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by VM
Mon Jun 16, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens - hybrids vs pure breeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2964

Looking at this again, I don't seem to have said thank you again for all the advice and information. We were all set to get some Black Rocks, but then a couple of people said they had a tendency to bully other birds in a mixed flock and also the place I was going to get them from didn't have any of ...
by VM
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken Enclosure
Replies: 20
Views: 2807

People at our allotment site have chickens in a fixed run which is roofed over - we are in sunny (not) Manchester and they found when they didn't roof it, that the ground became a mudbath very quickly. We are doing the same thing with our chicken run (which is made but as yet has no chickens in it) ...
by VM
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Asparagus bed
Replies: 4
Views: 674

We've put a few lettuce in ours, sort of around the edge. Will need watering I suppose, but going to get rained on here in Manchester anyway I think, whether the asparagus likes it or not...
by VM
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Blueberries=HELP!, Please
Replies: 14
Views: 2011

We have ours in the ground in Manchester where the soil is fairly acidic, but we put them in ericaceous compost and have put confier clippings on as a mulch, as others have suggested. Must be enough rain here as they have lots of berries on, even the bushes which were new in last year. But definitel...
by VM
Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:01 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: rhubarb vs aphids
Replies: 1
Views: 387

rhubarb vs aphids

Somewhere -maybe here or maybe other forum, saw mention of rhubarb leaves used to make anti-aphid spray. Does anyone know about this and what do you do, what amounts do you use etc etc? At the moment I spray with solution of eco-friendly washing up liquid, which works to an extent, though rather fro...
by VM
Thu May 22, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Barley
Replies: 4
Views: 594

Barley

I've tried a few times cooking barley as an alternative to rice, on grounds of being cheaper and from UK etc etc. But when I follow the instructions given on the bag, it comes out very sticky and stodgy. Wondered if anyone has patent methods for cooking it like this. I've used it in soup, which is f...
by VM
Thu May 22, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Rhubarb!
Replies: 21
Views: 2112

I just made a lovely rhubarb sorbet - tell me if you want the recipe. Had it for partner's birthday dinner together with a blackberry ice cream from last year's frozen berries, and a blackcurrant leaf sorbet - very nice, though I say so myself. And I'd like to know more about the rhubarb leaf aphid ...
by VM
Thu May 22, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens - hybrids vs pure breeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2964

Thank you very much everyone for all of this - not been back for a few days so just seen all replies. I'm inclining towards pure breeds because of longer laying life - not sure that I've got the stomach to turn them into soup when they get to 2 years and run out of eggs - though I can see it's a per...
by VM
Wed May 14, 2008 11:29 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens - hybrids vs pure breeds
Replies: 17
Views: 2964

Chickens - hybrids vs pure breeds

Hi there Wondered what experience people have had with hybrids and pure breeds in terms of how well they lay and for how long. We're just embarking on keeping chickens at our allotment. Partner is building chicken house as I write! We plan to get 6-8 chickens which we will be sharing with people on ...
by VM
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: hazels and cobnuts
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

and another question!

Do I need more than one tree for pollination - saw this somewhere in relation to hazels, but can't remember where
by VM
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: hazels and cobnuts
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

hazels and cobnuts

I want to grow hazelnuts or cobnuts and am looking for help before I buy a tree (or two??). We have a small backyard with one border as yet without much in it. Also an allotment. The allotment rules say no trees except fruit trees on dwarf stock (aiming to be no taller than 10 ft at most) - but I'm ...
by VM
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: organic yarns
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

just had a look at Garthenor and New Lanark website - thanks for telling me about these - both look good, especially Garthenor
by VM
Wed Feb 13, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: organic yarns
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

belated thanks, people, for these replies

been away from the web, but will check out these sources
by VM
Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: dyeing wool / felt
Replies: 2
Views: 877

dyeing wool / felt

Another question - planning to try out some natural dyeing so can make felt in my own colours and wonder if anyone else has experience of it - in particular whether works better to make felt and then dye it or dye the wool first and then felt it. Presumably felt might shrink more when dyed as a piec...
by VM
Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: organic yarns
Replies: 6
Views: 1170

organic yarns

Wonder if anyone knows of sources of organic yarns. I'm looking for undyed yarns that I can try dyeing with plant dyes and then use in embroidery. I've found some people that supply plant-dyed yarns on the web but they are fairly expensive and I fancy trying out making my own colours. Have found som...

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