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by Flo
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

Don't be disheartened Maggie, I took a second allotment last January and it transpires that the area where I planted the brassicas for winter crops suffers badly from club root. The calabrese failed from the start in that the healthy seedlings failed to grow at all and the sprouts grew, put out what...
by Flo
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

The local family has just returned from Australia (well yesterday) after 6 weeks (one working most of the time and then the other one went over and they both had a holiday) and came down to the allotments for a food top up. Have been stripping the cooking apple tree so there were loads of those. We ...
by Flo
Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hopless Ale
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: Hopless Ale

ina wrote:I read the title as "hopeless ale"... :mrgreen:



So did I! :mrgreen:
by Flo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Harvest time
Replies: 8
Views: 778

Re: Harvest time

Those who have the facilities to grow grape vines and then dry the produce make me a teeny weeny bit jealous. :wink:
by Flo
Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed sowing
Replies: 8
Views: 743

Re: Seed sowing

Harrod Horticultural is always expensive unless you are registered on one allotment forum where they sometimes run discounts.

And of course anything that lasts for years is bound not to be available Weedo - knocks down the profits of firms who rely on break and replace. :wink: :roll: :lol:
by Flo
Sat Aug 26, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Funny old weather
Replies: 39
Views: 4148

Re: Funny old weather

It hasn't rained in the north east whilst everyone else has floods, torrents, thunder ... I've been watering the parsnips which had flopped - for goodness sake!
by Flo
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 63
Views: 5233

Re: Someone say something

They were a dwarf one, though. The only truly dwarf broad beans that I know of Ina are Sutton. Sounds familiar. They did certainly not take over anything... Not a single bean this year! Back to whatever I had before next year, even if I have to stake them. It's been an odd broad bean year here - it...
by Flo
Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Local Food Map
Replies: 3
Views: 4291

Re: Local Food Map

There's a fairly comprehensive website here which lists community growing schemes that do veg boxes or crop shares for members in their area. It's an interesting concept, community supported agriculture. But the basic idea is to grow and supply locally. There's one such scheme up the road from me (I...
by Flo
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

Ah the joys of self sufficiency! I can't make saucepans and this morning I burnt the non stick surface off a cheap one. Round the sales and replaced along with two for a tenner sweat shirts before Millets ends the sale. Couldn't make for that price after obtaining the material (hmm neither sheep nor...
by Flo
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

I'm wondering. Can I live out of the store cupboard and off the allotment for the next month. What can I do out of the allotment for the next month. Potatoes definitely. Beetroot definitely. Cooking apples definitely. Kale definitely. Calabrese on the new to me plot - failed and it looks like club r...
by Flo
Thu Aug 17, 2017 3:46 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Re: Improving being self sufficientish

You have a plan? oops - is that where I'm going wrong. Will go and write one. :mrgreen: It wasn't on the plan to buy a new printer for the computer - close run thing mind. Eventually it turned out to be a network problem not a printer problem. Whatever the last update (big one for Windows 10) did, i...
by Flo
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:08 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Improving being self sufficientish
Replies: 42
Views: 2370

Improving being self sufficientish

I remember that many years ago there was a challenge here to see just how much we could do for ourselves in the way of food - it came out to see what we could do for a month. Some of us lived out of the store cupboard and garden for that period (and were relieved to be able to go to the supermarket ...
by Flo
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

Remember that Flo is allergic to alcohol (honestly, really, no joking) which may affect her reaction to your "efforts". :lol:
by Flo
Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Turnip wine ( and others)
Replies: 19
Views: 1143

Re: Turnip wine ( and others)

:mrgreen: You lot aren't adverts for wasting perfectly edible food on home made wine and beer.
by Flo
Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Eradicating nettles
Replies: 10
Views: 824

Re: Eradicating nettles

The Royal Horticultural Society is quite descriptive about the problem and a cure or two here though they do go down the spraying route. You won't be able to use Paraquat if you live in the UK as it's a banned chemical now. If you have a hefty strimmer you could probably keep the nettles down with r...

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