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by Gra
Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: no-dig
Replies: 11
Views: 2814

Re: no-dig

I agree with Gregorach. I have been no-dig for a long time, 12 years on my current allotment and I now hardly have to worry about weeds. But initially it took a lot of hard work to fork out all the bindweed and couch grass, which needed repeating for several years despite also mulching areas with ca...
by Gra
Sat Jun 09, 2012 11:19 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: autumn cabbage growing in hot climate
Replies: 4
Views: 758

Re: autumn cabbage growing in hot climate

I assume slugs are not a problem, otherwise better if you plant out when they are bit bigger and have been hardened off. You could experiment with shade netting as well.
by Gra
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: what's it for?
Replies: 14
Views: 2163

Re: what's it for?

Waiting for a net to go over them?
by Gra
Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:55 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Jubilee
Replies: 90
Views: 15123

Re: Jubilee

I am completely amazed that so many people who are into self-sufficiency can support royalty. Is it not a contradiction in terms? Or does self-sufficiency include stealing for yourself. The royals and their flunkies throughout Europe got their positions through war and theft. Remember the ownership ...
by Gra
Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:22 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Jubilee
Replies: 90
Views: 15123

Re: Jubilee

I heard they spent £2million just on decorating Tower Bridge for the day!!!
by Gra
Sat May 26, 2012 6:09 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Columbine (Aguilegia)
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Columbine (Aguilegia)

Remember the young leaves and flowers are nicely edible.
by Gra
Fri May 25, 2012 9:55 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Plant Food
Replies: 18
Views: 3392

Re: Plant Food

I try to give everything a 2" mulch of compost or well rotted manure each year. I also give an additional bit of worm compost to things like melons, cucumbers and tomatoes. I also give comfrey tea to things in the polytunnels and perhaps to anything looking poorly outside. But in general I agree fee...
by Gra
Sun May 20, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Climbing French Bean
Replies: 9
Views: 1877

Re: Climbing French Bean

I grow Cobra every year, I've never had a problem. It is a very good bean.
by Gra
Sat May 19, 2012 10:12 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make your own sourdough
Replies: 21
Views: 6053

Re: Make your own sourdough

I'm a bit nervous about catching wild yeast in case I get something completely different by mistake. Could I get a sourdough started with commercial yeast, then carry on in the same way? Zech don't worry you won't catch anything nasty, the yeasts come from the flour, not the air, so unless you are ...
by Gra
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: removable poly tunnel
Replies: 9
Views: 1537

Re: removable poly tunnel

I wouldn't contemplate taking down and erecting a polytunnel every 6 months, too much work and unless your garden is very sheltered in order to make it easy to dismantle the resulting polytunnel is likely to be ripped apart in the first gale. Also don't you need the polytunnel as much in summer as w...
by Gra
Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:53 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Live off the Land Challenge
Replies: 45
Views: 15974

Re: Live off the Land Challenge

I have a 1/4 acre allotment in inner London, the rent is £130/year. How much would anyone rent an acre in Wales for - probably less than I pay for my 1/4 acre.
by Gra
Wed Nov 02, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: PM has lost it
Replies: 40
Views: 14887

Re: PM has lost it

Can any one in this country live on £70 minus £25 a week in this country?
by Gra
Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:02 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Human rights
Replies: 68
Views: 12586

Re: Human rights

Sorry MKG, but since the days of Crapper most don't have to slop out each day or get someone else to do it, we simply flush the loo. I believe in criminals repaying their victims and being rehabilitated, not having their noses rubbed in it. The problem with the planning system, it basically ensures ...
by Gra
Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: bottling soup?
Replies: 7
Views: 1769

Re: bottling soup?

Vegetable soups will need to be boiled for a long period, probably 2hrs at 95 to 100degC. But bottling vegetables is generally in this country not considered a good idea because of the risk of botulism.
by Gra
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:39 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bottling French beans
Replies: 0
Views: 986

Bottling French beans

Bottling vegetables is often not recommended in this country but in France it is quite common, especially French beans. Essentially it using the water bath method. The beans are topped and tailed as necessary. These are then blanched, really only to soften them to make it easier to put into the jars...