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by grahamhobbs
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs
Replies: 0
Views: 733

Slugs

With all the damp weather I've heard many complaints about slugs this year. I know I am tempting fate, but strangely I haven't found it like this, in fact it seems to be getting less of a problem. Now as I don't use slug pellets or anything like that any more I was reflecting on why that might be. W...
by grahamhobbs
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Parsnip foliage as an insecticide?
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: Parsnip foliage as an insecticide?

Now rhubarb tea is used as an insecticide against white fly.
by grahamhobbs
Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Parsnip foliage as an insecticide?
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: Parsnip foliage as an insecticide?

Interesting line of inquiry. Although there are a number of veg that are relatively pest free, but does that make them insecticidal? incidentally parsnips in this country suffer from leaf miners.
by grahamhobbs
Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Peaches
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: Peaches

Mustardseedmama with all those peaches perhaps you would like to give some away??? Between 4.00pm and 7.00pm yesterday, the squirrels eat the approx. 100 peaches that were on our tree, only about golf ball size, rock hard, but had started to ripen. They left us one to taste!! Two years ago we though...
by grahamhobbs
Wed Jul 04, 2012 4:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: At last!
Replies: 16
Views: 2941

Re: At last!

Hope it brings as much happiness and enjoyment as ours does! But first you will probably have quite a bit of digging to do, or rather forking to remove all the couch grass, bindweed and any other pernicious weeds you have inherited. But the good news is that the soil is moist, the weather reasonable...
by grahamhobbs
Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:41 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Peaches
Replies: 25
Views: 3162

Re: Peaches

We made fruit leather with our peaches last year, lasts for ever if you can stop eating it.
by grahamhobbs
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in Greenhouses
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: Growing in Greenhouses

I use stakes because of the shape of my polytunnels but strings from above if you have something high enough to suspend them from are far better, simply twist the tomato stem round them as they grow.
by grahamhobbs
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: "Will we ever learn"
Replies: 8
Views: 1083

Re: "Will we ever learn"

Not only has there been an increase in the chemicals in our foods but over the last 200 years a large increase in the amount of sugar and meat in most peoples diets together with a reduction in the amount of grains, vegetables and fermented foods. I would like to see proper independent appraisals of...
by grahamhobbs
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Comparing Mulched Soil to Bare Soil
Replies: 22
Views: 2026

Re: Comparing Mulched Soil to Bare Soil

Woodchip is not the only mulch you can use, you can mulch with compost, rotted manure or grass clippings, which avoid the possibility of robbing the soil of nitrogen, acidifying the soil or of encouraging slugs. Mulching is much better than bare soil, so long as you use the appropriate mulch for a p...
by grahamhobbs
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Choices, choices
Replies: 13
Views: 836

Re: Choices, choices

The area you need for 2 pigs is surely going to be more than you need for a polytunnel, so why not construct a polytunnel on top of their shelter (ok an enlarged shelter). Raised up off the ground with the pigs under, the pigs will provide valuable heat on winter nights. You'd need to think about wh...
by grahamhobbs
Thu Jun 14, 2012 10:02 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment fees.
Replies: 8
Views: 955

Re: Allotment fees.

Our fees are £130/year including membership and water for a plot approx 80m x 15m, although officially measured at 26 poles. This is in inner London. There are no toilets, water from standpipes about every 6 plots.
by grahamhobbs
Wed May 30, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 4809

Re: Make your own sourdough

Zech, sorry to hear about your trouble, either take up SuzieGee's offer or start completely a fresh, try using mineral water and equal quantities of flour and water. Rye flour is the best, but wholemeal is good but white will do. Put in a jar with a loose lid (enough to let gas escape). Leave it som...
by grahamhobbs
Mon May 28, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: How to build a patio?
Replies: 9
Views: 1099

Re: How to build a patio?

You say they are roof tiles, so I guess they are fairly small compared with paving slabs, in which case you cannot lay on a sand bed with guaranteed success. You need either to lay on a concrete slab (as Boboff suggested) or a well tamped hardcore base, each at least 4" thick. In both cases, but par...
by grahamhobbs
Thu May 17, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 4809

Re: Make your own sourdough

.......... Eventually, little bubbles will form throughout the mixture and your sourdough will be live...... Okra I hope you don't mind but perhaps your description skips over something that may have caused Chants Cottage to not succeed. Although your sourdough will be alive and on its way, it prob...
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 15, 2012 3:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 3741

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

Couldn't agree more Gregorach. I guess there was another influential book, back in the late seventies / early eighties, about the no-dig method because I converted to it back then. It took me a long time to work out the best method (at least for me) for treating the paths between the beds. I think I...