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by sheridand
Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:00 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Borlotti beans: when to pick and how to dry?
Replies: 16
Views: 18243

Re: Borlotti beans: when to pick and how to dry?

Mine sound like yours , mine are green speckled at the mo, and getting bigger! This has been really useful, I think I will leave them till they're good and big and then try both methods to see what works best in Fenland! Which is kinda damp.....
by sheridand
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: pillowcase dresses
Replies: 4
Views: 1658

pillowcase dresses

http://freshlypicked.blogspot.com/2008/03/pillow-case-dress-tutorial.html I just found this tutorial on how to turn a pillowcase into a dress or top for a girl. I am halfway (handsewing) and it is easy! We picked up a pillowcase, a lovely vintage one, for 25p from our Sally army shop. Thought others...
by sheridand
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Foraging in Fenland
Replies: 6
Views: 1665

Re: Foraging in Fenland

I will check these out. I've seen lots of rabbits, but am unsure about how to get them, being ferret-less! I have now found sloes / bilberries, greengages, rosehips, far too many blacberries and elders, and a big patch of fat hen and what may be meadowsweet. Nary a mushroom yet though.
by sheridand
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Sloes
Replies: 5
Views: 2173

Re: Sloes

Are sloe trees always thorned? I ask because I have spotted two big ones in the hedge at the bottom of my garden, but although they look sloe like fruit, the trees are not thorined, so they could be bilberries? I am longing to make a sloe wine.
by sheridand
Fri Aug 20, 2010 6:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Borlotti beans: when to pick and how to dry?
Replies: 16
Views: 18243

Borlotti beans: when to pick and how to dry?

My borlotti beans finally got going and it looks like I'll have a bagfull before the frosts. I am growing them for the beans and would like to dry some, but I am unsure how to do this, some people have said just to leave them in the pod and others recommend drying in a shed. Has anyone done this? Th...
by sheridand
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:24 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: spots and wedding looming!
Replies: 12
Views: 2155

Re: spots and wedding looming!

I got a big zit for my big day too. I find my skin has got more sensitive as i've got older, and now the only stuff I use on my face is Oilatum soap, and Weleda Rose toner. That's it! Oilatum is lovely stuff for stopping your skin being too oily without drying it. I would also recommend not wearing ...
by sheridand
Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:16 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Another use for courgettes
Replies: 72
Views: 20232

Re: Another use for courgettes

I made this for Sunday dinner yesterday. Courgette gratin I just made this for my tea only I've already had rice twice this week so used macaroni instead! I also topped it with sliced tomatoes and it was delish! Very well-received by the other half! Thanks for posting the recipe :icon_smile: oooh, ...
by sheridand
Tue Aug 03, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: chooks are coming! Newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

Re: chooks are coming! Newbie questions

Thanks guys, this has all been very helpful! I am not a bug person, this is what worries me the most. When the kids got nits I was beside myself............
by sheridand
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:24 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Another use for courgettes
Replies: 72
Views: 20232

Re: Another use for courgettes

I made this for Sunday dinner yesterday. Courgette gratin Slice enough courgettes on a mandolin to fill your dish. Fry up one chopped onion with garlic and some tarragon in butter till softened. Remove to dish. Fry up courgettes till softened bu still have some texture. Remove. Then fry some long gr...
by sheridand
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:19 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: chooks are coming! Newbie questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

chooks are coming! Newbie questions

Well, I've found a nice nearby supplier and we will be getting our 3 maran hybrids in the next fortnight. I've been reading up a LOT and hammering that coops together. But, there are a few things that I am pondering and wondered if you could help me out...... My coop has a double length run, so they...
by sheridand
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bl**dy neighbours and access to property
Replies: 12
Views: 2655

Re: Bl**dy neighbours and access to property

I have rear access via an unpaved road, narrow enough for a car. When we bought the house, we found that we did not own the rear access, but that a housing association which owns a few of the properties on our estate did. We took out insurance against them claiming the end of the road and blocking i...
by sheridand
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:14 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: raised beds on gravel/ hardcore?
Replies: 6
Views: 2187

Re: raised beds on gravel/ hardcore?

You're right, 4ft is daft, that's a typo! More like 2.5. I am only 5ft tall! I'd have needed a step ladder! And the snails would still go up 'em!
by sheridand
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: building raised beds from pallets?
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

Re: building raised beds from pallets?

That is great to know, we've got tons of them! Oi, husband, a job is coming...... (hear feet pattering away....)
by sheridand
Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:11 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: banties versus chooks?
Replies: 9
Views: 1487

Re: banties versus chooks?

I think it will be basic hybrids from a fella down our road to start off with, we need hardy = docile for the kids. And then I have my eye on some mental looking banties once i've got the knack, just for me!
by sheridand
Sun Jul 18, 2010 5:21 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: raised beds on gravel/ hardcore?
Replies: 6
Views: 2187

Re: raised beds on gravel/ hardcore?

This has been helpful. I live in the Fens, so I have ditches to the north and south. Everything tends to drain pretty quickly. I had a storm the other night, and a flood pretty much went in a minute. Those Fens..... However, the hardcord has been put down with non-fen soil, so it is more clay like. ...