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by tosca
Tue Feb 23, 2016 4:58 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Contadina says ciao from Italia
Replies: 5
Views: 1461

Re: Contadina says ciao from Italia

Might be a bit quieter than it was, but some of us stuck. Welcome back. :icon_smile:
by tosca
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Spring Veg
Replies: 6
Views: 1686

Re: Spring Veg

Mine was ready to pick when the polytunnel collapsed under the snow, gutted that we lost it (and kale and cabbage) through frost and squashing. Parsley and sprouts survived.

I have broccoli envy
by tosca
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:03 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Income & self-sufficiency
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: Income & self-sufficiency

We couldn't do it. Not even just growing enough veggies, without us both working. Allotments were non-existant in our area and no land share opportunities. We could have sold the house and rented, but then we would have had to work to pay the rent and bills anyway as well as working the land. In mid...
by tosca
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: No dig gardening method
Replies: 41
Views: 8345

Re: No dig gardening method

I would love to try it but like you, can't get the compost or well rotted manure, it's an alien concept to a lot of locals despite so many growing their own food. Most is dumped on tips. We don't produce enough of our own to give a good cover. With having the goats we should have enough to give it a...
by tosca
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:57 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Unsalted butter - add salt.
Replies: 4
Views: 2243

Re: Unsalted butter - add salt.

As the others say, even butter varies a huge amount on salt content, it's a case of being in control of how much you use...to your own taste. Also agree with the others, using oil changes the texture of the food, they are doing recipes for everyone, not just those with well seasoned cast iron pans (...
by tosca
Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnel
Replies: 13
Views: 2147

Re: Polytunnel

No, it's metal tubing. The snow was just too much, about two feet of the heavy wet kind. A friend with professional tunnels has been spared. We will have to wait for a thaw (couple of weeks, temps are due to drop to -20 ish for a week) to find out if it's salvageable. As for the trees. they are both...
by tosca
Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnel
Replies: 13
Views: 2147

Re: Polytunnel

Well, the tunnel went up, was temporarily repaired and a new cover ordered. Peas and broad beans sown, brassicas doing well.

Then it snowed...a lot! I now have a very long and wide cloche! Bah!

Lost a third of a pear tree and half an apricot tree too.

Feeling miffed :(
by tosca
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Get birds to feed from
Replies: 2
Views: 7295

Re: Get birds to feed from

There is a lot of natural food out there at the moment with the mild weather so maybe they will come when (if) the weather changes. Our weather changed and the tits and sparrows were practically banging on the door. Made some delicious (!) treats with pork dripping, rendered lamb fat, walnuts, our o...
by tosca
Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Being selfsufficientish in 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 18669

Re: Being selfsufficientish in 2016

Found out yesterday that the polytunnel does not do much to protect my brassicas and keep them in good condition. Got a cabbage in and had to thaw it for an hour before I could cut it. Ho hum, we'll see what happens with the broccoli and sprouts when the thaw sets in. At least I didn't pay for it.
by tosca
Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:56 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you sowing (2016)
Replies: 14
Views: 2691

Re: What are you sowing (2016)

At the moment some early tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries indoors. No cell trays, nowhere to put them yet with our main indoor growing area down to sub zero temperatures overnight, so everything sown into small pots for now. Out in the polytunnel there are some potatoes in and peas and broad ...
by tosca
Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:48 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Being selfsufficientish in 2016
Replies: 51
Views: 18669

Re: Being selfsufficientish in 2016

Well, we will continue to grow most of our own veg, harvest our own honey and beeswax and use our goat milk. Oh has started to eat his own chicken after nearly three years of giving surplus cockerels away, the rest of the half a freezer of meat comes from a half lamb we bought last year and masses o...
by tosca
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:36 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting atm?
Replies: 108
Views: 27452

Re: What are you harvesting atm?

We are also having a stupidly mild winter, there is usually nothing in at this time of the year except lettuce and over wintering alliums. We are still getting carrots, beets, celery, kale, sprouts, cabbage, psb, herbs including chives and parsley.
by tosca
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Carp
Replies: 4
Views: 4115

Re: Carp

I have carp at the neighbours' house. They gave me some very crispy once in spring and I said it was nice, and it was better than I thought it would be. Unfortunately they give me it every time I'm around there (don't eat meat) and not usually so crispy so I end up playing with it. Not my carp of te...
by tosca
Sun Dec 13, 2015 1:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: You have plans for ...
Replies: 18
Views: 3894

Re: You have plans for ...

Been there too, always working so I wouldn't be home alone in a damp mobile home...but after a ten years was lucky to find a wonderful man, totally unexpected, and now we are warm and happy in our small world. Who would have thought? But we don't do much here over the 'festive' period because that's...
by tosca
Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: You have plans for ...
Replies: 18
Views: 3894

Re: You have plans for ...

We don't 'celebrate' exactly, we are very low-key here. But my sister has just moved over and they will be coming over for a meal. We have bought pork (don't raise our own due to only the OH eating meat, just excess cockerels) but most of the rest will be either home grown or home made (bread, spong...