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by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: garlic
Replies: 38
Views: 3781

Re: garlic

You can leave it in the ground for as long as you like, no harm will come to it (for a few months anyway)
Start using it and enjoy the unique taste of wet garlic.
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost
Replies: 6
Views: 1558

Re: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost

Off the top of my head :scratch: I would have said that home made compost would be naturally acid, unless you add eggshells or similar.
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Giving veg away.
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Re: Giving veg away.

The problem is she's passing on this phobia to her kids .....
by Odsox
Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?
Replies: 22
Views: 3936

Re: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?

Thanks for that Enigma.
I have never owned a laptop but had a sneaky suspicion that they ran on 18 volts or something strange.
It weird as most of the parts in an ordinary PC are either 12 volts or 5 volts, so why it's higher for a portable device escapes me at the moment. :scratch:
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: house wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 2064

Re: house wish list

marshlander wrote:A big, north facing, pantry would be on my wish list.


Yeah, I can vouch for one of those.
This house had a north facing coal store that I converted into a pantry/larder. I don't know how we could live without it, it's only small (abt 8' x 3') but it is always 10 degrees cooler in there.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?
Replies: 22
Views: 3936

Re: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?

Can anyone tell me if you can run laptops from 12v DC or do they need an inverter ?
I have 3 PCs, sometimes all running at the same time and they use quite a bit of mains power.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: house wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 2064

Re: house wish list

Aga/ Rayburn – to run central heating and to cook on


I don't suppose I need to state the obvious and NOT get an oil fired one.
Also get a Rayburn or Waterford Stanley, Aga is snobs and you pay a lot extra for the name.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Broad beans, pods and all.
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: Broad beans, pods and all.

If you have plenty of seed Colours you can sprout them in a jar on the windowsill and eat the young shoots like Mung Beansprouts.
You can also do it with pea sprouts, very useful in mid-winter.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Homemade butter

Putting salt in first is OK if you are sure of the butterfat content of your cream, early summer cream is totally different to mid-winter cream. Putting the salt in after churning you can add the wanted amount per ounce of butter. That probably only applies if you have your own cow or get milk from ...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:25 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: garlic
Replies: 38
Views: 3781

Re: garlic

About now is the time to harvest garlic ... when the tops go yellow and fall over. I absolutely love "wet" garlic, the fresh cloves straight out of the garden still a bit green. Try making a white sauce with a whole head of garlic and pour it over new potatoes. It's a totally different tas...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are flowering they won't keep, but are still perfectly OK for cooking. Just nip the flowering spike off and leave till you need that next onion. I would also leave the foliage of the other ones on the ground, they are probably not broken just bent over and will keep on growing for another co...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 10:25 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: As it's a wet day ....
Replies: 11
Views: 757

As it's a wet day ....

As it's a thoroughly wet day and I have already made about 15 posts, I thought I ought to get around to introducing myself. So, hello all. I was born many years ago on a very rural Kentish smallholding, so I was living the 'Good Life' long before the BBC invented the name, and have been more or less...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:08 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Font problem with this updated site ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1206

Font problem with this updated site ?

Hi. Am I the only one to notice a problem with some font characters not showing correctly ? Some non-letter characters are being shown just plain wrong. Inverted commas and the pound sign are 2 that I noticed and I'm pretty sure it has only happened since the site upgrade. I posted an article a coup...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Onions and wind damage

If they are overwintered onions (autumn sown) then they are just about to ripen anyway and would have fallen over all by themselves. It's usual to loosen them a bit ... sort of half pull them up, to break a few of the roots so that they complete the ripening process. They keep better if they are ful...
by Odsox
Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:30 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: quick question
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: quick question

Yes I have and I can highly recommend it.
Rhubarb and orange is very nice as is rhubarb and ginger but just plain old rhubarb jam on toast for breakfast is as good as any marmalade.

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