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by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 13421

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

OKKKKAAAYYYYY.... so about half of the tomato plants are smashed and other stuff is damaged. The forecast is shit. Some of the fields around here look as though they've been strimmed with the sunflowers & maize particularly badly hit - talking in terms of a complete loss for some people locally.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:50 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Your idea of what is frugal?
Replies: 22
Views: 5242

Re: Your idea of what is frugal?

There was a mention of mobile phones earlier and it's funny how so many people now regard them as essentials rather than luxuries. I have one now as I'm self employed but did have one before but I was cut off. The reason? I hadn't made a call or sent a text for 18 months on it so vodaphone cut me o...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:38 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 13421

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

Thunder, lightning & hail over night; I've yet to summon up the courage to go and see what it did to the vegetable garden, but I don't suppose it has done a great deal of good. Still, it is relatively warm at last (great conditions for growing blight) and at least I don't have to do much in the in t...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Its all so quiet ...
Replies: 6
Views: 1430

Re: Its all so quiet ...

It's peak season for us in the gites (which is how we earn the cash to pay the outstanding range of taxes with which we are presented) so it's seven-days-per-week for the time being with most spare time spent in the garden.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Knitting one's own yogurt... problems?!
Replies: 5
Views: 2641

Re: Knitting one's own yogurt... problems?!

The thing is, it is the lactose in the milk that the bacterial culture feeds on, so if you start with lactose-free milk, you can't make yoghurt. Lactose free yoghurt is made from ordinary milk, lactose and all, but the culture is very carefully managed - often with the addition of additional enzyme ...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!
Replies: 56
Views: 14412

Re: Weeds, weeds and more weeds. Help!

Boboff is right - glyphosphate is the best of the bunch when it comes to weed killers and it does break down very quickly (about 7-10 days) in the soil. I use it as a last resort, though I don't spray it with gay abandon. However, it won't get rid of the tough perennials on its own. When I cleared a...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:13 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 13421

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

Making progress at last. We're into the 20s finally but still very unsettled.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hiya, from Finistere in France
Replies: 8
Views: 2093

Re: Hiya, from Finistere in France

Bit further south than you, but same country. Welcome.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Advice on butternut squash
Replies: 5
Views: 2075

Re: Advice on butternut squash

I plant about a metre apart, but, to be honest, they trail everywhere so they always end up being a sort of living mulch for the tomatoes or whatever. The most common commercial variety is "Ultra" which is a hybrid strain, so what you get from your saved seed might not be similar to the one you boug...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How many people actually grow vegatables?
Replies: 12
Views: 3400

Re: How many people actually grow vegatables?

oldjerry wrote:So basically ,the only thing worth surveying is your veg patch...from a distance with pride/despair.
Or frustration. I've had to replant rather too much this season due to stuff dying of cold. Not frost, just consistent low temperatures slowing them down until they drop.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How many people actually grow vegatables?
Replies: 12
Views: 3400

Re: How many people actually grow vegatables?

Do a survey of this village and I reckon 250 of the 300 households will have a veg garden. Surveys are mostly about deciding what answer you want and then going out to pick the right sample :iconbiggrin:
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu May 30, 2013 5:26 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Generous freebies and learning new skills
Replies: 4
Views: 2086

Re: Generous freebies and learning new skills

Lucky you! If they're young hare, a roast baron of hare is a rare & wonderful thing. Otherwise, stewing them with a sturdy red wine is a way forward.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu May 30, 2013 5:18 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: suitable plants for chickens
Replies: 3
Views: 2077

Re: suitable plants for chickens

For the inside of the pen you might consider looking at a mix of grasses plus some deep-rooting herbs like alf-alfa, comfrey, vetch and (gulp) dandelion. These are quite rich foods for chickens and can really supplement their diets. Dandelion in particular is rich in carotenes which can give richly ...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu May 30, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Where are???
Replies: 46
Views: 13170

Re: Where are???

Strikes me that there are a few of us who have found that self sufficientish can be a full time occupation. Yep! Self-sufficientish morphs into more self and less ish. In the last couple of years I've taken up: - soap making - home curing of sausages - perfecting sour dough breads - finally sorting...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Tue May 28, 2013 5:24 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Spraying Spuds
Replies: 11
Views: 3523

Re: Spraying Spuds

I was advised over the weekend that nettle tea is quite useful too, particularly when the blight affects tomatoes. I'm taking a year off growing potatoes this year to give the soil a break. That way I'll be able to plant in soil that hasn't seen a spud for three years at least. I'm hoping that this ...