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by IrishAbroad
Thu Jun 30, 2005 5:36 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: bees
Replies: 26
Views: 11901

Cheers Andy - I'll give it a go and set my spam filter too
by IrishAbroad
Thu Jun 30, 2005 3:07 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Elder Leaf Insecticide
Replies: 6
Views: 3354

Elder Leaf Insecticide

Just found this and thought it would be of interest to the more ECOites out there. Target insects:Aphids, carrot root fly, cucumber beetles, peach tree borers, and root maggots. It is particularly effective against midges. Elder leaves also have fungicidal properties and may be useful against mildew...
by IrishAbroad
Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:27 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: bees
Replies: 26
Views: 11901

Anyone know any good website for beekeeping. All the ones I've found just sell books or equipment. I just want advice on how to start, what I need, etc etc For example, this year we have a large hive of honey bees squatting in our chimney. Can I relocate them before winter when we'll need to use the...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:54 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Drying Fruit etc
Replies: 15
Views: 8152

We have plenty of sun where I live for drying fruit etc. but mushroon season is colder and a little bit moist. So I tried a few ways of drying them but the 2 most effective were layered in a tomato box between newspaper and put in the airing cupboard or simply threading them on a string and hanging ...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 4:35 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4837

It is "Les larves du hanneton européen" or "Les vers blancs" - apparently my problem is not "les vers blancs" as I was told by my neighbour. I know EcoMarche do a powder to kill them - just look for something for Vers Blancs. Apparently the eggs can stay in the soil for years waiting for a juicy ...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello there!
Replies: 9
Views: 3424

Oops, wrong thread :oops:
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello there!
Replies: 9
Views: 3424

It is "Les larves du hanneton européen" or "Les vers blancs" - apparently my problem is not "les vers blancs" as I was told by my neighbour.
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 12:02 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4837

The cabbages not seem to be as badly affected :? and my Chinese Leaves seem to be immune to everything including my other big problem - caterpillars. Not much I can do about the caterpillars except pick them off. I'm trying a remedy for the maggot from my neighbour. Vinegar! It's supposed to kill th...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:08 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would you buy?
Replies: 40
Views: 14628

Oh, and if you need any help let me know!!
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 11:07 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Would you buy?
Replies: 40
Views: 14628

Definately a good idea. The public in general need to be reeducated. We have become a supermarket society. In the UK it's unusual to grow your own. But when I moved to France I found it was unusual not to. People should stop paving decking their gardens at put (at least part) of then to some use oth...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:39 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Google your name
Replies: 11
Views: 4932

Similar thing happens when you put in one of my names. I'll explain - full name is Martin Zane Drew Montgomery - Martin Montgomery = normal name and Zane Drew for my Paintings (don't ask why - it just seemed a good idea at the time!!) So when I put in Zane Drew I get a lot of Zane drew his gun etc. ...
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 10:02 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Basil experiment
Replies: 23
Views: 10630

This year I rolled 50% of my tomato seeds in rooting hormone before planting to see what would happen. The plants are nearly double the size of the others. I'd love to dig one up to look at the roots but they're cover in flowers now.
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello there!
Replies: 9
Views: 3424

Hi Steve - let us know how the chickens pan out. Are you aiming for eggs or meat (or both). I've had mine 2 years now and have starting swapping eggs as they just keep laying. Gonna try incubating a few soon.
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Bonjour
Replies: 12
Views: 4837

After loads of research on the Web (about 30 seconds on Google) I believe my problem is Cabbage Root Maggot which are partial to radish :cry:

Anyone any good tips for blasting the little sh*ts. Perhaps that's why my Lollo Rosso have been about 10cm for the last 2 months.
by IrishAbroad
Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:54 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Tip for Malting Barley
Replies: 0
Views: 2172

Tip for Malting Barley

I noticed that people have been asking how to malt barley. I played about for a while until I found a fool proof way. Here goes... Freeze your barley first (about 12 hours in a freezer or 24 hours under some snow) This helps "trigger" the barley. Now the trick. Soak a handful for 12 to 24 hours in w...