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by Odsox
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 2
Views: 39

Seed saving

I'm going to be saving more seed this year, not because of the present "problem" but because I've been getting duff seed that I've been paying good money for. I have been saving the easy to collect seed for years from; peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, sweetcorn, courgettes and squash, and ...
by Odsox
Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 44
Views: 1197

Re: Self Isolation

Enforced self isolation here now since midnight.
Only allowed out for food shopping, and apparently I have got to be "cocooned" although I don't quite know what that entails. Presumably wrapped up in something until I become an adult, or mummified. :lol:
We certainly do live in interesting times.
by Odsox
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Experimentalish
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Experimentalish

Also very much experimental this year is my heated greenhouse. I removed the house oil fired central heating several years ago, but still had about half a tank of kerosene. So I bought a thermostatically controlled paraffin heater to see how well it would heat my lean-to greenhouse. I well remember ...
by Odsox
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Experimentalish
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Experimentalish

Not exactly new, but a new layout for me, and still very much experimental. I rearranged my hydroponics system and have just about finished it, although still some tidying up to do. My three pipes have now been reunited and it remains to be seen how well they produce and how convenient it is for me....
by Odsox
Fri Mar 20, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Experimentalish
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Experimentalish

Question is - did the peas die due to a lack of pollinating insects? Peas and French beans don't need pollinating Flo. By growing crops under cover I now know which need pollinating and which ones don't, as it becomes blindingly obvious. :iconbiggrin: Broad beans and runner beans do need pollinatin...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 44
Views: 1197

Re: Self Isolation

Someone in the hairdressers today said that if all the over 70s self isolate, what happens when they all reappear and the virus is still about? Another sudden rise in cases and deaths? It's a thought. I can see how this could happen if those self isolating people give up too early, but there is als...
by Odsox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 71
Views: 23168

Re: What are you harvesting now?

My heated greenhouse is beginning to pay off.
First small cook of French beans for St Patrick's day dinner tonight, together with the last of the overwintering new potatoes from the tunnel.
This variety is Speedy and it is quite fast, they were sown 10 weeks ago.
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by Odsox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 71
Views: 23168

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Weedo wrote:
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:13 pm
You really know how the burst a bubble don't you Odsox - I thought I was onto something new - life is full of dissapointment.
Sorry about that Weedo, but as they say, there is nothing new under the sun. :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Tue Mar 17, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 44
Views: 1197

Self Isolation

Today is the first day of self isolating, we have both decided it would be prudent to do so. I am most definitely in the "at risk" group as I'm over 70, diabetic, have an auto immune problem and high blood pressure, none of which causes me any problem at all, normally. Thankfully all that really mea...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 15, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 8721

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

That's one of the disadvantages of town living, Flo. It looks like we will have to self isolate as well, only for me it would be pretty much "business as usual" as I can self isolate on my own land, so garden, greenhouses and polytunnels (and radio shack) are all within my boundary. I am also lucky ...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Emptying the supermarket shelves
Replies: 48
Views: 3366

Re: Emptying the supermarket shelves

Many will not remember (perhaps with the exception of Flo) the measels epidemics, the rampaging diptheria, the Whooping cough pandemics, the decades long, nationwide tuberculosis campaigns and the sporadic polio outbreaks. Ah yes, I remember all of those. But more interestingly it was encouraged to...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 71
Views: 23168

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Weedo wrote:
Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:49 pm
I have found a way to stimulate strawberries for a second crop
That used to be common practice years ago when strawberries were grown in fields. The foliage was mown off when picking was finished for an autumn crop.
Now it's perpetual fruiting varieties that fulfil that better.
by Odsox
Sun Mar 08, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 8
Views: 3223

Re: Pineapples

How exciting! How did you start them off? I tried that once, but everything got mouldy... Ah now, that's a secret ... even to me :lol: What I did is what everyone tells you on the Internet, slice off the top, allow the flesh to dry a bit, plant in a pot. Did that and nothing happened for months. Go...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 08, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 8
Views: 3223

Pineapples

I got a surprise this morning, I just spotted my 2 pineapples are about to flower! How I didn't notice them earlier, I can only surmise that they grow quickly once they make up their minds. Plus I wasn't expecting flowers for another year, as these were only potted up in November 2018. So now I have...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 05, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 71
Views: 23168

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Thanks for the suggestions.
I assume all of those are for fresh turmeric. I did wonder about drying some and putting it through my coffee grinder.
Mind you, I have yet to harvest it, so I have no idea how much I will get off 4 plants.
When I get a spare few minutes I'll find out.