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by Green Aura
Mon Aug 25, 2008 11:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: should plot holders have more than 1 plot?
Replies: 36
Views: 5542

Re: should plot holders have more than 1 plot?

I thought you weren't supposed to grow commercially on allotments. I'm sure I've read it somewhere. And for my tuppenceworth - so many new plot holders seem to come and go these days (people who like the idea but can't hack the work, creepy crawlies etc, that 2nd plots should be allowed for those wi...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:48 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: soapwort?
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: soapwort?

I've got two recipes, the first usable anywhere you'd use liquid soap and the second a colouring shampoo - although I guess you could leave the colouring herbs out and relace them with your choice. 1) Natural Liquid Soap - uses Soapwort root, which is obtainable from good health food stores. Take 12...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 25, 2008 7:51 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: brewers yeast
Replies: 8
Views: 1602

Re: brewers yeast

Hi Russ I know this is quite an old thread now but thought I'd chuck in my twopennerth anyway. All the above should have some effect. Also ACV (apple cider vinegar) - 1tsp in water every morning is good. I used to work with an electrician who'd been medically retired due to such bad rheumatoid arthr...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:54 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: nice washing tablets!
Replies: 25
Views: 3812

Re: nice washing tablets!

I make my own washing powder. 2 parts soap flakes 1 part washing soda 1 part borax I mix them all up in a big Tupperware type thing and use 1 Ecover scoop (which I seem to have had for ages). If anything's heavily stained I chuck in a scoop of ecover bleach, or pre-soak. No smell but after they've b...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:41 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Rosemary
Replies: 23
Views: 1997

Re: Rosemary

Have you tried pasta with slow-cooked onions and rosemary - mm mm. Chop onions and garlic and fry in more olive oil than you would usually use, with a little salt to bring out the juice of the onions, and some finely chopped rosemary. Cook over a really low heat for 30-40mins so it doesn't catch, un...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:30 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Green elderberries
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Green elderberries

Has anyone any idea if we can use green elderberries for winemaking, or anything else for that matter. The are tons around here but I've been told that they rarely ripen because of the short growing season up here. My guess is that no-one else will be picking them so I'd like to make use of them if ...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:26 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: blackberries and elderberries for wine
Replies: 7
Views: 1179

Re: blackberries and elderberries for wine

Hideo - in place of nutrient and vit B you can use 1/4tsp of yeast extract. Same stuff you put on toast (or not).
Maggie
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:18 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 alternatives to rice and pasta and how to cook them.
Replies: 15
Views: 3635

Re: 101 alternatives to rice and pasta and how to cook them.

2) Pearl barley can be used to make a risotto. Cook it the same as you would arborio. 3) Buckwheat groats are pretty yummy too. Buckwheat Curry Serves 4 4 oz / 125g buckwheat 1 onion, chopped 1 clove of garlic your blend of curry spices or powder 1 medium potato, cubed (or other root vegetable) 4 oz...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Campden tablets
Replies: 17
Views: 15942

Re: Campden tablets

We don't use campden tablets. I agree that if you're careful racking and top up the demijohn to the neck each time there shouldn't be any need. Giving the demijohn a good scrub with a bottle brush and hot soapy water should be sufficient - we've not had any trouble thus far - although I must confess...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 24, 2008 10:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: soapwort?
Replies: 5
Views: 865

Re: soapwort?

Hi I've grown Soapwort for years. I love it but it can be quite invasive - seems to spread by both root and seed. On the upside of course you have plenty of root to make liquid soaps and shampoos. I don't know how well you get on with your fellow allotment holders. They might get miffed if they're i...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:34 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Seitan
Replies: 64
Views: 6027

Re: Seitan

Hi y'all Just been catching up with this discussion. Long-running huh? Someone said there's no supplier of VWG online in Britain. There is - google Atkins diet stockists. Sorry barefootlinzi that you had such a bad experience with the seitan - it sounds like you didn't wash it sufficiently. The wate...
by Green Aura
Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Places to visit/do in Cornwall...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1100

Re: Places to visit/do in Cornwall...?

It's been a long time since I was in Cornwall - is the outdoor amphitheatre at Porthcurno still there? I have very happy memories of going there to watch A Midsummer Nights Dream. The beach there is beautiful as well. I've stayed in various campsites but I think the most beautiful was on top of a cl...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 22, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from Derbyshire
Replies: 9
Views: 610

Re: Hello from Derbyshire

Ay up duck
I was born and bred in Derbyshire (Chesterfield) - Whereabouts are you (it's OK I won't visit)?
Maggie
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 22, 2008 11:54 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Seitan
Replies: 64
Views: 6027

Re: Seitan

Here's the recipe - can't remember where I got it. This is the recipe I used the first time I made seitan and even though it was hard work (and cold on your hands) it was really tasty. Sorry Lady willow but it does take quite a lot of water to clear the starch - I don't know if you could use it for ...
by Green Aura
Sun Jun 22, 2008 1:12 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Topsoil - where do you get yours from?!
Replies: 17
Views: 2135

Re: Topsoil - where do you get yours from?!

A cautionary tale We had our previous garden landscaped by a reputable (and expensive) landscaper. He removed all the topsoil which we had nurtured and improved over a period of 15 years and sent it off in a skip. Several months later he filled our beautiful new raised beds in the kitchen garden wit...

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