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by Odsox
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: German supermarkets in Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 809

German supermarkets in Ireland

It's amazing how little market research they do, Lidl especially. A few years ago they were selling bare rooted fruit trees in late April, probably fine for Germany, but in Ireland all the fruit trees had bloomed and were carrying small fruitlets by then. This week is a classic though, Lidl are sell...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost protection
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Frost protection

I cleared out a closed garden centre a few years ago on the understanding that I could keep whatever I wanted. I did keep loads of stuff and one of them was a quantity of frost protection fleece. I've never used it for that purpose and was never really convinced that it's any good, but I've certainl...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Weather forecast

We had a red one for hurricane Ophelia, which proved to be correct as 2 people lost their lives. Lucky you GA with your tropical temperatures, it has just struggle to reach +0.5 here and will probably start dropping again soon. We did have some pretty snow flurries every now and again which relieved...
by Odsox
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:32 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Weather forecast

For goodness sake, it's -2.5c at the moment, minus two point five!!
That's by far the coldest it's been down here since we moved here in 1994.

Plus there is some mysterious white stuff on the ground.
I think I'll go back to bed until it goes away :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Tue Feb 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Weather forecast

Not too sure what's going to happen here in the far south west.
Storm Emma is due to clobber us on Friday, with either snow turning to rain or snow turning to more snow, depending on who you listen to.
Either way it's not going to be nice.
by Odsox
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Weather forecast

Well I'm pleased that I held off starting my maincrop tomatoes. It looks like this cold weather is going to last for some time, and I would have had to put them in my large heated cloche affair, along with all the other tender stuff, like peppers and aubergines etc. It's quite big, but not that big....
by Odsox
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 17
Views: 7108

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

I would guess it's Brown Turkey, that's the really old European variety ... in fact I think it was the ONLY European variety until fairly recently. I have one and your fruit looks just like mine in colour and size.
by Odsox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: Weather forecast

Yes, I have that problem too. Our own weather forecaster Met Éireann is fairly accurate, but they only do today and tomorrow and I like to have some idea of the week ahead. What is odd on my original post is that you have 2 professional companies giving 2 totally different forecasts for the same pla...
by Odsox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 53
Views: 11407

Re: It's that time of year again ...

As it appears I can't reliably post more than one photo until John fixes it, here is the 2nd photo.

If you look closely you can see a tiny flower truss starting to grow.
Hopefully these are going to be a nice early variety.
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by Odsox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: It's that time of year again ...
Replies: 53
Views: 11407

Re: It's that time of year again ...

Here's a photo of one of those 4 sprouted seeds.
They have been in my unheated potting shed since I moved them out of the propagator when they emerged from the compost.
I'm calling the variety "Caroline" after my daughter who almost certainly bought the original fruit.
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by Odsox
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Weather forecast
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Weather forecast

The weather forecast is quite important to us, especially at this time of year, but which one do you use? I used to use Metcheck but found that they almost always got the temperature wrong, especially overnight lows (too high). I have been using the BBC weather, but since the beginning of the month ...
by Odsox
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread flour question
Replies: 20
Views: 1456

Re: Bread flour question

I think that using the modern, gluten rich varieties of wheat is responsible for at least some of the large numbers of coeliacs that are being diagnosed these days... You could well be right Ina. It possibly doesn't help that "modern young" people are eating larger quantities of bread products, suc...
by Odsox
Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread flour question
Replies: 20
Views: 1456

Re: Bread flour question

if the gas is not trapped then the bread simply does not rise Yes I understand that, but assuming the yeast is still pumping out CO2, where does the gas go? There are no holes in the dough surface to leak it out and no large hole in the middle. I could accept either of those, but I'm still mystifie...
by Odsox
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Forum upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: Forum upgrade

Phew, just got back ... what day is it ?
Did I miss anything ?
Is Brexit still happening ?
Is it summer yet ?
by Odsox
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Forum upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 2300

Re: Forum upgrade

I'm just going to have a look.

I maybe some time ...... :iconbiggrin: