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by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Badger damage
Replies: 2
Views: 782

Re: Badger damage

Can't say I've had this happen to me, but as badgers have very poor eyesight there is no point in trying visual deterrents. But as they have good noses and are close relatives of our domestic dogs, may I suggest something that deters dogs, pepper type powders or strong smelling liquids like Jeys flu...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:59 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Broadband through a mobile phone?
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Re: Broadband through a mobile phone?

You don't actually need a mobile phone to do this. You get a 'dongle' modem that plugs into your USB port and connects via 3G Can't comment on price as I'm sure it's different in the UK, but read the small print as there is usually a download limit and they charge so much a Kb after you exceed that....
by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Can I use honey jars...
Replies: 3
Views: 914

Re: Can I use honey jars...

If they have plastic lids like the ones I get, then yes. Any jar that has a plastic lid is fine, ones with metal lids are not as the vinegar 'eats' the steel. Also as the vinegar preserves the chutney you could even use cling film as a last resort, just to stop it drying out. Or .... if you only hav...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Drying herbs - the blindingly obvious!
Replies: 10
Views: 1252

Re: Drying herbs - the blindingly obvious!

Quite right ... just hang bunches preferably in a draft.

Dare I say it, you can also dry herbs in a microwave :sunny:
by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello fellow mudlarks
Replies: 7
Views: 589

Re: Hello fellow mudlarks

Greetings Felty

The best of luck with your plans, I'm sure you won't regret it.
by Odsox
Wed Jul 23, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: A Big 'Howaya' from Ireland!
Replies: 16
Views: 1875

Re: A Big 'Howaya' from Ireland!

Greetings from West Cork Julie.

I'm sure you won't regret it.
I moved here 14 years ago from Kent and I certainly don't regret one minute.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?
Replies: 42
Views: 16545

Re: Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?

I shouldn't worry too much Zoe
All chicks take a few weeks to get going.
Also of course Bantams and other non hybrid breeds will never grow as fast as the ones talked about in this thread.
16 weeks is old age for a meat pullet, but teen age for a Bantam.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:11 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Sorry But I can't figure this out!
Replies: 2
Views: 1256

Re: Sorry But I can't figure this out!

Go to User Control Panel
Click on 'Profile' on the left panel
Click on 'Edit Signature'

Job done.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 22, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: sharpening seccuteers
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: sharpening seccuteers

It depends a bit on what sort of secateurs you have. If they are the anvil type you have to be careful that you keep the straight edge on the closing (sharp) side. If they are the cross over type it doesn't matter. Either way, you need a small file or thin carborundum stone and rub the sharper blade...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No dig gardening - my experience.
Replies: 14
Views: 1449

Re: No dig gardening - my experience.

I wonder what the 'no dig' idea will be like in 25 years time. I'm showing my age a bit now but ... I remember there was a 'magic' substance you scattered on un-dug soil that made it all crumbly (flocculated) I also remember another 'magic' substance that you sprayed on lawns and hedges that made th...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 22, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Squashed Eggs
Replies: 2
Views: 703

Re: Squashed Eggs

Red is right, you do get some weird and wonderful eggs when they first come into lay. Very often you get eggs with no shell at all, just the inner membrane holding it all together. Just one thought though, what are you feeding them on ? Commercial feed has added calcium for the hens to create the sh...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:40 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: No dig gardening - my experience.
Replies: 14
Views: 1449

Re: No dig gardening - my experience.

Can't say I've ever tried 'no dig' but I must admire your garden ... carpeted garden paths WOW
by Odsox
Mon Jul 21, 2008 12:34 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Costoluto Fiorentino
Replies: 1
Views: 585

Costoluto Fiorentino

Is anybody else growing Costoluto Fiorentino tomatoes this year ? I ask because 3 years ago I grew some outside in the veg garden and apart from the slugs helping themselves to the fruit, I had a huge quantity of beefsteak toms from them. Last year using left over seed I grew some in the polytunnel ...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:39 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fig wine and preserves
Replies: 4
Views: 944

Re: Fig wine and preserves

I get overwhelmed with figs every year and I tried drying them, but they taste awful :pukeright: No idea why, I love dried figs that you buy but mine were nothing like that. I made fig jam too and it tasted exactly like strawberry jam for some reason. So now I sell them to a local restaurant for rid...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 21, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Whats eating my runner bean flowers?
Replies: 10
Views: 3382

Re: Whats eating my runner bean flowers?

Yes, I would agree that earwigs would be the prime suspect ... I really suffer from them. I wish I knew how to control them other than upside down tins filled with hay. That works but doesn't seem to make any impression on their numbers. If it's birds, I think you would see bits of flower scattered ...