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by Muscroj
Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: blackberrys Vs Brambles
Replies: 8
Views: 959

blackberrys Vs Brambles

so how come..... We inherited some beautifully maintained spike-less blackberry bushes when we moved into this house, now I've never been a fan of soft fruit, but I'm trying to grow to like them as we have a fab fruit garden. Anyway, I've just not been able to 'get' blackberrys these passed 2 summer...
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Ideas for apples - eaters and rubbish keepers
Replies: 15
Views: 1755

Re: Ideas for apples - eaters and rubbish keepers

chutney!

green tomato chutney uses apples in it!
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:11 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Ideas for apples - eaters and rubbish keepers
Replies: 15
Views: 1755

Re: Ideas for apples - eaters and rubbish keepers

yup, juice them or make cider!

I don't see why you can't use them with the cookers, just won't need to add as much sugar
by Muscroj
Tue Aug 18, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Preserves:River Cottage Handbook No.2, By Pam Corbin
Replies: 17
Views: 5434

Re: Preserves:River Cottage Handbook No.2, By Pam Corbin

I have this too & it's great! I made the rhubarb cordial in the spring & the boys loved it, although it was a tad too sugary & not quite rhubarby for me, but it's always good to tinker. Yes, I've leant a lot & it's given me a lot of inspiration for some of the soft fruits in my garden as I'm not a f...
by Muscroj
Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:50 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Baby vaccines
Replies: 7
Views: 2038

Re: Baby vaccines

my boys have both had all of their vaccines, however I too delayed the jabs, starting them at 3 months instead of 6 weeks & only taking them when they were completely fit & healthy, no sign of a snivel. It wasn't something I discussed with my HV/GP, I just did it, took them when I felt they were rea...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Successes & Failures
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Re: Successes & Failures

raspberrys, I think I need to feed, they weren't as productive this year :?

Spinach - did nothing

Spring onions - did nothing

Rocket - I need to remember to sow successivly, had loads early on but it went to seed quickly & then I had to pull it all up :(
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:49 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: cider
Replies: 23
Views: 3607

Re: cider

fab!! once again thats really helpful advice & I'm learning loads for this years batch. I DID ferment in the house but fermenting in the shed will be much better this year as we have no room to store it. I think the problem is that it's overly acidic, extremely so. This year we won't be getting many...
by Muscroj
Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Successes & Failures
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Re: Successes & Failures

oh yes, forgot to add potatoes - I planted the seed potatoes I bought in a trench with loads of chicken manure, the trench got waterlogged 3 times & in the end the potatoes just rotted :( Lesson learned for next year! Cucumbers - last year I had a small variety & planted 3 in pots. I had so many cuc...
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Successes & Failures
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Successes & Failures

thought it would be useful to write down what we've all had success with, what we'll grow again & what we won't bother with or would do differently. I've learned loads this year, so don't want to forget it all for next year. Potatoes - did really well, want to plant more next year & have a combinati...
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 87
Views: 8901

Re: Sweetcorn

yup, hopefully as long as they all get pollenated by the male flower! :)
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Come talk to me about bakeware. Please!
Replies: 30
Views: 3209

Re: Come talk to me about bakeware. Please!

I don't know about the longevity of it as we've only had it a year, but we replaced all our rusty old baking trays with circulon ones last year, they were more expensive but so far they seem to be doing a great job, they don't warp like the cheap ones and I *think* the non stickness is built into th...
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:37 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 87
Views: 8901

Re: Sweetcorn

nope, the cob grows where the female flowers are. You'll see the stems fattening up as it starts to swell.
I was confuddled by the 'flower' at the top to begin with too, thought it was a developing cob, but it aint :wink:
by Muscroj
Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:35 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: i need a bit of advice... or a kick up the arse
Replies: 12
Views: 987

Re: i need a bit of advice... or a kick up the arse

go for it!!!
Do I take it youve not been working this year?? you only get taxed if you've earnt over about £4000 since April.

Like you say, it's an experience. You never know who you'd bump into!