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by Green Aura
Sat Jan 16, 2021 10:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Growing in 2021

I remember, many, many moons ago, working with a nurse who was going home to Ireland to see her family. She was planning on taking her sister some condoms (illegal in Ireland at the time) and we had a long chat about how many she thought she could sneak through in her luggage. Who'd have thought, 40...
by Green Aura
Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Growing in 2021

We grew all our spuds in tubs last year - not a mammoth crop but enough for our, limited needs, and some currently chitting for this years crop.

I'm very pleased to announce our first chilli seedling of the season is through, very quick - we only sowed them last Sunday. A Serrano - good all rounder.
by Green Aura
Tue Jan 12, 2021 8:22 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Growing in 2021

I really thought I would have had no problem growing lettuces, last summer. They were in the shade and in the North Scottish Highlands we don't get that much heat! They obviously thought differently as, along with the radishes, which put on very little root, they bolted quite quickly. However, I dis...
by Green Aura
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 21
Views: 1588

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

We've even managed a little snow up here. A fairly rare event, thankfully.

The gal's gone, starts her placement next week. We've just discovered we've got Covid in our village, so won't be venturing out for any reason.

Testing times, folks, try and stay safe.
by Green Aura
Sat Jan 02, 2021 9:34 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 977

Re: Growing in 2021

We've not got round to the tomatoes yet. Helping the gal pack and move have taken over for the moment. So next weekend it'll be then.
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What's a Self Sufficient Christmas
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: What's a Self Sufficient Christmas

What I consider an Ish Christmas and what we're doing are very different this year I'm afraid. Even though we're not big on Christmas, generally, it all seems a bit flat this year. Under more normal circumstances I would have grown more and made more. I've knitted the gal a blanket (she's moving in ...
by Green Aura
Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 16
Views: 2786

Re: Got the Signoff...

It's probably scuppered many peoples' plans, Viper. Sounds like you're thinking things through and erring on the side of caution until all becomes clearer - whenever that is. :dontknow: Never a bad idea.

I hope all goes well for you. Indeed, for us all!
by Green Aura
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: Brexit

It is, indeed, very nice compost - and at least we've got enough to last a while, as well continuing to make our own. As for best of a bad bunch, I think it was the only option - even then the courier mucked us about (pun intended) as he'd misread the order as 5 bags (probably cheaper to refund than...
by Green Aura
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Using recycled plastic

Cellophane's compostable - made from cellulose.
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 3987

Re: Brexit

At the start of lockdown we'd just bought the greenhouse and were nearly ready to pot on the tomatoes. We had no means of buying any compost locally so got a ton (literally) online. OH didn't inform me until after it arrived that it was peat-based, from Ireland. I was a bit cross! Fortunately we had...
by Green Aura
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Using recycled plastic

In our bakery we sold bags of biscuits, made of cellophane. They kept fresh for ages. No need for plastic.
by Green Aura
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 818

Re: Using recycled plastic

I have one recycled plastic raised bed - one of these special offers from a gardening magazine. I think otherwise they're quite expensive. I agree though that they're robust and we've had this one pretty much as long as we've been up here, it's been moved a few times and doesn't seem any the worse f...
by Green Aura
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 21
Views: 1588

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Try having a look on Ebay, ina, they'll show you if it's available in Germany. It's amazing what you can find.
by Green Aura
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 21
Views: 1588

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

I agree, next year is going to be interesting! (The mother of all understatements). I have to admit to struggling to keep politics out of it but I'll try. :lol: One thing I found this year is the price of secondhand clothes, on Ebay, rose dramatically. I'm guessing there were a few reasons - people ...
by Green Aura
Fri Dec 11, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Blackberry in pot
Replies: 4
Views: 1124

Re: Blackberry in pot

I think blackberries take quite a while to establish, ours was at least two years before it even put on much growth, never mind fruiting. This year we were picking right up to the end of November, so it may be a bit stunted by the pot but will probably catch up. If you decide to plant it out make su...