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by mattphillips78
Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing Oats
Replies: 1
Views: 576

Growing Oats

Hi! Thank you all for your kind advice on grwoing grains - does anyone know when i should plant out oats - I'm guessing this will be late winter? This is going to be my experimental crop, to try and grow and eat our own grown oats - i bought a kilo of hulless bird seed oats, which i know has worked ...
by mattphillips78
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Ancient/Long Forgotten Crops/Flowers
Replies: 13
Views: 1693

Ancient/Long Forgotten Crops/Flowers

Hi! I wanted to ask you all for ideas of reintroducing old crops and flowers that were traditionally cultivated here but are no longer around - I have a real interest in this area and want to reintroduce these native or traditional crops/flowers into our smallholding. Thank you for your help in adva...
by mattphillips78
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Spelt
Replies: 1
Views: 603

Spelt

Hi fellow smallholders!

Does anyone know where I can find spelt seeds from a UK, perferably organic, but not necessary, supplier?

Thank you for your help in advance,

Matthew
by mattphillips78
Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Preserving peas and mange tout as seeds for next year?
Replies: 2
Views: 1278

Re: Preserving peas and mange tout as seeds for next year?

Hi! Thank you very much for your great tips here - i now have the joy of shelling them at some point, he he! It is so exciting saving enough peas to grow from your own selected d seed next year - this is our first year at the allotment and we can see how this is just going to snowball! Thanks again,...
by mattphillips78
Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Preserving peas and mange tout as seeds for next year?
Replies: 2
Views: 1278

Preserving peas and mange tout as seeds for next year?

Hi everyone,

I was wondering how I can save some peas and mange tout to use as seeds next year. Do I have to dry them first and also is just leaving them on a plate OK to dry them - i'd like to avoid using the oven if poss.

thanks,

Matthew
by mattphillips78
Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:46 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Preserving Herbs
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Preserving Herbs

Hi, thank you for your great replies - I will use these to keep our herbs all year round, they have gone mad at the allotment, only ever grown them in pots before!

thanks again, matthew
by mattphillips78
Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:13 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Bottling Nettle Ale
Replies: 1
Views: 983

Bottling Nettle Ale

hi everyone! i have been making my own nettle ale from nettles at the allotment - but i am having problems with bottling as used lemonade bottles from m and s , but one of them exploded recently and have lost a bit of confidence in storage. this time i am using empty lorina swingtop bottles from the...
by mattphillips78
Tue Jun 09, 2009 3:02 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I loose my beer belly
Replies: 31
Views: 6617

Re: How do I loose my beer belly

Hi Andy, My best tip is to ensure you eat at regular intervals of small portions, containing mainly wholesome complex carbohydrates, such as oats, brown bread etc. You should be looking at 6 small meals rather than 3 main meals. This will increase you metabolism, which is your furnace, when you are ...
by mattphillips78
Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:55 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Can you freeze spinach and salad?
Replies: 2
Views: 659

Can you freeze spinach and salad?

Hi Everyone,

I was wondering if you can freeze spinach and other salads? I have a lot of spinach at home and don't want it to go to waste. My gut feeling is it wouldn't be great after thawing. Has anyone tried this or any tips?

Thank you for your help in advance,

Matthew Phillips
by mattphillips78
Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Preserving Herbs
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Preserving Herbs

Hi Everyone,

I have lots of parsley growing this year, as well as mint, thyme etc. I have so much that i would like to be able to keep some back for the rest of the year. Can you dry these herbs and how do you normally do it?

Thank you for your help in advance,

Matthew Phillips
by mattphillips78
Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Preserving Herbs
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Preserving Herbs

Hi Everyone,

I have lots of parsley growing this year, as well as mint, thyme etc. I have so much that i would like to be able to keep some back for the rest of the year. Can you dry these herbs and how do you normally do it?

Thank you for your help in advance,

Matthew Phillips
by mattphillips78
Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Spelt and Other Grains
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: Growing Spelt and Other Grains

hi!

thanks a lot for the info, we have an area of the allotment that is spare and i fancy having a go at growing spelt and milling it and making a loaf from it - will be a good challenge.

thanks again,

Matthew Phillips
by mattphillips78
Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I Treat My Apple Tree?
Replies: 2
Views: 1080

How do I Treat My Apple Tree?

Hi, We cleared our alloment site last year and managed to save 2 large apple trees and opened them up from their bramble prison. Last year we had more apples than we knew what to do with. We were excited about how they now have pride of place that we will get larger and more apples. However, all the...
by mattphillips78
Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Poorly Apple Tree
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Poorly Apple Tree

Hi, We cleared our alloment site last year and managed to save 2 large apple trees and opened them up from their bramble prison. Last year we had more apples than we knew what to do with. We were excited about how they now have pride of place that we will get larger and more apples. However, all the...
by mattphillips78
Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:00 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind Energy
Replies: 4
Views: 1607

Wind Energy

Hi, i have an allotment which is really windy and exposed, and there is usually at least a strong breeze there. i'm looking for ways to harness this energy, just at the level of being able to charge our mobile phones, ipods etc. Has anyone any ideas how I can achieve this and the best products to go...