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by phil55494
Mon Jan 23, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: keeping a gardening journal
Replies: 20
Views: 3235

Re: keeping a gardening journal

We use an RHS branded garden diary. Yes it looks very pretty having a lovely horticultural illustration on each page but the most useful bit is it has columns for 5 years worth of information on each spread - 1 week per spread. We record all the things spoken about earlier, sowing, planting out, har...
by phil55494
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?
Replies: 41
Views: 8892

Re: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?

What no tomatoes?

So far I've sown some onion seeds. I could do with getting the leeks seeds in soon. Then there are the annual flower seeds that need sowing soon because they work best with a long season.
by phil55494
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: apple trees advice pls
Replies: 4
Views: 2153

Re: apple trees advice pls

Bramleys need not one but two different pollinators. It flowers in the middle of yer apple flowering season so if there are plenty of other apples around on the site it should be ok. Ask around, you'll probably find someone else growing a bramley who may be able to tell you how well they do at your ...
by phil55494
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:23 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw bale - dangerously close!
Replies: 17
Views: 8358

Re: Straw bale - dangerously close!

What a fantastic looking place :icon_smile:
by phil55494
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:49 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Cut flowers
Replies: 11
Views: 2451

Re: Cut flowers

There are many varieties of cosmos that look good and probably a dahlia for every different taste in flower shape and colour as well.
by phil55494
Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Yule - how did/are you spending it?
Replies: 20
Views: 3374

Re: Yule - how did/are you spending it?

For those that celebrate the solstice, I hope you've had a good one. The days start getting longer from here (even if it is only by a few seconds per day for the next week or so). For those who follow other religious calendars, happy Christmas or happy hannakah. If you follow no religion, then note ...
by phil55494
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: HAPPY ...
Replies: 17
Views: 1587

Re: HAPPY ...

T'is the season for excess, enjoy it how y'all will

merry solstichristmahannakawazza as a friend of mine would say :icon_smile:
by phil55494
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Please motivate me to finish this!!!
Replies: 27
Views: 5986

Re: Please motivate me to finish this!!!

Wow that looks fantastic. T'Other half agrees about that as well :iconbiggrin:
by phil55494
Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Veg for Christmas
Replies: 9
Views: 1505

Re: Veg for Christmas

This year may well be the year we manage to harvest a fresh parsnip and leek from the plot for Christmas dinner. The last few years we have had them ready but when they're under a foot of snow in frozen ground, they're not going to be on the table. There is kale ready at the plot, garlic in store an...
by phil55494
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: "A Good Day"
Replies: 7
Views: 1325

Re: "A Good Day"

A good day indeed. Happy as a pig in muck :icon_smile:
by phil55494
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Green Manures
Replies: 11
Views: 1520

Re: Green Manures

I'll second that bees love Phacelia. We grew some on a bed at the plot earlier this year and let some go to flower, a very pretty little flower. That particular bed was empty because we were going to move the Strawberry patch in there (now done). We have also sown another bed that was used for onion...
by phil55494
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 116195

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

I have a demijohn 3/4 filled with home pressed apple juice. I hope that through the magic of cell division and multiplication enough yeast can form that will turn it into cider. If it hasn't started bubbling in a week or two, I'll add in a sachet of yeast .
by phil55494
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: my Kit made beer lacks body
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

Re: my Kit made beer lacks body

Printable beer??? Where did that come from? The joy of self correcting predictive text input on mobile phones.
by phil55494
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: my Kit made beer lacks body
Replies: 7
Views: 1984

Re: my Kit made beer lacks body

The othere thing you can try is instead of sugar, use what is called beer kit improver. It is a mix of glucose and dried malt extract. That should give you more body in the beer. Leaving your beer to mature in bottles is a good idea and you may find that if you drink some after the recommended 3 wee...
by phil55494
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: A sparrowhawk stops by
Replies: 9
Views: 2361

Re: A sparrowhawk stops by

And lovely pictures by the way :iconbiggrin: