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by ina
Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Getting the fundamentals right
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: Getting the fundamentals right

Although our water isn't metered, I grew up saving water and still do. The garden is full of containers catching rain water, and as I live on my own, keeping the water in my bath for loo and (in summer) watering outside is no problem.
by ina
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:02 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 37
Views: 12929

Re: Pineapples

Green Aura wrote:
Tue Nov 10, 2020 3:00 pm
I wasn't expecting anything but currently have six seedling. Only about 20 years to wait for the first harvest. Maybe I should have gone with pineapples. :lol:
By then climate change will ensure that you won't even need a greenhouse to grow them... :?
by ina
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Here we go again
Replies: 12
Views: 1023

Re: Here we go again

Green Aura wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:55 pm
I don't really understand it - you'd think they'd put on more vans if numbers able to get to the supermarket are limited.
Not all that easy suddenly acquiring more vans and drivers...

I'll see how my usual shop on Sunday morning goes. Buses a nuisance, as always.
by ina
Fri Oct 16, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 138
Views: 56628

Re: What are you harvesting now?

I've now had my last kohlrabi - probably my favourite veg, and I never have enough of them. Still some courgette, although they are getting small and pale; some perpetual spinach, and beetroot. I don't do any pickling; neither vinegar nor sugar agree with me.

And leek! How could I forget that...
by ina
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 11
Views: 1321

Re: Got the Signoff...

Congratulations! I'd love to reduce my hours. Don't think I'm really fit enough to work full time any more, especially with my long commute. :(
by ina
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 138
Views: 56628

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Just as well you've fenced it in securely... :mrgreen:

I'm the same - I let things grow where they like, if possible. I think they know where they want to be, and that's why they are so strong! Had a monster broccoli this year. Slow developer, but enormous.
by ina
Sat Oct 10, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Getting the fundamentals right
Replies: 8
Views: 948

Re: Getting the fundamentals right

See - the fundamentals do seem to include doctor, dentist, post office and chemist as you get older. Apart from dentist, all within 5 minutes' walk from where I live... Plus a Coop (not my favourite shop, but keeps you alive), and a farm shop a bit further away. I can't really complain. Bus service...
by ina
Thu Oct 08, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Wartime mincemeat
Replies: 4
Views: 970

Re: Wartime mincemeat

I once saw a recipe for relatively low-carb Christmas pudding; basically just ground almonds, mixed dried fruit and egg. Maybe some butter as well, and of course mixed spice and a bit of brandy. I always leave out any sugar/sweetener if there's dried fruit in it. Sweet enough!
by ina
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 138
Views: 56628

Re: What are you harvesting now?

No blackberries at all this year. They had some kind of disease last year - had it before, everything sort of withered, so I had to cut it back to the ground. Looking very healthy now, but no fruit, of course!
by ina
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Not buying new
Replies: 45
Views: 30321

Re: Not buying new

Now do you think that anyone has 50 litre or upwards plant pots to use for that? Well you can get any number of smaller ones up to the size of nearly flower buckets. But anything bigger? Hmm gold dust seems to be more common. You need to get to know some livestock farmers. Some cattle and sheep lic...
by ina
Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 37
Views: 12929

Re: Pineapples

:wave:
by ina
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:03 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 28519

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

A large proportion of the price you pay for branded goods goes on advertising. I did read once how much, differs slightly with company, and of course I can't remember how much it was, but I do remember that I was shocked and decided there and then not to finance those advertising companies in future...
by ina
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 28519

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

a) they have very little control over what they have to offer AND b) the price we pay for what they get is far higher than what they would get if they used money we donated and they purchased from food wholesalers. I cannot imagine that that would be so very different in Britain. It would make sens...
by ina
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 28519

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Can't speak so much about UK brands but here in the USA brands are typically no better than supermarkets' own labels. They are just much more expensive. I think that's not much different here. Our local foodbank is really quite lucky in that some local businesses donate food - potatoes, for example...
by ina
Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:02 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 37
Views: 12929

Re: Pineapples

Excellent! I tried growing them once before, when I lived in a house that had rather more sun and warmth than I get here, but it didn't work. So, although it does look very attractive, and I do like pineapple, I think I'll give it a miss. Pineapples were on special offer at Lidl's a few weeks ago. I...