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by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: The Wasp, A gardeners friend.
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: The Wasp, A gardeners friend.

Something else quite interesting that you might not know about wasps is apparently when the workers take back protein to feed the larva, the larva "reward" the workers with a sweet sugary liquid, which is what sustains the workers,as their little "waspy waists" won't let anything solids through. The...
by darkbrowneggs
Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: first cucumber !
Replies: 8
Views: 1703

Re: first cucumber !

I think you have done really well. My cucumbers have hardly got flowers on yet.

So well done you :salute:

Sue
by darkbrowneggs
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: when potatoes are flowering...
Replies: 10
Views: 1529

Re: when potatoes are flowering...

i've been told by a friend of myums that when the potatoes have flowered i should cut them right down to the ground and leave them for 2 weeks. does this sound right? my guess is that it's meant to send all the enrgy to the tubers rather than the leaves, but don't want to risk it my first time! :D ...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: what to do with chicken?
Replies: 12
Views: 1934

Re: what to do with chicken?

I just made chicken mayonnaise and served with warm boiled new potatoes and a garden salad Make some home-made mayonnaise if you haven't any in the fridge. Cut the chicken into chunky julienne type strips and put on a squeeze of lemon juice and some nice sea salt and black pepper, some sliced spring...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Broad beans
Replies: 15
Views: 2748

Re: Broad beans

My broad beans in the polytunnel are now up to the roof but only flowers as yet. we are off to England for a spell on Monday so I had better have a chat with them so that I can enjoy the delights of bacon & beans. (the runners are just starting to produce - bonus for my neighbour for watering) :win...
by darkbrowneggs
Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How to avoid damping off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: How to avoid damping off?

chickenchargrill wrote:You can use an anti-fungal spray too, camomile tea, or garlic oil both are supposed to work against damping off.
LOOOVE the avatar What a cutie :iconbiggrin:
by darkbrowneggs
Fri Jun 10, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How to avoid damping off?
Replies: 10
Views: 1272

Re: How to avoid damping off?

I might be wrong, but I thought it was caused when you allow the seedlings to dry out too much then overwater.

All the best
Sue
by darkbrowneggs
Sun Jun 05, 2011 10:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Seed Saving
Replies: 4
Views: 799

Re: Seed Saving

There's lots of stuff about seed saving on this site http://www.realseeds.co.uk

All the best
Sue
by darkbrowneggs
Sun Jun 05, 2011 1:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing your own oyster mushrooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 4484

Re: Growing your own oyster mushrooms?

I bought the innoculated plugs and spent ages drilling holes in fresh silver birch logs and sealing them in with bees wax. I had a few - probably 10 oysters from around 100 plugs. I year later I had a big oyster mushroom turn up in the burning wood log pile and picked maybe a couple of lbs, and the ...
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Aga free to collector
Replies: 4
Views: 2049

Re: Aga free to collector

If you have to scrap it you may be able to sell some of the bits such as the lids etc on ebay. - Just a thought :icon_smile:
by darkbrowneggs
Sat Jun 04, 2011 6:17 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chicken breeds?
Replies: 10
Views: 2093

Re: Chicken breeds?

Obviously I think English Cuckoo Marans are the best of all hens, :iconbiggrin: :iconbiggrin: but having said that Warrens are usually an easy care bird, good layers and generally undemanding, and normally quite friendly. There are lots of them about You don't need to pay fancy prices for them Here ...
by darkbrowneggs
Sun May 29, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?
Replies: 42
Views: 19602

Re: Chickens For Meat? - Cost/Breed/Feed?

I havent' actually costed mine, but over the years I have bred for the utility qualities, so not only do they lay a good number of exceptional eggs, but the boys get to 5-6 lbs dressed weight in 24-30 weeks, and then old hens make good eating also The chicks generally come off heat at 4-5 weeks if t...
by darkbrowneggs
Tue May 24, 2011 6:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: My rhubarb tastes salty
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

Re: My rhubarb tastes salty

Its probably a bit late now, but it might have been worth getting someone else to taste it just in case it is something in your diet that is affecting both of you I use very little salt or sugar in my cooking, but just occasionally I really get a longing for it. I can tell when its coming on as I st...
by darkbrowneggs
Tue May 24, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Anyone got any clay?
Replies: 3
Views: 1181

Re: Anyone got any clay?

You could have some and welcome, but unfortunately I think I am too far away from you in Worcestershire.

Sorry - Sue
by darkbrowneggs
Sun May 22, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: grapevine
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: grapevine

RuthG wrote:Does anyone know how to take cuttings from grapevines and what is the best time of year to do it, please?
I just pulled a bit of it down and put a big stone on top, it seemed to root easily and I gave three rooted plants away.

All the best
Sue