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by Odsox
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rhubarb in Spain
Replies: 11
Views: 4264

Re: Rhubarb in Spain

I'm not sure that rhubarb would grow at all well in containers.
I had to dig some established plants out earlier this year and their main tap roots were at least six feet long.
That would have to be some container.
by Odsox
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is it me?
Replies: 19
Views: 1765

Re: Is it me?

I'm not too sure about the soil having a bearing on taste either Milly, but your adopted countrymen make great claims about their soil when it comes to wine, so maybe there is after all. Regarding your chips Annpan, it's still a bit early for newly dug potatoes to make nice chips or roast. Rule of t...
by Odsox
Sun Aug 03, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Poorly chickens but I don't know what
Replies: 15
Views: 3039

Re: Poorly chickens but I don't know what

It depends a bit on how old your chicken are and how long they have been laying. Apart from being a bit early it sounds like they are moulting. That usually happens in the autumn when the daylight gets shorter, but if they have been laying eggs for a long time, they do moult earlier. If I'm right, i...
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:32 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is it me?
Replies: 19
Views: 1765

Re: Is it me?

Yes, I agree especially about the beetroot. You should screw the tops off, not cut, and gently scrub the dirt off, then boil or steam in their skins. The idea is not to damage the skin or the colour and the flavour will leak out into the water. All the other veggies are probably down to the variety,...
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Flageolet beans
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Flageolet beans

Thanks all. I think I will steam them for about 10 mins and see what they are like.
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Flageolet beans
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Re: Flageolet beans

Yes, but that is just what I mean.
Those cooking instructions are for DRY beans and I'm looking for FRESH beans.
I will probably treat them like broad beans or peas, but I just hoping that someone had actually cooked them before.
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Flageolet beans
Replies: 6
Views: 1723

Flageolet beans

Does anyone know how to cook fresh flageolet beans ? I loved tinned flageolets when I lived in France and now I have a glut of "gone over" climbing french beans. I still have a big jar of dried beans from last year so I thought I would try the shelled beans fresh. But all the references I can find f...
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Variety is everything.
Replies: 11
Views: 2236

Re: Variety is everything.

No, I don't think it would work with my errant apple tree. It's not that it's not fruiting ... it's just not growing ! All the other trees have quadrupled in size in 3 years but this one is still about the same size as when I planted it. Chopping through roots I fear would make matters worse. No, it...
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How do you sprout yours?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How do you sprout yours?

No need to remove the muslin, that's the beauty of it.... the water goes through it and then strains it on it's way out.
No mung beans down the drain.
by Odsox
Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How do you sprout yours?
Replies: 11
Views: 976

Re: How do you sprout yours?

I agree, a large glass jar is all you need. An old sweet jar works well ... cover the top with muslin and an elastic band, and put it in the airing cupboard. Don't forget to rinse a couple of times a day and that's it, easy as falling off a log. If you sprout them in daylight they will go green and ...
by Odsox
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnel/greenhouse advice
Replies: 7
Views: 1613

Re: Polytunnel/greenhouse advice

Can't really recommend a polytunnel company I'm afraid, but I can recommend that you take a good look at the doors on the ones being offered. Some have small single doors and some have double doors ... go for the double doored ones or you have trouble even getting a wheelbarrow inside. And I would r...
by Odsox
Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wood burner for old pallets?
Replies: 9
Views: 7194

Re: Wood burner for old pallets?

IMO there are good stoves and cheap stoves Yes, I would agree with Ann on this too. I am paying the cost of being a cheapskate this week. I bought a "cheap" woodburner on a well known auction site and although I got what was described it is totally uncontrollable as the draught is 'controlled' with...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 30, 2008 8:40 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What to plant
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: What to plant

One thing I've had great success in shallow containers is round carrots. The variety name is 'Parmex' and it makes small globe shaped carrots about an inch in diameter and they taste great too. Also you can grow them close spaced as they don't twine together like normal carrots If we have a warm aut...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Manure league table
Replies: 8
Views: 3331

Re: Manure league table

I was always told that horse manure is best. Cow manure is all I have ever spread on the garden Sheep manure was always used for making liquid manure ... fill a sack and suspend in a tank of water. Home made compost has variable fertilizer value but always make good soil conditioner (depends what yo...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:21 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South birmingham !
Replies: 5
Views: 465

Re: Hello from South birmingham !

Greetings and welcome to the forum