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by Davie Crockett
Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment vineyard..
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Allotment vineyard..

Me too! I've got Pino Noir and Polo Muscat. I'm not doing mine in raised beds though. I've got 6 good sized bunches on the Polo Muscat at home. Happy days!
by Davie Crockett
Tue Aug 14, 2012 7:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Paths between raised beds
Replies: 7
Views: 1914

Re: Paths between raised beds

Wood chips over membrane every time! Beware cocoa husks if buying commercial chips....poisonous to dogs.
by Davie Crockett
Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I grow and refine sugar?
Replies: 24
Views: 6778

Re: How do I grow and refine sugar?

Just found another link: http://www.ukagriculture.com/crops/suga ... arming.cfm

Wash, Chop, simmer at 70°c, seed, centrifuge/strain.
by Davie Crockett
Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:04 am
Forum: Mushroom and Fungus Identification
Topic: Fungus threatening my mushrooms cultivation
Replies: 2
Views: 3277

Re: Fungus threatening my mushrooms cultivation

It looks to me like a variety of slime mould fruiting bodies (stemonitis) they usually only set spores when all the nutrients have been extracted from the substrate (and they can feed on the mycelium of mushrooms). I would hazard a guess and say that it has killed off your mushroom mycelium and usur...
by Davie Crockett
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:42 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: Now this is strange!
Replies: 10
Views: 3691

Re: Now this is strange!

Does your finger have a "focal point" where the bite may have been?

A differential diagnosis could be gout, This can manifest in any joint causing the symptoms you describe.
by Davie Crockett
Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...
Replies: 10
Views: 3031

Re: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...

If you Camden it, it will kill everything in it and it won't be fizzy. It's tricky to obtain the right amount of fizz. Generally when your brew has stopped frothing and it takes on an almost oily look to the surface, it's time to bottle. (This assumes that the yeast you have used hasn't been killed ...
by Davie Crockett
Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Taking bay cuttings
Replies: 3
Views: 1263

Re: Taking bay cuttings

Take 4-5 inch cuttings from semi ripe wood. Strip all but the top 2 leaves. Scrape the bottom 1/2 inch to reveal the cambium, dip in rooting hormone and place in equal parts peat and sand. Water thoroughly and allow to drain. Place the pot and cutting in a polythene bag and seal. Stand it on a light...
by Davie Crockett
Tue Aug 07, 2012 10:39 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...
Replies: 10
Views: 3031

Re: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...

Zech wrote: Would that risk be reduced if the nettles and lemons were boiled before adding? It would reduce the risk, but time vs passing organisms is the real enemy. Excessive boiling also increases the risk of adding unwanted pectins as the cells break down. Pectins make your brew hazy and difficu...
by Davie Crockett
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...
Replies: 10
Views: 3031

Re: Stonehead's ale goes on and on and on and...

Hi Hannah and welcome to the forum! :wave: As Mike has said, It sounds like you have used kilo's instead of lbs. As it's probably not a closed fermentation at this stage, I would be tempted to add more nettles, lemon and water, otherwise you're going to end up with a beer that is strong and sweet wi...
by Davie Crockett
Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:44 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 3413

Re: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!

I've found that scarifying my lawn once a year has made a dramatic reduction in slug and snail numbers, I guess it disrupts the egg cycle in grass thatch and opens the grass to bird predators. I can honestly count on two hands the number of snails/slugs removed from the flower beds this year. @*%"dy...
by Davie Crockett
Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:05 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ... get rid of mare's tail?
Replies: 7
Views: 2408

Re: ... get rid of mare's tail?

Is this the article? : To avoid damping off disease, sprinkle a thin eighth-inch layer of coarse sand over the compost when seedlings first emerge. This helps with drainage and lowers top humidity. An infusion or tea made from marestail, nettle and/or chamomile can also be sprayed as an anti-fungal ...
by Davie Crockett
Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: jets and the jetstream
Replies: 22
Views: 5606

Re: jets and the jetstream

Have a look at this animation :http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?acti ... tream;sess If that forecast is correct, we're in for a lot of windy wet weather in the next week or two :(
by Davie Crockett
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I use a Spinning Wheel?
Replies: 10
Views: 3821

Re: How do I use a Spinning Wheel?

Loads of video footage here...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTrAVk2q ... re=related

Do you have carding paddles?
by Davie Crockett
Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do i make my own energy drink?
Replies: 7
Views: 2225

Re: How do i make my own energy drink?

Most energy drinks are Isotonic, (in laymans terms they are the same tension as blood) for example water is hypotonic (Thinner), Treacle is hypertonic (Thicker). I'm sure MKG can give a specific answer in respect of the chemistry. Fluids are absorbed better if they are Isotonic because it's easier f...
by Davie Crockett
Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: anyone got a horseradish sauce recipe please?
Replies: 3
Views: 944

Re: anyone got a horseradish sauce recipe please?

Here's one I use: http://pickyourown.org/horseradishsauce.htm but I find that the jars don't last much more than a couple of months as it says on the bottom of the recipe.