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by MKG
Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:29 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How much to grow?
Replies: 11
Views: 1103

Thanks for the Spreadsheet ... big surprise No. 1 was how little is needed for a family. But that's all to the good, and gives me a great guide, so converting it to our needs should be a walkover. Thanks again.
by MKG
Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:15 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Now this is weird...
Replies: 16
Views: 3256

The bit about her skin growing around the seat looks a little odd. Can skin do that? Does this mean that if I hug a tree long enough, then I'll enter into a permanent relationship with it? I know a few people who never seem to move from the same barstools - now I know why ...
by MKG
Fri Mar 14, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bean Surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1383

Bean Surprise

My father used to make this (1950s), although where he got the idea from is anyone's guess. I had to recreate it from memory, but I'm sure I got it right because it's delicious. He called it bean surprise, I suspect, because he couldn't think of anything else when we asked him. Part cook potatoes an...
by MKG
Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Wikipedia continues to rock.............
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Seconded, thirded and fourthed, Oldfella.
by MKG
Thu Mar 13, 2008 2:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rotovator Advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 3938

If I were you, Lincolnshirelass, I'd hire a heavy-duty rotovator for the initial dig - getting the whole area done quickly to prevent the vultures from descending - and then buy a lighter one to use thereafter. Everyone is right about rotovators chopping and distributing weeds, but only if they're t...
by MKG
Wed Mar 12, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Imported unseasonal fruit
Replies: 16
Views: 1200

I can't help remembering when I was ... so ... high (a fairly long time ago now) that I enjoyed the seasonality. Vegetables you'd almost forgotten about suddenly came back onto the table ... my perceptions of what new potatoes tasted like back then are very different to my present sensations. Strawb...
by MKG
Wed Mar 12, 2008 2:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Delia the renegade master
Replies: 69
Views: 5531

Yet more evidence - I've just caught a bit of a fairly old Delia proggy (in the conservatory in winter). She made a Spotted Dick, cut a bit off it and said "It's no wonder we won the Battle of Trafalgar".

Anyone???????
by MKG
Wed Mar 12, 2008 12:02 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Self-contained growbox
Replies: 2
Views: 789

Self-contained growbox

I'm thinking of setting up a few of the "leave it alone apart from watering" boxes (see www.josho.com/gardening.htm) this year. These are based on the Earthbox system which, I have to say, looks almost too good to be true. Has anyone used these or something similar? If so, what kinds of results did ...
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Delia the renegade master
Replies: 69
Views: 5531

I put it all down to the aluminium in the tea .... the madness and dementia, that is .... now, where did I put my cup?
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:56 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Demijohn
Replies: 19
Views: 2790

You can brew up in almost anything - the only necessities are that the container is waterproof and won't taint the product undesirably (don't, for instance, try it in an old iron crock - won't kill you, but the wine will taste of rust). While we're at it, an airlock isn't all that important either -...
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Discussion about a replacement to capitalism
Replies: 1
Views: 317

I'm afraid you're missing something ... Very clever man, but all he actually did was recognise the existence of inflation and take it under control locally. Basically, he said that if you didn't spend your money in the local economy (the new money couldn't be spent anywhere else)within a month, you ...
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This I just found odd...
Replies: 23
Views: 1270

I'd worry, Andy - the ad says that Andy Hamilton can be replaced by almost anything. Now that's just not nice .... :lol:
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: can you belive the weather
Replies: 14
Views: 1634

I have to wonder a little whether our recent bad weather is actually more like what it used to be before we had a run of not-quite-so-recent good weather. Isn't there an old, old saying about March - in like a lion and out like a lamb? So far, that seems pretty accurate.
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Alcoholic Water???
Replies: 81
Views: 10900

I've just had a mental image of the near future ... Lots of ISHer parties centred around a table groaning under the weight of several demijohns of a clear tasteless liquid ... another table full of small bottles of syrups, tinctures and essences ... next person staggers up to take the challenge ... ...
by MKG
Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:19 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: tell the truth....
Replies: 50
Views: 15032

I have to say that (being honest, which is where this thread opened) I do the homebrew thing principally because it's cheap alcohol and my taste buds are such that I enjoy even the rough stuff. Even so, quality depends upon what you're aiming for. If you REALLY want to imitate grape wine without usi...