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by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: courgettes
Replies: 18
Views: 5735

Hedgie, you're a star. Thanks a lot. Sounds like the "plant 2 and pray one dies" advice is about right, although I also like your idea about having 2 plants and preserving half. But 3 or 4 courgette plants (or more!) would result in a ridiculous unusable glut for a normal family. This year we have 3...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 11:33 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Livestock costs
Replies: 19
Views: 6414

Livestock costs

My husband and I have just spent a frustrating hour trying to find guideline prices for livestock such as pigs, goats and dairy cows. Just roughly, approximately, ballpark figures how much would we expect to pay for animals like this? The thing is we might be able to get hold of some land much soone...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What car would Jesus Drive?
Replies: 39
Views: 12978

Thinking about this thread it occurred to me that different people have different approaches to living ethically. All of us here give a lot of emphasis to sustainability and stopping or reversing damage to the environment. But other people give more time to helping other people by for example workin...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: 4x4s?!
Replies: 70
Views: 29285

I'm uncomfortable with the 4x4 witchhunt. I'm perfectly happy with the approach "Don't use (or even have) a car if you can manage without, and don't use (or have) a bigger car than you really need", but singling out 4x4s in particular seems puzzling to me. It seems to me that most of the vitriol is ...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:28 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: We've got our first goat....
Replies: 36
Views: 11500

8 pints of milk a day from two goats? I had no idea you got that much milk from them. Wow. I've never made proper cheese but I make home-made yogurt then strain it through butter muslin and add salt/garlic/herbs to make home-made philadelphia. I could also give you a recipe for goats' milk soap!
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: courgettes
Replies: 18
Views: 5735

I've had a rant about this on my blog recently - how can you find information on how many plants to plant to avoid ridiculous gluts/undersupplies? Someone told me to plant two courgette plants and pray one of them dies. What's the general opinion - how many courgette plants is the optimum?
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:20 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Perth, West Australia
Replies: 9
Views: 2038

Hi Rusty. I spot the fervour of a true convert! It sounds like you are doing a super job and enjoying yourself as well. I feel the same about our set-up here in Cheshire, England. There comes a point where you really get the bug and you start getting very ambitious. Where other people are sceptical ...
by Chickpea
Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:16 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from Atlanta Georgia
Replies: 8
Views: 1780

Hi Rik. Where do you get the waste oil?
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:14 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Squash. We have leaves, what now?
Replies: 77
Views: 29606

I think you have to plant the corn a while before the beans for that reason, Hedgie.
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Bottling wines
Replies: 14
Views: 4582

The size of the bottles doesn't matter except that once opened it will tend to spoil so you need to be able to drink it all quickly. Sangria is weak so two people can easily finish a litre and a half in a night, but your homebrew may be significantly stronger. Having said that, I'll let you decide p...
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:30 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Coconut wine?
Replies: 8
Views: 3023

The essence of alcohol is water sugar and yeast plus flavour, but that's not wine. The essence of wine includes tannin, and vinosity other weird and wonderful things. I know Jilly Goolden and Oz Clarke are desparately annoying with their pretentious talk of pencil shavings and mown grass, but there ...
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:21 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tallest sunflower competition
Replies: 123
Views: 47987

A couple of years ago our sunflowers were getting chomped. I tried all the anti-slug measures I know - beer traps, broken eggshells, ash, copper strips but nothing worked. Then I saw a bally squirrel climbing up the sunflowers and eating the seeds out of the flowerheads. No wonder the slug measures ...
by Chickpea
Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Timber and Chooks
Replies: 7
Views: 2754

I did wonder that some of them didn't seem to have any shaded areas, and some of the ones that did have a built-in house had no apparent ventilation. But some of them looked well-designed and I'm sure Our Nev's is like that! I have the same reservations about Eglus - they're not very big (that's sor...
by Chickpea
Fri Jul 21, 2006 10:10 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What is this tree??
Replies: 7
Views: 1975

Can you give us an idea of scale? How big are the berries? How long are the leaves (the un-nibbled ones!) And how tall is the tree itself?
by Chickpea
Fri Jul 21, 2006 9:22 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Squash. We have leaves, what now?
Replies: 77
Views: 29606

Ah, thanks Shirlz. Good article. I reckon I'll try that next year. the people on the plot next to us have a fabulous-looking crop of corn growing. I tried it last year in growbags but it was a flop. I dunno whether it was the growbags or the weather last year. My tomatoes were a flop last year becau...