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by MKG
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Meath
Replies: 6
Views: 688

Re: Hello from Meath

Hello, Dungareegirl. Don't forget the winemaking section when you enter despair territory.
by MKG
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 19
Views: 1099

Re: Liquorice

I wonder what Brussels cooked in liquorice juice taste like. Mmmmmm - scrummy!!!!! :pukeright:
by MKG
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Plums!
Replies: 4
Views: 695

Re: Plums!

Plum moth caterpillar wine? It could be a a revelation.
by MKG
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1500

Re: Oval-necked demijohn - fix/throw out ?

As Bernard has pointed out, no seal is required during fermentation - a loose cotton wool plug will stop insects getting in. When fermentation has finished, the enemy changes to the air itself - if oxygen gets in there, your wine will readily take it in and ... ermmm ... oxidise. However, any imperm...
by MKG
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Liquorice
Replies: 19
Views: 1099

Re: Liquorice

Here you go, Ina ...
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/g ... rdens.html

It's a lot of bother to go to to chew a brown stick :iconbiggrin:
by MKG
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Flying insects
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: Flying insects

I've just done my cleg research. Apparently, they're not like horse flies - they ARE horse flies. Amazingly (I think) I've never met a horse fly in my life - at least one that fancies biting me. Hornets and wasps, on the other hand, think I'm target practice.
by MKG
Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 9
Views: 2733

Re: Mattresses

I went through a lot of furnished accommodation when I was a student (and loons with naturally-frayed bottoms were perfectly normal legwear). All the mattresses I slept on were more than second-hand. Never got a single scratchy spot. This may be because ex-tenants were scrupulous or bedbugs and flea...
by MKG
Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fly strips
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: Fly strips

Apparently (I don't use the things) some (maybe most or all - no-one's saying) flypaper adhesives are based on rosin or sugar. The last one makes for some very creative ideas for cake baking (and I bet you really believed that they were currants). :pale:
by MKG
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Weed killing on lawns
Replies: 16
Views: 1414

Re: Weed killing on lawns

There are thousands of people in this country who go to great lengths to grow weed, and they would hate it to be killed. What? Oh - sorry. Wrong kind of weed. For the right kind of weed, I would have thought that mowing in dry conditions may be more effective. Grass (the green kind) can take that tr...
by MKG
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Perfect deep fried onion bhaji recipe
Replies: 11
Views: 1862

Re: Perfect deep fried onion bhaji recipe

I've just been looking that up, as it's far from clear. Methi is actually ANY part of the fenugreek plant. MaP's recipe states curry leaves, but just methi for the fenugreek, so I suspect he means fenugreek powder or seeds. Then again, all forms of fenugreek taste the same to me, so maybe it doesn't...
by MKG
Sun Jun 03, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 37
Views: 3543

Re: Onions

Onions go to seed because it's too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, a day with a 'y' in it, excess solar radiation, ill-fated horoscopes, the Russians, aliens, elves, bad vibes, soil too sandy, soil too clay-y, and the coming apocalypse. Avoid all of those and you'll have no problem.
by MKG
Fri May 25, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 37
Views: 3543

Re: Onions

Oh no he isn't! I may now be restricted in activity, but I still grow a lot of rhubarb, the overwintered garlic was a triumph, the chillis are growing nicely and a host of pot herbs are beavering away like good 'uns. Oh - and the runner beans are about to be inserted into the very tall tubs just out...
by MKG
Mon May 21, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 8
Views: 2244

Re: New build pantry

... and a buttery was for storing BEER!!!!!!!!

...as in butts as opposed to butter.
by MKG
Wed May 16, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 7200

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

It's what I've always wanted too, Bernard. It sounds well worthwhile so, despite my earlier misgivings, I think I may give this one a go.
by MKG
Wed May 16, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 37
Views: 7200

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Well, we're still waiting for Bernard's taste test. It's still a possibility that it was truly wonderful and Bernard is whooping it up in Nirvana.