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by Zech
Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Over use of Anti depressants?
Replies: 49
Views: 4412

Re: Over use of Anti depressants?

Is'nt it thoughts that cause depression?And if so how can a pill fix that? I'm not sure the line between clinical and non-clinical depression is quite as clear as some people make out. I've suffered from something that showed all the signs of clinical depression, but was definitely the result of ci...
by Zech
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:14 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I knew I was no longer a bright young thing when...
Replies: 49
Views: 5394

Re: I knew I was no longer a bright young thing when...

I think saying that to your careers teacher just proves how cool you are! :iconbiggrin:
by Zech
Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Moral support for crap gardeners
Replies: 66
Views: 5715

Re: Moral support for crap gardeners

Excellent asparagus substitute, eh? The dreaded willowherb may yet have a place in my garden :iconbiggrin: Susie, you may find getting rid of the triffids the 'hard' way isn't actually all that hard. Our new garden had been well cultivated then neglected for a few years, and when I finally girded my...
by Zech
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Change the text size I view this site in?!
Replies: 9
Views: 929

Re: Change the text size I view this site in?!

If you're using Firefox, the zoom only affects the site you're looking at, not other sites, and it remembers it when you come back. Change it using ctrl + and ctrl -
by Zech
Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Moral support for crap gardeners
Replies: 66
Views: 5715

Re: Moral support for crap gardeners

That's excellent news about ground elder - I'm not sure if I have any in my new garden, but I had plenty in my old one, and I have a feeling it might have followed me... Last year I discovered how tasty dandelion flowers are and reclassified them as a vegetable. I'm now carefully taking any dandelio...
by Zech
Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed sowing
Replies: 38
Views: 3456

Re: Seed sowing

Thanks Graham, very helpful.
by Zech
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed sowing
Replies: 38
Views: 3456

Re: Seed sowing

I was going to plant my onion seeds this afternoon, but when I dug up some soil to mix with compost to plant them in, the soil was frozen solid. Not easy to mix, and I didn't think the onions would appreciate it either! Being a newbie, I'm following seed packet instructions, which say at this time o...
by Zech
Fri Jan 21, 2011 4:15 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: What have you got brewing at the moment
Replies: 190
Views: 29460

Re: What have you got brewing at the moment

I have some marmalade wine on the go. I have no idea what I'm doing, but I bought (and chopped) far too much citrus fruit to make marmalade, so rather than chuck it out, I threw in some water, sugar and yeast, and set it on its way. I'm expecting it to taste "interesting" :icon_smile:
by Zech
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:45 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: With apologies to all Vegans
Replies: 50
Views: 5286

Re: With apologies to all Vegans

I was reading a magazine recently (Practical Smallholder or somesuch) which encouraged people to keep rabbits for meat, but in two separate articles authors recommended encouraging children to keep them as pets, saying that children would feel proud of their contribution to the household economy. U...
by Zech
Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: With apologies to all Vegans
Replies: 50
Views: 5286

Re: With apologies to all Vegans

And really,dont all animals kill others(even if only by accidently treading on them)?Unless you're a Janist monk(and even they get someone else to do the sweeping) then you're gona kill something. Or are we superior to other animals?..Isn't that the outlook that's got us in all this s--t? No critic...
by Zech
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:38 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: With apologies to all Vegans
Replies: 50
Views: 5286

Re: With apologies to all Vegans

I'm with Susie on this. I've made a decision not to include animals in my attempts at self sufficiency because I know I couldn't cope with killing them. If I had to choose between killing my own meat and going veggie, I would definitely be veggie (and have been in the past). I don't think I'd have a...
by Zech
Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: Pets
Topic: Is my cat odd?
Replies: 19
Views: 4115

Re: Is my cat odd?

Ours loves mint. Not catmint - she's not interested in that - but peppermint. We have to be careful if meeting her just after brushing teeth - she'd lick them if we let her :shock:
by Zech
Tue Jan 18, 2011 8:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: CATS!!
Replies: 31
Views: 4418

Re: CATS!!

I bent his ear about it and asked him to stop his cat coming into my garden. His reply was " oh it's a cat, you can't stop a cat going into other peoples gardens, it's natural" With owners like that one despairs. Seriously, what do you expect him to do? Keep the cat locked in the house all the time...
by Zech
Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower Cordial
Replies: 5
Views: 1181

Re: Elderflower Cordial

I made elderflower cordial last summer for the first time (can't remember how I sterilised the bottles - chemicals, I think) and found it didn't last very long. This is probably because I didn't put any citric acid in, only lemon juice, and presumably not enough of that. This year I plan to bottle i...
by Zech
Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:38 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: VAT rise
Replies: 67
Views: 8478

Re: VAT rise

Sorry for the pedantic, uninteresting post, but
snapdragon wrote: 2. It goes on home fuel and power, which will put up the cost for anyone who doesn't produce their own electricity, and everyone who uses gas or oil.
No it doesn't. VAT on home fuel and power is still 5%.