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by Green Aura
Mon Jul 15, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: Self sufficient skills List

Oh dear, at least you tried.
by Green Aura
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: Plastic Free July

It's those single use, no possible reuse, plastics such as wrapped your vacuum cleaner that really rile me, not the long term plastic. We've got several of those plastic watering cans, Flo, and at least one of them is nearly as old as our daughter! I try hard to avoid them but have to weigh the envi...
by Green Aura
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: Self sufficient skills List

I had it once, as a child, but I can't remember much about it. So presumably it didn't stick in my mind as something revolting. I think my Dad used a very old recipe (?Mrs Beeton) which, if I remember correctly, starts with "first catch your hare", or something to that effect. Anyway, I've had a lit...
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Horsehair worms
Replies: 1
Views: 318

Re: Horsehair worms

Very interesting, I've never heard of them either. It was obviously brought in by the rain. It does look light enough to be picked up by a fairly mild breeze.
by Green Aura
Tue Jun 25, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Recycling compost?

Cheeky. :lol:
by Green Aura
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Recycling compost?

Do your worst you simply cannot kill tomato seeds. Oh crivens, yes! We've had them sprout in places we couldn't imagine. Having said that, we usually leave them - any additional tomato plants always welcome. It's that other nightshade, the spud, that drives me wild sprouting where they're not wante...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Recycling compost?

Having used it for a season though there should be some living organisms, shouldn't there? I don't know how much it matters. As long as your soil is full of the good stuff I'm sure you can get away with your compost. I'm not sure it would last for ever more. There'll ba a lot less comes out than wen...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 6
Views: 581

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Tomatoes and chillies.

I have, however, made several pots of low carb jam from cheap seasonal fruit.
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: Recycling compost?

Would overwintering outside kill the blight spores? I'm not very knowledgeable about blight. We've never had it! Not even in sunny Manchester. I think we're too far north here. I'm more concerned about what else you'd kill, microwaving it. All the beneficial bacteria etc wouldn't survive either pres...
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 3940

Re: Summer's coming

Not here it hasn't. :(
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Making natural cosmetics book
Replies: 3
Views: 926

Re: Making natural cosmetics book

Good stuff. I've been making my own toiletries for years. I find, over the years, they've got simpler. These days I use oil (coconut/olive), aloe vera and essential oils for pretty much everything!
by Green Aura
Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:25 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 57
Views: 8355

Re: What are you growing right now?

I don't see a problem getting kits, especially if you're new to doing something and want to give it a try. My daughter bought me one a few years back - growing coffee on spent coffee grounds. It was good fun. Unfortunately we haven't had as much success without the kit!
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish in 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 1785

Re: Self sufficientish in 2019

Well, if you can't get out in the garden, winding up the Town Council seems like a fun alternative. :lol:

It doesn't sound like you're winding things down Flo, just finding new things to do - better things by the sound of it.
by Green Aura
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Crop Rotation

I think the Curcubit family have such varied growing conditions, Weedo, it's quite difficult to fit. The big umbrellas, like courgettes, take up a lot of space all round but cucumbers and melons climb and other squash trail. You can happily plant a squash, or pumpkin in your compost heap, as long as...
by Green Aura
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: Crop Rotation

Not entirely, Bernard. Some crops, for example brassicas, are susceptible to diseases if grown in the same area each year. In the case of brassicas that would be clubroot. If you get that you can't grow brassicas in thast area again for years. Also, rotating crops enables you to add different nutrie...