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by Green Aura
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:24 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 15
Views: 7378

Re: Self sufficient skills List

Wow, that's brilliant. I'd love to send OH on something like that - but he needs his fingers for his livelihood. :lol:

I think that's an excellent skill, although without a forge you might struggle - will that be a new addition to the farm?
by Green Aura
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Physalis
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Physalis

A friend gave me a seedling for Christmas. It's like a triffid, taking up far more space in the greenhouse than I care for. The fruits OK but I'm not totally sold. I'm just hoping it's an annual plant so I can get rid soon. Having said that it's still hung in fruit, so it might be a while yet. Oh, a...
by Green Aura
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:09 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 7
Views: 1436

Re: Fermenting time again

I've only used butter, or a thin layer of oil, on something to exclude air, never used it as the preserving medium. I know olive oil goes cloudy if it's refrigerated but other than that I'm not sure what the problem would be. The wax layer sounds like stearic acid, but I didn't know olive oil contai...
by Green Aura
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 45
Views: 27464

Re: Not buying new

those blue containers that have the clippy lids They're food prep tubs, Viper. I bought a load off Ebay a good few years back. If there's a big food prep company anywhere near you might be able to get some free/cheap - they don't seem to re-use them. Take care though - these places seem to be parti...
by Green Aura
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: I don't think I like Gooseberries
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: I don't think I like Gooseberries

I'm not knowledgable about that particular variety but have got experience of small gooseberries with large pips! I think, in my case, it was too little water ( mine were in pots at the time)in a dryish summer. My experience of making jam is that the gooseberries went from uncooked to burnt in short...
by Green Aura
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 32
Views: 10158

Re: Pineapples

Hey honey, welcome home. :hugish:
by Green Aura
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 23792

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Hi Alec, and welcome. I agree with everything you've said. Unfortunately Ish had a few "technical issues" a few years back, resulting in a change of ownership etc etc. During that time a lot of more casual users fell by the wayside, leaving us die hards holding the fort. It's been quiet but friendly...
by Green Aura
Fri Sep 04, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How can I make a cat ramp?
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: How can I make a cat ramp?

If he's like every other cat I know his claws will do the job just fine.
by Green Aura
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 23792

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Indeed. My brother, who lived in Finland, had his UK pension topped up by the Finnish government and was in full-time care.
by Green Aura
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 23792

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Yes, it's a shame local authorities don't do more to encourage things like community gardens or allotments, which might help a lot of folk through times of need and give back a bit of self worth. I got seriously told off by a friend, a few years back, because I took the list I'd been given at the su...
by Green Aura
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment the 2nd
Replies: 31
Views: 6445

Re: Allotment the 2nd

Think of it as a gift for someone else, rather than a failure. It might help someone without any gardening knowledge to get into growing their own.
by Green Aura
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 32
Views: 10158

Re: Pineapples

Go on, bung it in some soil. :lol:
by Green Aura
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 113
Views: 46506

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Batten down the hatches, Tony, and keep safe.
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Supporting the Economy
Replies: 3
Views: 533

Re: Supporting the Economy

I try to support the local economy, as far as I can. We buy a (mainly) locally produced veg box and local cheese and meat. Clothes almost always come from Ebay, secondhand - prices have noticably gone up since lockdown so I'm guessing a few people have discovered the delights. Apart from new raised ...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 113
Views: 46506

Re: What are you harvesting now?

We sow our tomatoes, peppers in the first few days of the New Year, in heated propagators, Viper, to give them a head start. We have such a short growing season up here (we're definitely into autumn now) so we need to grab every bit of sunshine - and we often have lovely weather Feb/March/Apr. We on...