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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...
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...
- Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:56 am
- Forum: But what can I do?
- Topic: What car would Jesus Drive?
- Replies: 39
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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...
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 ...
- 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!
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?
- Sun Jul 23, 2006 8:20 am
- Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
- Topic: Hello from Perth, West Australia
- Replies: 9
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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 ...
- 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...
- Sat Jul 22, 2006 9:30 am
- Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
- Topic: Coconut wine?
- Replies: 8
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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 ...
- 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 ...
- 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...
- 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...