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by phil55494
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you havesting
Replies: 240
Views: 59628

Re: What are you havesting

Potatoes, courgettes, peas, kale. The onions could be pulled if we wanted to but the apples will be a while yet. Very envious of those with the time and space to get loads out of gardens and allotments. Still what we're getting is many times more than when we were starting out on our half plot (bare...
by phil55494
Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making Potting Soil
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Re: Making Potting Soil

We like coconut fibre (coir) for use as seed compost and mix it for potting use.
by phil55494
Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How to improve my cider?
Replies: 4
Views: 1261

Re: How to improve my cider?

The thing cider apples add to the mix is tannins, but cider apples aren't needed to make a drinkable cider. The cider made in norfolk, suffolk etc isn't usually made with cider apples. As for making it sweeter, if you can you could stop the fermentation earlier, bed sugar solution or apple juice whe...
by phil55494
Thu Aug 04, 2011 7:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Favourite board games.
Replies: 41
Views: 7394

Re: Favourite board games.

T'other half is the one for boardgames. She plays Backgammon occasionally with friends of hers from her university days. She's also a whizz at Scrabble. I think I've done well if I can limit her score to less than 300!
by phil55494
Sun Jul 31, 2011 8:49 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: problems with pots
Replies: 5
Views: 1077

Re: problems with pots

It does sound like scab. Not a problem, shouldn't stop them keeping but you'll want to peel them before cooking.
by phil55494
Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What brought you here?
Replies: 62
Views: 5746

Re: What brought you here?

I think I was looking for information on alternative digging tools. I decided to stick around, mostly lurking. Now I'm making homemade county wines and beer partly thanks to the postings at MKG and others.
by phil55494
Sun Jul 17, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: How much sugar??
Replies: 3
Views: 1218

Re: How much sugar??

You can't do this now but if you'd made up to 20 pints instead of 30 pints that should do it as well.
by phil55494
Sun Jun 19, 2011 5:55 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: James' Ginger Beer
Replies: 4
Views: 1465

Re: James' Ginger Beer

It's usually a mix of dextrose and dried malt extract. Normally used to give a bit more body to kit beer instead of plain sugar.
by phil55494
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Cuttings
Replies: 7
Views: 1881

Re: Cuttings

I've never really succeeded with cuttings so my advice is to take many more than you think you'll need. If they all take, well done. If only one takes, you're doing better than me!
by phil55494
Tue May 17, 2011 3:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Compost woes
Replies: 9
Views: 1698

Re: Compost woes

The baking is to sterilise the compost before reuse so there are no nasties lurking in there.
We generally use coir or a mix of coir with leafmould or garden compost for a seed mix. Seems to work ok for us.
by phil55494
Thu May 12, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Looking for a top-notch digging hoe
Replies: 19
Views: 49608

Re: Looking for a top-notch digging hoe

And I think reading this thread was how I stumbled across the site while looking for information on digging hoes :icon_smile:
by phil55494
Thu May 12, 2011 12:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Looking for a top-notch digging hoe
Replies: 19
Views: 49608

Re: Looking for a top-notch digging hoe

I've got a medium digging hoe from Get Digging and it's great. My problem is I need to fix the handle, got the wedges for it but not got round to the fix yet. My other half's favourite tool is a very small hand version. That one's great for when you're on your hands and knees pulling out yet more co...
by phil55494
Wed May 04, 2011 2:49 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Favourite beer
Replies: 27
Views: 4688

Re: Favourite beer

OK, if you really insist, here's my short tutorial for new brewers: Buy a 2-can, all-malt beer kit and follow the instructions carefully, paying particular attention to hygiene. You'll need a 5 gallon brewing bucket, a pressure barrel, a long-handled plastic spoon and some sanitiser. A thermometer ...
by phil55494
Wed May 04, 2011 2:46 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115725

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Not quite brewing but I'm currently drinking the first all grain homebrew beer that me and a mate did about 5 weeks back (summer lightning clone) and have some bottles of a beer he did with ingredients that he had left over from that first batch starting to mature. They were bottled over the weekend...
by phil55494
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:21 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What i'm brewing at the moment
Replies: 356
Views: 115725

Re: What i'm brewing at the moment

Not one I've tried. By the time the blackberries were picked for wine, I think most of the rhubarb was drunk.