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What to do if you get potato blight

September 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

If you grow potatoes, they’ll almost certainly get blight at some point. The first sign is brown spots on the leaves, which may have yellow borders. This quickly spreads and withers all the leaves, until the plant looks quite dead. If this happens to you, don’t panic, all is not lost! At least, it probably isn’t. Blight is a fungal infection that attacks the leaves first, but [...]

Foment in the ferments…

September 12, 2014 // 3 Comments

I try not to eat too many carbs – as in not too much bread, rice, pasta, spuds etc and I very rarely eat sweet stuff. Spuds and pasta were never my favourites, so I can take those or leave them (much to my husband’s chagrin) but I love bread and so the one loaf I bake each week has become truly precious. And it has to be sourdough. I’ve always loved sourdough bread. As a young’un I [...]

Homebrew Thoughts from a B-Road

September 10, 2014 // 0 Comments

I often wonder how many people of a certain age – my age, really – can sometimes walk, at about 8.30 am, past a pub with its doors thrown wide open as the cleaners do their stuff, take a deep breath and be immediately transported back to their childhoods. It’s a rare occurrence these days, I suppose, but I used to walk past a pub which had “that” smell every [...]

New design and a fixed forum

August 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hi there Ishers, lurkers and other random viewers from the internet. We have a new design for the main site, all the content is there just a few tweaks for future expansion plans, things are still moving around as the team tie up loose ends and find more things for the sitegeek to fix. Also on the fixed list is The Forum search function, after another server move, a VERY long reindexing the [...]

Elderflower Cordial 2 – Dave Hamilton

June 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

Elderflower Cordial 2 An easy recipe for bulk amounts There are countless recipes for elderflower cordial. Here is one for making bulk amounts taught to me by a Swedish girl. We do have a recipe for making a smaller amount. A spray of elderflower • Place a layer of elder flowers in the bottom of a bucket and cover it with a layer of sugar • Repeat this until the bucket is full (a bag of sugar [...]

Elderflower Cordial, elderflower champagne and elderflower wine – Andy Hamilton

June 1, 2014 // 16 Comments

A spray of elderflower As elderflower season is at its height it seems like a good time to re-post Andy’s recipes for Elderflower cordial, Elderflower Champagne, and Elderflower wine For any problems with elderflower champagne please see Andy’s other site. Elderflower Cordial An easy to make drink that can be frozen in plastic bottles, leaving room for expansion, so it can be enjoyed [...]

Jobs to be done in May

May 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s another very old article I’ve decided to resurrect, some of the links go to the old website and may look a little dated now! The garden in May can be a busy time for the organic grower. A word of warning do think before you plant out those tender vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers; there is still the threat that it will get cold especially in Northern regions. If you do [...]

Growing in Small Spaces part 1 – Dave Hamilton

March 11, 2014 // 10 Comments

Growing in a small space tests even the greenest of fingers. Part of the problem could be the light or lack of it. Another problem with growing in a small space could be the lack of any available soil! I had this problem in a maisonette I once lived in and found the easiest way to cram a lot of plants into a small space is to grow them in pots on weather-proof garden shelves. False Economy [...]

Winter foraging – Dave Hamilton

February 17, 2014 // 6 Comments

Winter foraging may seem a bit of a waste of time, surely nothing grows during the dark, wet days of winter.  It’s true that there is a lot less than at other times of the year but even on the coldest days something can be found, you just might have to look that little bit harder. Unlike other times of year I’ve found it best to keep an open mind about what I might want to pick that day. So, [...]

Growing in Small Spaces 1 – Garden Shelves – Dave Hamilton

October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

The easiest way to cram a lot of plants into a small space is to grow them in pots on weather-proof shelves.  Cheap(ish) plastic garden shelving can now be bought from major retailers. However, in my experience these are a false economy as they only have a limited life span – the plastic doesn’t seem to hold up to extremes in temperature and in time they become brittle and start to [...]
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