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by Odsox
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: New season veg
Replies: 7
Views: 719

New season veg

Easter Sunday dinner and the first of the new season vegetables.
New potatoes just big enough to be called potatoes and a Spring cabbage.
Not that it's spring weather, it's been lashing down all day.
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by Odsox
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2183

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Oh dear, I don't remember that being forecast when I saw the UK weather man after the 10 o'clock news last night. Although if it only happened in the north highlands it probably wasn't worth mentioning by the London based BBC New Zealand weather company. We get that down here, if it's not going to a...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hops
Replies: 8
Views: 824

Re: Hops

I remember when I lived in Scotland that there was reputed to be an old settlement site at the bottom end of Loch Lomond that had hops. As I grew up involved in hops I just HAD to go and find them, and sure enough they do grow (and ripen) in Dunbartonshire, at 56 degrees north. I grow them here pure...
by Odsox
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:23 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Blackcurrants
Replies: 1
Views: 530

Re: Blackcurrants

I seem to remember that it has something to do with black currants harbouring a pest or disease that affects their trees, but as I can't remember anything past yesterday I could be wrong. :scratch:
by Odsox
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:19 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sweetcorn
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Sweetcorn

Not all sweetcorn is F1, I grow Little Bantam which is an open pollinated heritage variety which is far less sweet than the modern varieties. The seed lasts at least 3 years, but it's dead easy to do a germination test for yourself. Put 10 seeds on a damp tissue in a sealed container in your airing ...
by Odsox
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Easter
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Re: Easter

Green Aura wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:28 pm
I don't suppose they'll save
Not a chance :iconbiggrin:
These are sugar free(ish) and will be polished off by Easter Monday.
by Odsox
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Easter
Replies: 4
Views: 666

Easter

As Easter is getting close here's a batch of Hot Cross buns, fresh out of the oven.
No crosses though as I'm an atheist.
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by Odsox
Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Uzbekistan
Replies: 1
Views: 495

Uzbekistan

Now there's a good idea.
Imagine what would happen if western European countries proposed this, especially the UK.

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from ... e-43540551
by Odsox
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Fragrant geranium
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Fragrant geranium

Now is the absolute best time to take soft wood cuttings, as spring is the time when they really want to grow. By all means put them in water, but they will take longer to start growing roots. To strike them in compost, push several around the edge of a pot full of compost (they seem to grow better ...
by Odsox
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Fragrant geranium
Replies: 5
Views: 750

Re: Fragrant geranium

It rather depends how old it is. Although I haven't grown scented leaf ones all the standard Regal Pelargoniums that I've grown are not particularly attractive after their first year.
They are easy to regenerate from cuttings though.
by Odsox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2183

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Quite so, in fact down here the recognised time to plant early potatoes is the 1st of March and start harvesting them on the 1st of June.
Certainly didn't happen this year though.
by Odsox
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2183

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Back to spring today :cheers:

The bumble bees have woken up and have found my greenhouse, just as my apricot tree has started blooming.
Saves me getting my tickling stick out today.
by Odsox
Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2183

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Spring has most definitely sprung back down here. I've just been looking at my last year's diary and noted that my Mirabelle started blooming on the 15th of February and although it has fat buds on it there are certainly no flowers out (thank goodness) Also noted that the wild cherry was in bloom on...
by Odsox
Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Anyone growing Satsumas?
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Re: Anyone growing Satsumas?

Would you please specify what exactly temperature they need to grow faster? Not really. It grew in my big unheated greenhouse where winter temperatures dropped to around 3 - 5 degrees C and mid summer temperatures up to 30 C. It had to put up with whatever temperature the other plants needed as the...
by Odsox
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2183

Re: Has Spring sprung?

That's the problem here too Flo.
Up until 2 weeks ago Ireland hadn't had a dry week for 7 months and then it was frosty, so nothing dug ready.
Thank goodness for the greenhouses and tunnels.