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by Odsox
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 15
Views: 2057

Re: Seed saving

I have just discovered a disadvantage of saving seed. I harvested my onions yesterday and realised that I have 2 distinctly different varieties, the golden brown skinned of the original and about 20% white skinned ones. Apart from the outer skin colour they are still identical, but one flower that I...
by Odsox
Wed Jun 24, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 38
Views: 18961

Re: For saving money around the house!

For some unfathomable reason our shopping bill has gone way down. Since we self isolated on the 16th of March, our granddaughter has done our shopping and (of course) just bought the stuff on the list. But our weekly bill has at least halved, but we are still eating and drinking exactly the same as ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Change of Lifestyle
Replies: 12
Views: 1006

Re: Change of Lifestyle

I am definitely making a point of saving as much seed as I can. Looking through the various seed company's online sites, just about all varieties are sold out. I have no idea if the commercial growers who supply seed are working as normal during lock down, but new seed might be in short supply next ...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: Apples

When they are properly ripe, James Grieve apples have a soft texture and Elstar are crisp.
by Odsox
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Growing runner beans

Yes, so do I (sort of). Brassicas I definitely don't grow in the same place until at least 3 years are up. Tomatoes on the other hand are grown every year in the same soil in my small greenhouse now for about 15 years, with no adverse effects. Also runner beans, I have grown them for some years in t...
by Odsox
Sun Jun 07, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Growing runner beans

Up here we have enough trouble where my allotments are with a squadron of sparrows (so need to net) without tempting the mice and voles to eat before the peas even sprout. The "olde fashioned" non-eco way of stopping that Flo, is to wash the pea seed in paraffin as you sow them. I used to do that e...
by Odsox
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Growing runner beans

Thanks. If I soak Kelvedon peas in water overnight, will that help or hinder germination It will help, especially if the soil is dry. Don't soak for more than overnight though as they might start to rot. Also yes, you can sow runner beans in June for a later crop, although you have to take a chance...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Probably a little late for rationing but...
Replies: 10
Views: 1083

Re: Probably a little late for rationing but...

We were all supposed to be skinny with the rationing in the war. Perhaps it was going from shop to shop buying things rather than ordering it all on line wot did it. It's too easy to get everything nowadays at the click of a button. Not in my case Flo, we had a butcher and a general grocer deliver ...
by Odsox
Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 87
Views: 39197

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Harvested a few but the majority of my overwintered onions will soon be ready. Very pleased with these as they are from seed I saved last year, the first time I've ever saved onion seed for re-sowing. I'm also pleased that out of the 63 onions in the 2 rows only 1 is going to flower, so I can save s...
by Odsox
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How Do I use this section
Replies: 12
Views: 11843

Re: How Do I use this section

You're not wrong GA.
Weedo, provided you can still log in, click the drop down on your name on the top right hand of any page, and take it from there.
If you can't get in for some reason, email me (ei8jk(at)topmail.ie) and we will sort it for you.
by Odsox
Tue May 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 8
Views: 902

Re: First test for new greenhouse

Jolly good, I'm glad it survived intact. :cheers: All OK here too, just one apple tree has scorched leaves on the windward side. Oh, and our front house windows were opaque with a coating of salt. But the windows are now clean as our Monday (not a bank holiday) weather was gentle soft rain all day w...
by Odsox
Fri May 22, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 8
Views: 902

Re: First test for new greenhouse

Well it was pretty windy down here last night, and still is, and supposed to be like this for another 24 hours.
But, so far everything has survived, including all my aerials.
Very nice looking greenhouse, I really hope it still looks like that tomorrow.

Are those tomatoes inside?
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 17
Views: 7501

Re: Pineapples

Yes I know that, but that's after they've been cut and transported halfway around the world.
OK, I'll rephrase the question; how do pineapple growers know when their crop is ready to harvest? :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 686

Re: Growing runner beans

No it won't harm the bean plants but it will make them sprout side shoots, so be prepared for that.
You can even make them grow like dwarf beans by continuing to take out the growing shoots above the flower trusses, but as you pointed out you will get fewer and shorter pods.
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 17
Views: 7501

Re: Pineapples

Well I think my pineapple fruits will be a bit on the miniature side, which is not really surprising as they are still in tiny squat 6" pots. If the fruit tastes good, and if they grow offsets when I have harvested them, I might have another go with decent sized pots. I presume I will know they are ...