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by Odsox
Wed Aug 20, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Plum tree pruning
Replies: 3
Views: 1219

Re: Plum tree pruning

The risk of silver leaf depends on whether you have any trees nearby suffering from it, including sloe trees. If there is then it's almost a certainty in my experience, in fact I wouldn't even consider planting a plum tree if I could see silver leaf within a mile of my garden. It's not just the prun...
by Odsox
Tue Aug 19, 2008 5:46 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Parsnip leaves = edible?
Replies: 10
Views: 15276

Re: Parsnip leaves = edible?

I have never heard of eating parsnip leaves, so I Googled it and found from The National Vegetable Society .... "Parsnip leaves can be blanched in spring and used in salads as you would use celery. Simply draw soil over roots that are sprouting." BUT, from The Two SmallFarms Newsletter Issue Number ...
by Odsox
Tue Aug 19, 2008 8:08 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sorrel
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Sorrel

Surely it grows wild everywhere doesn't it ?
It certainly does where ever I've lived.
by Odsox
Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: pickled eggs
Replies: 1
Views: 579

Re: pickled eggs

Don't really know as I normally eat them too quickly to find out, but I think a year is probably a good estimate as long as the eggs are completely covered with vinegar.
by Odsox
Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: electrical calculations and stuff...
Replies: 5
Views: 1353

Re: electrical calculations and stuff...

OK, I'll give it my best shot. First off, for the laptop you specified you need a power supply that can deliver 19 x 4.74 = 90 watts, so if your other laptops are similar you need 90 x number of laptops = final wattage. The problem with laptops are the awkward voltage they need. All the cheap PV arr...
by Odsox
Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:24 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: storing potatoes
Replies: 6
Views: 1177

Re: storing potatoes

I always store my potatoes in old chicken feed bags ... easy if you keeps chicken, a bit irrelevant if you don't :lol: Regarding carrots, they really need keeping damp or they will end up like orange sticks. Leaving them in the ground is fine if that's convenient, although slugs might be very please...
by Odsox
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Cds to Mp3
Replies: 5
Views: 1619

Re: Cds to Mp3

It depends of course on the capacity of the MP3 player, but a rule of thumb is for 500 tracks to 1Gb, or 50 CD's for 1Gb. I have no idea on the capacity of a 'wind-up' MP3 player, but a reasonable sized 'ordinary' one is 2Gb or 4Gb, so a 4Gb would hold roughly 200 CDs, or to put it another way you w...
by Odsox
Mon Aug 11, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: drying main crop potatoes
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: drying main crop potatoes

I agree, it's only really the drying that is important. If you store wet the potatoes the chances are at least some will rot, so just make sure they are dry all over. The maturing bit will happen over time in the bag. I have grown my own potatoes for more years than I care to think about and I dig t...
by Odsox
Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomatillos
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Tomatillos

Yes, Pepinos or Melon Pear or even Solanum Muricatum if you insist.
Supposed to produce tomato sized purple striped green fruit that allegedly tastes like melon.
No sign of fruit yet but when there is I'll let you know if it was worth the trouble.
by Odsox
Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Horseradish
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: Horseradish

Once horseradish is established you can dig up a root at any time of the year. It is one of the dock family so any small pieces of root that you leave in the ground will grow a new plant. Hope you thought of that when you planted it as once you have horseradish it's a job to get rid of (like mint) I...
by Odsox
Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:25 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wood burner for old pallets?
Replies: 9
Views: 6940

Re: Wood burner for old pallets?

Thanks for the tip Enigma but it wouldn't work in my situation as the flue comes out of the back of the stove and straight into the chimney wall. I have it standing in front of my old fireplace which I then built up with blocks. No other way of doing it and it looks neat. I'm not sure the throat res...
by Odsox
Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomatillos
Replies: 4
Views: 514

Re: Tomatillos

This year is was a toss up between Tomatillos and Pepinos .. and Pepinos won.
But I will definitely try Tomatillos next year on your recommendation.
No Pepino fruit yet, I will let you know how that one pans out.
by Odsox
Tue Aug 05, 2008 10:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Over grown Dwarf French beans
Replies: 2
Views: 494

Re: Over grown Dwarf French beans

If you can cleanly snap the bean in half then they are still OK to eat. If it just bends or breaks with stringy bits attached then they are too old. But, if they are too old you still have 2 options ... shell them and eat the immature beans as flageolet or leave them to totally dry and treat them as...
by Odsox
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:11 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rhubarb in Spain
Replies: 11
Views: 3948

Re: Rhubarb in Spain

I'm not sure that rhubarb would grow at all well in containers.
I had to dig some established plants out earlier this year and their main tap roots were at least six feet long.
That would have to be some container.
by Odsox
Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Is it me?
Replies: 19
Views: 1635

Re: Is it me?

I'm not too sure about the soil having a bearing on taste either Milly, but your adopted countrymen make great claims about their soil when it comes to wine, so maybe there is after all. Regarding your chips Annpan, it's still a bit early for newly dug potatoes to make nice chips or roast. Rule of t...