation, I decided that the chook shed roof did not really need repair. This was in no way influenced by the lightning bolt that grounded about 200 metres away while I was on the roof.
by Weedo
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5214

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Thanks GA - my thoughts also. It really doesn't matter what they are (just curious), they are obviously hardy in my climate and although the fruit is small is is very sweet. A litle more TLC would probably help with fruit size. The idea behind trellising is to grow them in a way that I can put net o...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5214

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Hi - any way of determining the variety of figs on old trees? In reconstructing my Veg patch / Orchard I have taken cutting of two old fig trees just in case. The trees would have been originally planted about 60- 80 years ago and certainly have not been tended for at least 30 years (maybe reverted ...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Mornin'
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: Mornin'

The Celtic thing must be a genetic impulse or, to quote William Carpenter, "....they are the expressions of constitutional tendencies embodied in the organism of the individuals who manifest them" Both my sons (5th generation Australians) have had the Macrae clan (maternal tribe) crest tat...

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