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by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Yogurt
Replies: 25
Views: 9942

Need to add my bit on yoghurt, too... I don't use any fancy gear, I just use an empty icecream tub (the flat type), and stick it on the radiator. Bit of a problem in summer, of course, but summers tend to be rather short here, and since I also dry my clothes over the radiator (on one of those pull-u...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Is it too late for leeks?
Replies: 14
Views: 6359

I got my leeks out really late last year - by Christmas they were the size of spring onions, and they are still in the ground now! They seem to be growing again. I had been warned they would bolt if left over to the next year, but they haven't done that yet. Let's wait and see... My spinach also sur...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: strawberries
Replies: 18
Views: 7596

What happend to that last message - is it just me or is it cryptic for everybody? Am I guessing right that you have mulched them with pine needles? Actually, I would use straw... That's where they got their name from, after all! Keeps the weeds down to a certain extent, keeps them reasonably dry, mo...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Building an Aussie style barbie
Replies: 21
Views: 8977

Never thought I'd see that poem here of all places! I've still got the book somewhere, I hope. Anybody seen the film? I even was in that area where they made it, and in the pub, where just about all the locals had been involved in it, and they all still remembered, and the photos were up all over th...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Prep for next season - what???
Replies: 26
Views: 10830

I remember the fuss about the pyramids, but I never bothered to read those books - sounds like I didn't miss a lot! I was hooked on Lord of the Rings... Anyway, I know that some people had their greenhouses built like pyramids - has anybody heard of their success or otherwise? I haven't see any like...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 8:41 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: G'day from Queensland Australia!
Replies: 18
Views: 7520

Hi green-girl If you are starting off with containers, I found that courgette, peppers and climbing beans are great to grow like that, too. I even tried pumpkin, but only had one the size of a tennis ball... (Mind you, that was in a slightly colder climate than yours!) Nowadays I grow them on a comp...
by ina
Thu May 26, 2005 8:28 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9274

Talk about getting older - my back's been killing me all week. Sitting at that conference all day yesterday plus travelling in the car didn't help, and work seems to be a lot of heavy lifting at the moment, too... And I used to grin when folk told me, wait till you get to my age! Well, I have. And n...
by ina
Tue May 24, 2005 11:33 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9274

Yep, Nev, Perth UK - or rather, Perth Scotland! Have been to Perth Australia, too, and rather liked it. That was just a short trip; I spent 8 months on a dairy farm in Victoria. But I can't imagine how I managed to live in that heat back then. I did crazy stuff like cycle to my "local" pub (only 80k...
by ina
Tue May 24, 2005 11:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Prep for next season - what???
Replies: 26
Views: 10830

Mustard seems to be the best known green manure - but try phacelia. Seeds are difficult to get, but I have found them in one garden centre so far (or try the internet). Lovely flowers, very attractive to bees. Or use a clover; where I found the phacelia seeds, they also sold crimson clover and trefo...
by ina
Tue May 24, 2005 10:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Saving the Good Times (Plum and Cherry Wine)
Replies: 31
Views: 16587

You are right, Nev. It's just so hard to toss out stuff that you spent so much time and effort on... Veg is just as easy and safe to bottle as fruit, it just takes a lot longer. If I remember right, my mum used to boil green beans for about 2 hours or so - I think freezing is probably more energy ef...
by ina
Tue May 24, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Plastic Bags
Replies: 108
Views: 72994

I've never seen so many people who don't like plastic bags, either! Brilliant! But I don't think putting a tax on them will work. It'll just get people annoyed at yet another Government ploy to relieve them of their money. In Germany, which is where I originate from, plastic bags cost money, like ev...
by ina
Tue May 24, 2005 8:32 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9274

Hi everybody Thanks for all your replies. Kincardineshire is not that far north - south of Aberdeen. (Actually, I think officially it's now called Aberdeenshire...) I'm about 30m south of Aberdeen, so quite a way from Cardenden! Had to look that up, too. Stirling, on the other hand, I know quite wel...
by ina
Sun May 22, 2005 9:44 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hi from NE Scotland
Replies: 27
Views: 9274

Hi from NE Scotland

That's how it goes - I was looking for a supplier for the hens I am planning to buy, and here I am. Still don't know where to get those hens from (anybody any ideas? - I am looking for Black Rock). Have plenty of ideas how to become more selfsufficient. After all, the way pensions are going, I think...