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by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Sales
Replies: 11
Views: 384

Re: Sales

Try looking for the potential "extra's" you can haggle out of sales people when they won't negotiate much on price; in particular consumables that the item uses - things like vacuum cleaner bags, detergents , preserving bottles, spare blades, extra batteries etc. These can sometimes add up...
by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 4
Views: 104

Re: Food waste

Couldn't agree more - best before dates on honey, dried pulses and unshelled nuts ?????? I DO watch the use by dates on supermarket milk though, it could be a week or more old before it gets to the shelf.
by Weedo
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:22 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What's for the festive lunch 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 65

Re: What's for the festive lunch 2017

Don't really know yet - we oldies have been adandoned by the younger gen this year so it will only be the two of us sad and lonely geriatirics. Actually, it is only coincidental that the kids and grandies all have their turn at the alternate parents (the outlaws) this year - apart from #1 son in the...
by Weedo
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:11 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5173

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

I checked by two drought stressed, cow chewed and neglected figs last night - first crop is just ripening and what seems to be a heavy second crop is just budding. They have had two waterings in the last month, their first TLC in at least 10 years! For a wide open site in full sun receiving temps up...
by Weedo
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5173

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Taff If you check back over Balkep's post there are around 750 cultivars and, from my reading, they will grow almost everywhere. Certainly figs have been grown all over the UK since the little 3 foot ape scrambled down from the trees. It seems hours of sun are very important and protection from seve...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm now self sufficient in ...
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: I'm now self sufficient in ...

An ample supply of dry thunderstorms. Yesterday, after some deliberation, I decided that the chook shed roof did not really need repair. This was in no way influenced by the lightning bolt that grounded about 200 metres away while I was on the roof.
by Weedo
Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5173

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Thanks GA - my thoughts also. It really doesn't matter what they are (just curious), they are obviously hardy in my climate and although the fruit is small is is very sweet. A litle more TLC would probably help with fruit size. The idea behind trellising is to grow them in a way that I can put net o...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:47 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 10
Views: 5173

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Hi - any way of determining the variety of figs on old trees? In reconstructing my Veg patch / Orchard I have taken cutting of two old fig trees just in case. The trees would have been originally planted about 60- 80 years ago and certainly have not been tended for at least 30 years (maybe reverted ...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Mornin'
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Mornin'

The Celtic thing must be a genetic impulse or, to quote William Carpenter, "....they are the expressions of constitutional tendencies embodied in the organism of the individuals who manifest them" Both my sons (5th generation Australians) have had the Macrae clan (maternal tribe) crest tat...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Fried apple
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: Fried apple

Similar Odsox Apple, pear and plum were used in everything from fry-ups to salads. Virtually everyone had a house orchard. I still put fruit into my green salads and anything else I can get away with. the harder pears - Bosc, Corella and Nashi are plentyful and cheap here at the moment but unfortuna...
by Weedo
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This board ain't self sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 974

Re: This board ain't self sufficient

with 6 traps out for nearly 1 week I am now down to only a couple of earwigs per trap per night (still plenty outside the beds though) Plain olive oil seems to work best but I notice using a little cider vinegar as well attracts a few beetles. Pouring rain today so I expect the slugs to be out in fo...
by Weedo
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The Fashion for frugal blogs
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: The Fashion for frugal blogs

Some years ago I read an article about frugal fashion - the author promoted having a limited wardrobe but of high quality and classic style that could be used in many situations. Perhaps this is another approach to frugality (but not self sufficiency) in clothing? I (male - perhaps its simpler) have...
by Weedo
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:26 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This board ain't self sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 974

Re: This board ain't self sufficient

I have also heard that Stale Beer is good for catching slugs & snails - forgive my antipodean ignorance, but what is Stale Beer? - I know of Malt Beer, Wheat Beer, Horehound Beer etc. but never one made from Stales.
by Weedo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: This board ain't self sufficient
Replies: 24
Views: 974

Re: This board ain't self sufficient

I have discovered they are partial to olive oil - a little in the bottom of a small plastic tub set at ground level works well
by Weedo
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Roses from cuttings
Replies: 6
Views: 292

Re: Roses from cuttings

I have grown roses from cutting many times in the past - my expert advice came from my sister who grew and bred roses as a hobby. Roses from cuttings should grow true to type IF the cutting was taken from the cultivar wood and not the stock wood or a root cutting. - sometimes the stock will send up ...

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