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by Viper254
Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 30
Views: 4740

Re: Growing in 2021

Haven't started a thing yet - just got the seed trays out of the garage at the weekend so going to get going shortly :)

Need to relocate the polytunnel.
by Viper254
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Blackberry in pot
Replies: 5
Views: 2692

Re: Blackberry in pot

My fruiting blackberries are quite cleverly placed (by previous allotmenteer) below a scaffold frame that looks a bit like a set of rugby posts. It's really tedious, but hours spent running wire between the posts has allowed me to run them up the pole, then across the wire, then up, then back across...
by Viper254
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:38 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

Thanks for the advice. Potential redundancy money (not a lot) will cover debts (also, fortunately, not a lot) and we can tick over beyond that, just about, if I take the car off the road and we keep the purse strings tight. I'll do some budgets over the weekend. Thankfully I'm fairly good with budge...
by Viper254
Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:12 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Supporting the Economy
Replies: 14
Views: 3207

Re: Supporting the Economy

Shops are appearing at a rate of knots around there, but there's some who have grasped the nettle and are going quite well; the milkman's now delivering some essentials, the nearby Londis has refurbed and has much more of a breadth of stock and the butcher's in town are offering what is sort of a cl...
by Viper254
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

That's awesome :)

Mrs. Viper has been told she may or may not be made redundant at the end of May. Clarity would have been better than just worrying about it for 3 months, so I've put a pause on pretty much every life decision for now.
by Viper254
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has this forum died?
Replies: 26
Views: 2568

Re: Has this forum died?

I check in once a week and generally have a dig around. But it is quite quiet.

Been trying to dig out couch grass and nettle roots whilst nothing's growing, but it's a long job! :)
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

Thankyou. I have made some tentative progress in the last couple of weeks; work are receptive to my hours changing to four longer, earlier days and a half day. With some of the uncertainty coming down the line economically, it makes sense for me to not drop any paid hours just yet, but I could start...
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 5136

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Yeah, I'd concur with most of what's here. 2021 likely to be a tight one. My job's OK but Mrs. V's is tenuous and she is moving on to full-time food production if she loses it, which is at least a solid interim plan. Perhaps a holiday in the UK, if a holiday becomes a possibility. So I'm happy to co...
by Viper254
Fri Dec 18, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 1945

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

I think half the charity shops here in Newcastle (under-Lyme) have shut up shop and left; I used to really enjoy getting records etc. from some of them :/
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

Thanks to all for your advice. The hound and I will go searching.

My allotment is hedged with hawthorn, so there's a starting point I hadn't considered.

Located some plum trees tucked away over a back path as well.
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 1828

Re: Using recycled plastic

Urgh, it's all got so much more difficult in the last year. COVID is being used an excuse to pedal everything backwards in terms of progress. I used to get the majority of my fruit/veg at the butchers, armed with my net bags. Now they are wrapping portions of fruit and veg, which spoils it. The stal...
by Viper254
Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Plumbing problem
Replies: 3
Views: 1424

Re: Plumbing problem

All mine's cast iron. I live in fear of the day it starts to leak...
by Viper254
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 20
Views: 10485

Re: Seed saving

Sounds lovely - I do like using shallots
by Viper254
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

No good at foraging whatsoever. Can anyone recommend a book I can get from the library to get me started? :)
by Viper254
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 4687

Re: Got the Signoff...

Right, I just need to work out how to actually make it work financially now - in terms of numbers. Everything else is approved in principle. I don't do well at making stuff up on the hoof, so next year is the year to demonstrate I can churn a decent amount of food out and then ramp it up the year af...