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by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 110837

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

I'm sorting out compost heaps as if it's a matter of life and death - well that's what it feels like :mrgreen: Having moved one and spread it, built another one out of three piles, discovered that I have one that is almost ready to spread last week, today I purloined a passing bin that would otherwi...
by Flo
Sun Oct 12, 2008 5:20 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: A box of one's own
Replies: 19
Views: 2382

A box of one's own

by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Any dressmakers out there?
Replies: 40
Views: 7529

Re: Any dressmakers out there?

Pictures of mother on a Sunday afternoon there. She'd sit down with trousers from me and much younger kid brother. She always bought two of the same style. This allowed her to patch the knees of little brother's newest playing out ones from his older ones. She wanted to know how on earth I always wo...
by Flo
Thu Oct 09, 2008 8:44 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Buy cheap but ...
Replies: 10
Views: 2486

Re: Buy cheap but ...

I actually took the metal rod out of the Ikea blind when it feel apart. slotted it through the slot at the top of a length of netting from charity shop and propped the metal rod on the hooks that were in the frame of the window. It needs tweaking but I've been too busy this summer. I've plenty of ne...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The problem with composting paper & cardboard
Replies: 16
Views: 2039

Re: The problem with composting paper & cardboard

A little newspaper shredded or crumpled and mixed in well will rot down well enough in a compost heap that gets hot enough. It doesn't work in layers like cardboard. It's on the Garden Organic list of things you can use with the note that it's actually environmentally better to send it for recycling...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I think this is a sign....
Replies: 11
Views: 1520

Re: I think this is a sign....

I suspect that it's the cost of the delivery that is the killer with the rising price of fuel. You'll need to be looking for good offers on seeds, free manure (assuming that you can obtain it and be sure that it's free from the chemical contamination that hit so many allotments last year) and get do...
by Flo
Mon Oct 06, 2008 8:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

Re: Like you need another reason not to drink at st*rbucks

So there will be a major exodus of customers from Starbucks then - not. Like the exodus from the Golden Arches, Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the other food stores that have been hit by bad journalism. It will be the shortage of customer's money that hits the coffee chains and the fast food outlets...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: how long before you tried one
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: how long before you tried one

Haven't had wild mushrooms since I left home on farm. Dad knew every mushroom that grew there and bought home decent ones daily when he found them. Mind you he'd been farming man and boy all his life and there's no substitute for experience in any book.
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Is it too late to start?
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: Is it too late to start?

Look see snap dragon, the best thing you could do would be to go and put your name on the allotment list. And follow it up regularly to see how you are doing. Go round the local allotments and talk to people there to see if you can share. Work up gently and you will be a lot less creaky after a gent...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: A communal self suffiency garden
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: A communal self suffiency garden

Wouldn't that be just typical of the council. Now's the time to ask for it to be made into allotments then before things get too deep. That would be a good deed indeed.
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 110837

Re: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to

I've had some very learned discussions with very keen and good gardeners from cultures where they habitually cremate who caught on very quickly to why graveyards are so lush. They get things like dried blood and bone meal free don't they and on slow release as well over a few long years ..... :mrgre...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Cooking/eating for yourself: choosing simple, no-bother food
Replies: 28
Views: 1199

Re: Cooking/eating for yourself: choosing simple, no-bother food

It's a relief not to be bound to the kitchen now that family has all left home. I'm no cook anyway and dislike doing it. But I do a handy soup or three fresh with stuff from the allotment, also stir fries and salads. Other than that I'm happy with cheese on toast or beans on toast or whatever comes ...
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What I learned this year
Replies: 38
Views: 3577

Re: What I learned this year

69. I love making compost heaps and HATE shifting the boodly things when they have to be moved. :roll: :mrgreen:
by Flo
Fri Oct 03, 2008 12:16 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Want to rant about a news story!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1570

Re: Want to rant about a news story!!!

Funny I cancelled Christmas years ago. The kids grew up, left home and got married so had other calls on their time, the grandchildren are now teenogres with their own lives to lead and for me there's no specific religious side. Presents are cash for the grandchildren still at home up to age 18 and ...
by Flo
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Pickled
Replies: 24
Views: 1473

Re: Pickled

I'm going to try purple carrots too and this idea of stripy beetroot could be fun. But one thing at a time as I share stuff with family and they might not take to a great number of strange things all at the same time. :lol: