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by A&A
Tue Dec 08, 2009 4:51 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I make bread?
Replies: 68
Views: 8879

Re: How do I make bread?

I managed to pick up Richard Bertinet's book and love it. I had no idea what I was missing and I'm thoroughly enjoying experimenting with the recipes. I've got my own ferment going in the fridge and am looking foward to seeing the difference in taste this can make with my next loaf.
by A&A
Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Coffee grains
Replies: 12
Views: 1863

Re: Coffee grains

Most of what I've read online seems to suggest that coffee grains are generally quite acidic & Ph 4 is normally quoted. I tested the ones I've been given and got 4.5 so it does seem to back that up but perhaps different coffee & the efficiency of the coffee machines makes a difference? Who knows ;) ...
by A&A
Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Allreet!
Replies: 22
Views: 2163

Re: Allreet!

Welcome James!
by A&A
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I can't believe this weather!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1623

Re: I can't believe this weather!!!

Ahh you've done pretty well to still have tomatoes outside. Everyone here lost their outdoor ones in the first frost which went just below zero. It hammered the tobacco crop as well which was mid-harvest - caught all the farmers on the hop!
by A&A
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:14 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: RAISED BEDS/HOW TO?
Replies: 27
Views: 3625

Re: RAISED BEDS/HOW TO?

Julie: your beds look superb - a real labour of love if I remember correctly having read many moons ago how your husband insisted on sieving all the soil ;) Hope the rain calms down for you - you could send some our way if you like! Foodinistar: Inspirational use of the backgarden. Do you think you'...
by A&A
Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I can't believe this weather!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1623

Re: I can't believe this weather!!!

Yup, frost isn't too common for us in October - it happens but it's unusual. We live on the edge of the Appenine mountains and we're over 1000ft above sea level - so perhaps it's not quite so surprising. Don't forget a portion of the Alps are in Italy too and they've got snow now ;)
by A&A
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I can't believe this weather!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1623

Re: I can't believe this weather!!!

Same for us. We're at N43.30 and it's been a balmy 20C over the last couple of days. That said, we had our first frost in October so everything is a bit backwards this year. The calendula are still flowering heavily & thus making their way into our salads still, the borage has finally finished and g...
by A&A
Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: An Autumn pic of my plot.
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: An Autumn pic of my plot.

Yes, if you don't already have one, the greenhouse would be a great addition. It looks like a really nice-sized plot - look forward to seeing more photos as you develop it!
by A&A
Tue Nov 17, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Coffee grains
Replies: 12
Views: 1863

Re: Coffee grains

Slug deterrent is a new one for me - if it has some effect then that's a bonus. Obviously, that'll mean scattering them on the surface of the soil. The wormery thing puzzled me since the wormery manufacturers all seem to tell you that you can use coffee grinds. My father-in-law feeds his regularly w...
by A&A
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Coffee grains
Replies: 12
Views: 1863

Coffee grains

I'm determined to produce a great deal of compost each year for the garden. Elsewhere on the web, I remember reading that plenty of people get wonderful results from used coffee grains. Even Starbucks promote its use - and give away bags of spent coffee free of charge to anyone who asks (apparently....
by A&A
Mon Nov 16, 2009 9:37 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Electricity, Gas Demand Falls by Largest Amount Ever
Replies: 12
Views: 1669

Re: Electricity, Gas Demand Falls by Largest Amount Ever

The Riff-Raff Element wrote:
I'm burning acorns, me.
Coincidentally, so am I ;) After reading it somewhere here, I gathered up a bucket load from the road outside our gate to see how they go in the stufa. Seems they burn quite nicely.
by A&A
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Electricity, Gas Demand Falls by Largest Amount Ever
Replies: 12
Views: 1669

Re: Electricity, Gas Demand Falls by Largest Amount Ever

Yup, perhaps a whole new strategy is required to combat world-wide energy over-use. Perhaps we shouldn't have been bailing out the banks after all. A prolonged recession could really yield some interesting benefits. BTW, I didn't have any problems with pop-ups on the site. I've used adblock plus (AB...
by A&A
Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: An Autumn pic of my plot.
Replies: 14
Views: 1079

Re: An Autumn pic of my plot.

Nice one. So, out of interest, do you not grow anything much in those areas over winter or do you choose to allow the soil some recovery time and feed it somehow ready for the spring's plantings?
by A&A
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:51 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Lunar planting
Replies: 19
Views: 1690

Re: Lunar planting

Essentially, I think the theory is based on the fact that if the moon has the power to shift the oceans & plants are essentially full of water (especially leaves) then why should we assume that it can't possibly affect plants. There's a logic there - but a lot of conflicting ways of applying it. ETA...
by A&A
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:55 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: polytunnel advice ?
Replies: 40
Views: 5450

Re: polytunnel advice ?

As promised a couple of images showing the clips I keep talking about. The first two are very slightly different sizes (35/36mm) They're from different shops here - I guess someone got the mold wrong. They both fit my tubular structure - one being just slightly tighter than the other. The small one ...