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by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 103471

Oooooooops - ran out of compost on allotment for planting out and pot filling - had used all the ready made on site stuff :oops: So I had to get a delivery. Pot filling? Well not all the allotment soil is fit to use at moment (think stony clay) so am growing stuff in tubs on planks and the spent com...
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wasted food
Replies: 48
Views: 7906

Poverty is a great cure for waste. Obviously we live in a country where a lot of people have too much money? :?

Nothing gets to its best before date here anyway. Haven't the cash to spare for that sort of thing.
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wild bee decline 'catastrophic'
Replies: 36
Views: 6052

I'm still getting the allotment into shape for wildlife such as bees. We are bird friendly but the flowering plants are few and far between at the moment. Sage, lavender and rosemary are all in place and second year with apples, crab apple, pear and plum new this year. I'm getting flowering plants i...
by Flo
Mon May 05, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: We have an allotment!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 1848

Ah the first year can be a slog getting things just so. I'm a year and two months in and am glad to have stuck out the first year and managed to get it all bottomed in the winter. To all you newbies, good luck and good gardening weather, may you have good crops, green fingers and no pests. :thumbrig...
by Flo
Mon May 05, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 103471

I bought a plant on Saturday but as it's a herb for spicing up food, I count it as not new but something to eat. Is that ok? I plan to buy something on Tuesday - a wotsit for the daughter to hang her necklaces on but it is in the charity shop window so it isn't new and she has wanted one for a bit. ...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: To be properly green, you will tie women to the house
Replies: 63
Views: 14014

Hamster got the discussion into context then. It's nice to see people choosing to stay at home in order to run the family and house. And no you should not have to justify the decision you have made. When I first posted, the thought at the back of my mind was that two generations of women in my famil...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: How to shop without buying anything
Replies: 34
Views: 6905

You miserable people not liking shopping. I love shopping. BUT I only go shopping when I have decided that I just must have something. Makes all the difference. I know what I want and how much I can afford to pay for it. And if it is sitting in the charity shop that's fine - if comes up on freecycle...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: To be properly green, you will tie women to the house
Replies: 63
Views: 14014

To be properly green, you will tie women to the house

As a child I lived the very green life in the 50s and 60s. We had no dustbin collection as we lived in the middle of nowhere on a farm with not a community tip within 100 miles. Consequently we had to deal with all our own rubbish. The only thing that we could not reuse or recycle was the tin can. W...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The problem with carrier bags
Replies: 34
Views: 13415

Trouble is that paper carrier bags cost considerably more than plastic bags for shops. Also they disintegrate in the rain. :cry:

As most of the world couldn't give a toss about waste or the environment it seems, plastic bags rule ok for 90% of the consuming world :roll:
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 103471

I mentally joined this idea last Sunday as it seemed to be a good day - the start of a week. I set down the rules for buying as being food, cleaning items, shoes because I have very wide and deep feet with the proviso that I can only replace two pairs this year at the most (come on I do work on the ...
by Flo
Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Blueberries=HELP!, Please
Replies: 14
Views: 3118

We are trying to grow blueberries. Apparently they like it a bit sunny and you need two bushes at least for fertilisation. As our soil is neutral we bought two large (56 litre) bags of ericaeous (suitable for heathers) compost from the garden centre and filled a very large hole with one bag before p...
by Flo
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:59 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: New raised flower/veggie beds.
Replies: 1
Views: 807

I rebuilt a raised bed using well rotted horse manure, a good layer of compost from the heap and topped off potting compost for some strawberries last September. I transplanted them there after the bed had settled. All I can say is that they look very well and happy this year. I'd say that if you ar...
by Flo
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:51 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Would you plant out seedlings now?
Replies: 37
Views: 5527

We had a lovely week last week and it even started to dry - shame someone has restarted the rain. There are some seeds planted straight into the ground (lettuce, beetroot, nasturtiums) and carrots, parsnips, radish, spring onions, rocket, coriander in pots where they are to grow as well as sweet pea...
by Flo
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Book: Wartime Weekend Gardener
Replies: 1
Views: 886

Don't know about the book but here is an interesting and relevant website http://www.earthlypursuits.com/AllotGui ... tGuide.htm - is this the online version of what you are looking for?

Allowing for weather changes, that website is fascinating reading and a good basic guide for many things.
by Flo
Fri Apr 25, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Input Needed!! New Patch Of Land...WhooHoo!
Replies: 5
Views: 1637

If you can't lay hands on manure immediately you could plant a green manure which could be turned in later as a soil improver. I had one half of an allotment that I couldn't get to last year due to work and weather so it spent summer under buckwheat (bring on the local pigeons mind - they love it) a...