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by ina
Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 38954

Re: What are you reading?

A friend of mine sent me a few books from Germany - I like to keep up where I can with German literature. Highly recommendable a book by Julia von Lucadou: Die Hochhausspringering. Unfortunately not yet available in English. Maybe never will be. It's a bit like a continuation of 1984, and unfortunat...
by ina
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Compostable plastic bags
Replies: 7
Views: 586

Re: Compostable plastic bags

Somehow, plastic you don't want to degrade, does very easily; and the stuff that's supposed to be compostable, isn't! Just this morning, I tried to pick up a bucket that's been out in the garden for at least a year, ex-fat balls, and it crumbled in my hands. I have loads of bucket standing around to...
by ina
Tue Feb 19, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4164

Re: What are you growing right now?

Sounds good - thank you! I don't have a greenhouse/polytunnel, so I have to improvise shelter. But I don't eat a lot of tomatoes anyway, so one or two plants should find a place somewhere.
by ina
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4164

Re: What are you growing right now?

Reading all this I could get envious - but that's not a very positive emotion so I'll give it a miss! :mrgreen: However, I realise I do have a few things growing, unexpectedly, and unplanned. 3 brassica plants were left in their modules and survived the winter. I've done that before - forgot to plan...
by ina
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: 5 or 9 acres?
Replies: 4
Views: 310

Re: 5 or 9 acres?

I agree with Flo. 5 acres are quite a lot to be getting on with, anyway.
by ina
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4164

Re: What are you growing right now?

Just looked out my seeds - and despite the fact I have masses from previous years (french beans anyone?), I still need at least three more... Purple sprouting broccoli, corn salad, and broad beans. Lidl and Aldi don't do these. :lol: Anybody recommend a good online source? I can't really get to gard...
by ina
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:26 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 38954

Re: What are you reading?

doofaloofa wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:10 pm
Beast of Plenty?
? Can't find a book of that name...

At the moment (after a few local books, which are great social history) I'm on "Bloody foreigners" (Robert Winder). Recommendable. The story of immigration to Britain.
by ina
Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4164

Re: What are you growing right now?

Drying - at least, air drying - is one thing you wouldn't want to try in this country... Too humid. I remember when, in my childhood, our ancient pear tree had a bumper crop and for weeks our attic was hung with quartered pears, on strings like a pearl necklace. The best dried pears I've ever had! D...
by ina
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 1216

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

Flo wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:37 am
First we need the rain locally - it's very dry indeed for winter.
Dry winter, after a dry summer? Not good.
by ina
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Hello from South Africa

I heard the first lawn mower of the season today - for goodness' sake, it's mid February! Could still get lots of snow. The worst snow I've ever seen around here was in March, quite a few years ago.
by ina
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Hello from South Africa

Good excuse. I have to remember that.

(Sorry - don't want to make light of your problem - I know it's not an excuse for you!)
by ina
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:26 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 38954

Re: What are you reading?

Oh no, of course not. But if you feel like a tongue twister, far be it from me to stop you! :iconbiggrin: Actually, there are some scifi books I have enjoyed. One in particular I've been trying to find again for years - can't remember the author, can't remember the title, but it did have this wonder...
by ina
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Hello from South Africa

My sister lives in Pretoria. The only thing I can remember of her garden is the wonderful lemon tree...
by ina
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 669

Re: Hello from South Africa

Hi Tbird, and welcome. I suppose you realise that, although you save time on cutting less grass, you'll spend a lot more time in growing veg? :lol: Of course you do. But I'm the same, anything to avoid the grass, and get the garden productive. Which part of SA are you in - just to know what kind of ...
by ina
Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:45 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 38954

Re: What are you reading?

doofaloofa wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:18 pm


what can I say?
:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: