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by godfreyrob
Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Part time work available
Replies: 0
Views: 1177

Part time work available

I am looking for people to sell my software to retailers on a commission basis. My programs 'The Vegetable Gardeners Almanac' and the 'Poultry Keepers Almanac' are aimed at vegetable growers and backyard poultry keepers. You do not have to be a grower or poultry keeper to sell the software, but an i...
by godfreyrob
Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help needed with woodburning flue pipe!
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Re: Help needed with woodburning flue pipe!

Can you use a sheet of metal to replace part of the roof of the shed, several inches bigger than the flue pipe, and put the flue out through the centre of that... do you know what I mean? I don't know much about these things, but that sounds reasonable... You have the right idea but its getting hol...
by godfreyrob
Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help needed with woodburning flue pipe!
Replies: 11
Views: 1745

Help needed with woodburning flue pipe!

I work from home - my 'office' is a wooden shed in the back garden. Its great in the summer but now its freezing! I got myself a wood burning stove and want to light it but I can't find a sensible/safe way of getting the flue pipe through the wooden roof. I am using 4 inch stove enamel pipes. Has an...
by godfreyrob
Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:39 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 18
Views: 6683

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

You cannot tell if a newly laid egg is fertile or not even by candling. You can only tell if they have been in an incubator for 4/5 days or under a broody hen (when a fertile egg will show signs of development when held up to a strong light). Just a note of caution - not all chickens taste the same!...
by godfreyrob
Tue Oct 28, 2008 11:33 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: what have you got left growing?
Replies: 31
Views: 3344

Re: what have you got left growing?

I tried Apsaragus Peas this year - they grow ok and the yield was ok too. Trouble is they taste like, er, nothing! If they got over 2 ins (5cm) long they went really woody and inedible. Won't give them space next year! Luckily when we got invaded by rabbits they loved them! - so the other(useful) ve...
by godfreyrob
Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:28 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: what have you got left growing?
Replies: 31
Views: 3344

Re: what have you got left growing?

Turnips, which seem to be fine with the gentle frosts so far (that is rutabaga in America and Swede in England) Just to nit-pick but the Turnip is a different plant to the Swede and rutabaga. But then again the rutabaga is also known as the yellow Turnip. The Turnip is quicker growing, usually smal...
by godfreyrob
Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:12 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: tell me about broad beans
Replies: 24
Views: 3596

Re: tell me about broad beans

BB's are one of my favourites. Just a word of caution about autumn sowing though. They are tough but waterlogged soil will rot them. So if you are going for autumn sowings make sure the soil is well-drained. Last year I lost all my autumn sown crop (even though they were planted in raised beds) :( A...
by godfreyrob
Wed Oct 15, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2007 and 2008 top three and worst three crops
Replies: 33
Views: 5588

Re: 2007 and 2008 top three and worst three crops

Wharfedale Valley, West Yorkshire Best crops: Garlic - roasted 'wet' - fabulous :drunken: Sprouting Brocolli - planted last year Early Spinach Broad Beans & Peas Fennel Worst crops: Aubergines - spindly plants and poor fruit setting. Sweet Peppers - nice big plants but then rotted just as fruit was ...
by godfreyrob
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:09 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Broody hens?
Replies: 21
Views: 3964

Re: Broody hens?

A hen we hatched last year (A silkie/black rock cross!) went broody last week - so I moved her and sat her on 6 Cambar eggs. Its now day 10 and alls well so far. Its the second time she has gone broody this year - in May she hatched 7 chicks and has been a great mother. I also have 2 pure white silk...
by godfreyrob
Tue Oct 07, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Pumpkin snapped off stem
Replies: 9
Views: 1212

Re: Pumpkin snapped off stem

Ah thanks for this. That's a shame - I was hoping some of the smaller pumpkins and butternuts would continue growing as they really are quite tiny. I read somewhere else that you can leave the pumpkins on the vine and protect them from frost with polythene - does that work? L.x. Its possible if the...
by godfreyrob
Sat Oct 04, 2008 2:25 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Pumpkin snapped off stem
Replies: 9
Views: 1212

Re: Pumpkin snapped off stem

You can store/ripen them anywhere warm and dry - last year I just put mine on a shelf in the conservatory and they turned orange all over after a few weeks. They kept like this until March when I finally cooked them - they were fine. They will turn to mush if they get frosted so lift them now if you...
by godfreyrob
Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:21 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Countdown to having our very first chooks
Replies: 5
Views: 1274

Chickens will strip any grass in a short time if they are in an enclosed space-unless its huge. Ok in summer, but it can become a real smelly swamp in winter (and as they walk in and out of the nest boxes your eggs get mucky too). If you can arrange to divide your available runs into at least two ar...
by godfreyrob
Thu May 22, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Hatching chicken eggs - no incubator or broody hens
Replies: 30
Views: 8553

Three days over due and not looking good :cry: shell cracked on one and no more action. Others not a sign of anything. Oh so sad. Don't be afraid to itervene if this happens again. On 3 occaisions I have done this when an egg got a crack or small hole and then stopped. You CAN help a tired chick ou...
by godfreyrob
Fri May 16, 2008 7:48 am
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Rare Cambar Hens for Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 772

Rare Cambar Hens for Sale

Cambars are a very rare breed that disappeared over 50 years ago. I will have a limited supply for sale soon - please visit my site (via the Poultry Keepers signature link) for more details.
by godfreyrob
Thu May 01, 2008 12:18 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Planting Leeks
Replies: 1
Views: 665

Leeks are pretty tough but its still worth hardening them off before transplanting outside. I would put them out in a sheltered spot for a few hours each day - lenghtening the time until after a week they can be left out all the time. After 3/4 days of being out 24 hours, then transpant htem into th...