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by contadina
Sat May 26, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: BBQ
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: BBQ

We pretty much live on barbecues all summer as it's too hot to put the oven on in the house. Over the past few weeks we've been scoffing all manner of bbq-ued veg; slices of courgettes, with oil, garlic, lemon and mint are lush, as are melt in the mouth aubergines and spiced potato wedges. On the bu...
by contadina
Fri May 25, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Plant Food
Replies: 18
Views: 3575

Re: Plant Food

New trees and tomatoes get fed either worm juice (the worms get fed a fair bit of chicken poop) or comfrey tea and it really seems to help.
by contadina
Wed May 23, 2012 7:12 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Moving country to be self sufficient
Replies: 62
Views: 15977

Re: Moving country to be self sufficient

Whatever treatment you give your pets make sure it protects against sandflies too, as leishmaniasis is very prevalent in the Med and parts of France.
by contadina
Mon May 21, 2012 12:33 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Almonds
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Almonds

They're quite nice like that in a green gazpacho, you just have to make sure you don't pick the bitter varieties used to make amaretto.
by contadina
Mon May 21, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Almonds
Replies: 8
Views: 1836

Re: Almonds

I love raw almonds, but I also like almond milk, roasted almonds, almond butter, almond biscuits, frangipane, almond nut roast and just about any other form of almond related food. As you can probably guess, we pick a lot of almonds each year :iconbiggrin: .
by contadina
Thu May 17, 2012 5:18 am
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: GE nightmare
Replies: 26
Views: 8835

Re: GE nightmare

Thanks for sharing your experiences Mustardseedmama.It reminds me of a biotech conference I attended in Washington many years ago (the one where Bush called Europe anti-science owing to its GM ban). Lunch was prepared for journalists using only GM-produced produce, with the intention that everyone w...
by contadina
Wed May 16, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Should I get a freezer?
Replies: 22
Views: 3377

Re: Should I get a freezer?

You'd be very hard-pressed to find an ethical electronics manufacturer and very few people can afford to spend :roll: £1400 on a bespoke freezer. The only caveat I have when buying electronic goods is that they were not produced in a sweatshop, so I check that the goods were made in Europe. Most ele...
by contadina
Sun May 13, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 5648

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

Fair comment GA and I do think that permaculture principles are all about good gardening/farming, I just think that it's shame that so many people get too wrapped up in the ethos of permaculture that their projects fail. If they carried on practicing good gardening/faming without the permaculture ba...
by contadina
Sun May 13, 2012 6:46 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 5648

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

Intensive farming isn't the answer. The advent of cheap fertilisers and pesticides and the need for bigger fields and machinery has not produced the returns that were promised, and clearly this will not be possible in a post-peak oil world. Organic farming will help restore life to soil damaged by i...
by contadina
Sun May 13, 2012 5:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 5648

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

I think that the main problem that I have with permaculture is that unless you have the paid for qualification, obtained with hardly any real hands on experience, then your work is dismissed, even if you have been following permaculture guidelines successfully for years; because let's face it, there...
by contadina
Sat May 12, 2012 6:08 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture
Replies: 45
Views: 5648

Re: victorian kitchen garden vs permaculture

I'll plump for victorian over permaculture because it is, in my opinion, a more practical, hands-on organic approach to gardening, whereas permaculture seems more interested in design than practicalities. Far too much Emperor's new clothes, with a bit of woo thrown in for good measure, for my liking.
by contadina
Sun May 06, 2012 6:35 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Any tips to help back ache.
Replies: 30
Views: 24633

Re: Any tips to help back ache.

I Know someone on her second set of hip replacements, who put pain in her arm and occasional inability to swallow down to her hips (she's had a lifetime of pain) but an MRI scan revealed that she had broken her neck. The doctors reckon it had been broken for two years and it's incredible that she's ...
by contadina
Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Home made bone meal
Replies: 28
Views: 8403

Re: Home made bone meal

You can give the heads and feet, so long as they are uncooked, to the dogs along with the intestines, minus the gallbladder. Or I've been reliably informed, by my non-veggie husband that you can wash the intestines and wrap them tightly around the chicken's liver or heart and either roast or cook it...
by contadina
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:09 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Home made bone meal
Replies: 28
Views: 8403

Re: Home made bone meal

We just wrap the bones in newspaper and throw them in the fire part of the stove. They get tipped onto the soil with the ash. Areas of the garden with bonemeal, ash and manure survive summer droughts much better than parts with only manure and ash.
by contadina
Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:18 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: removable poly tunnel
Replies: 9
Views: 1640

Re: removable poly tunnel

Possibly for tropical plants, which I wouldn't mind having a go at, plus a lot of plants get scorched here in the summer, so it would be nice to have a shadier option.