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by grahamhobbs
Tue May 15, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 2833

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

Safronsue, I guess there have many books since LDH, many just repeat the same basic stuff, but Joy Larkom's books on the creative vegetable garden and on salads were influential as was Elliot Coleman's winter growing, although nowadays I think Charles Dowdings books are the best and most comprehensi...
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 15, 2012 1:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: debt collection agencies - advice needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1778

Re: debt collection agencies - advice needed

I think the problem is that these credit card companies sell off their debts to collection agencies. One of these have probably had your debt on file and only now got round to doing anything. ...... About 6 years ago I refused to pay an alleged debt and challenged them to take me to court. Since th...
by grahamhobbs
Sun May 13, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 2833

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

I have an allotment that is just under a 1/4 acre which feeds us all year round except for grains. If I had 1/2 acre I could grow enough food, including grains, for a small family for 12 months of the year, utilising modern organic methods, no dig and polytunnels (and an input of manure or compost)....
by grahamhobbs
Thu May 10, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fourth Fork FFFFFFFF Broken
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Fourth Fork FFFFFFFF Broken

Should have kept my big mouth shut, after extolling virtues of a probably 50 year old fork, that night the handle broke!!!
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 08, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Windowsill French beans
Replies: 13
Views: 701

Re: Windowsill French beans

Our flat is too dark for this sort of thing, but we have been enjoying peas in the polytunnel for the last couple of weeks (unfortunately so have the mice). Our french beans are still a couple of weeks off, perhaps I'll try sowing even a bit earlier next year.
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 08, 2012 9:10 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: tis the season to be scything !
Replies: 8
Views: 4534

Re: tis the season to be scything !

I've got a scythe, an old traditional heavy curved timber type, but it is way to big to use on my allotment paths. I agree with the remarks about learning to use it properly and to sharpening it first. Look back to a previous thread, there is a very good video link that shows the correct way to use ...
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 08, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fourth Fork FFFFFFFF Broken
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Fourth Fork FFFFFFFF Broken

My experience is that stainless steel tools are rubbish. The only forks we've broken are two stainless steel ones, that we didn't buy but came by them somehow. I have a very old Bulldog fork, the previous owner had sharpened the tines and it is a fabulous tool with metal straps front and back the fu...
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 01, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: ants and aphids ....i had NO idea
Replies: 10
Views: 662

Re: ants and aphids ....i had NO idea

Normally I hose them off, but this year with the hosepipe ban I don't know, perhaps all this rain will keep them at bay, otherwise I guess just pinching the tops off the broad beans. Later on the nasturtiums divert the blackflies attention away from the broad beans and other things.
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 01, 2012 6:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: views on permaculture courses
Replies: 11
Views: 620

Re: views on permaculture courses

I was involved with a permaculture group about 20 years ago and in particular with another guy who was a permaculture designer. He was an architect and very good at ecological building design but when it came to gardening he was hopeless because he had permaculture theories but no real understanding...
by grahamhobbs
Tue May 01, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Anyone know of good home smoking builds?
Replies: 10
Views: 2104

Re: Anyone know of good home smoking builds?

Paul, I've been wondering the same thing and have looked at many Utube videos, it all seemed very complicated, the americans especially seem to over complicate things. However I visited a National Trust farm in Cumbria a short while ago. Meat was smoked here by hanging it, not in the chimney, but in...
by grahamhobbs
Fri Apr 27, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Advice, please, on shade loving crops
Replies: 8
Views: 449

Re: Advice, please, on shade loving crops

Redcurrants, raspberries, gooseberries are all fairly shade tolerant
by grahamhobbs
Thu Apr 26, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New pond
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: New pond

Thanks everyone, great ideas
by grahamhobbs
Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:58 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New pond
Replies: 9
Views: 546

Re: New pond

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look them up. I'm not worried about native or non-native too much, so long as they don't take over. I'll try some watercress in the 'ditch' part of the pond, but are there any other edibles for ponds or edges?
by grahamhobbs
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:12 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New pond
Replies: 9
Views: 546

New pond

Just dug a pond on our allotment, approx 3m x 2m (max depth 2ft) and it is feed by a ditch, that flows with water when it rains. Can anyone recommend any good plants (or ones to avoid) either for in the pond or around the edge. So far all we have got is some yellow iris and a rhubarb plant.
by grahamhobbs
Tue Apr 24, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you experimenting with this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 3360

Re: What are you experimenting with this year?

Gregorach, yes it is basically a sound idea and I don't want to put you off, but just on a garden scale I found certain practical difficulties - digging out the clover, which has surprisingly large roots, afterwards was a bit of hard work and the clover plants seem to provide a haven for slugs. It w...