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by ojay54
Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Polytunnel growing v outside growing
Replies: 27
Views: 4673

Re: Polytunnel growing v outside growing

I agree with the general tenet of all this,in terms of pest control,ease of management etc the tunnel offers a lot.It wouldn't do for me to not garden outside as well.For everyday you get cosy and dry in the tunnel,there's a boiling hot one where you'd rather be outside.
by ojay54
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How big is your fruit cage and what have you got in it?
Replies: 9
Views: 1408

Re: How big is your fruit cage and what have you got in it?

Because of circumstances,dodgy health ,but mostly penury,I've planted the fruit before I put up the cage.I've a row of Gooseberries,then blackcurrants,then maincrop rasps then mixed row of red/white/blackcurrants then a raised bed of strawberries on bales,and finally a row of Autumn rasps.The rows a...
by ojay54
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Show us your harvest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8684

Re: Show us your harvest!

Way to go Tony,saves your back as well. I've had a lousy year,the garden's in a state,and I can barely do anything about it,as yet,but there's always something good.This year,it is Tomato F1 'Sweet Million',Massive,massive crop,great taste,still going strong.I have literally given up weighing them.T...
by ojay54
Sun Oct 19, 2014 3:25 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 30
Views: 6925

Re: rats in the chicken coop

The rats follow the food,so if you feed the chickens just as much as they will eat at one go,(maybe a couple of times a day) you will all but eliminate the problem.If you have half a dozen or so,then I'd consider keeping their feed indoors in airtight metal containers(old Swarfega drums are excellen...
by ojay54
Sat Oct 18, 2014 12:19 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: ISH disappeared!!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 3019

Re: ISH disappeared!!!!!

Never mind,just as long as someone bloody cops it!
by ojay54
Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Rammed by a Ram
Replies: 13
Views: 3195

Re: Rammed by a Ram

I was once bitten by a rampaging badger (I was 8,and walked innocently into a big shed,where it was skulking.) Although I didn't realise it at the time,subsequent experience leads me to be believe that from the rabid glaring look it gave me before sinking it's teeth into my leg and then running off,...
by ojay54
Sun Oct 12, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Mulberries
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

Re: Mulberries

They 're shallow rooted,and may well put up with a bit of root pruning.I've a bit of experience planting mature trees(much,much bigger than this one.)It's all in the aftercare,plant with a piece of flexi pipe at each corner of the pit,going down to the bottom of the rootball. Water through these eve...
by ojay54
Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:40 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Mulberries
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

Re: Mulberries

Seeing as it's a mulberry,12ft?...Transplant it. A good bit of work,but well worth it.
by ojay54
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:31 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Rammed by a Ram
Replies: 13
Views: 3195

Re: Rammed by a Ram

This might be the most unpopular thing I've ever written on here,but here goes. We kept goats at the old place for a good few years.Our billy,replaced every couple of years,ALWAYS joined us as a kid.We handled them continually.Sometimes they still got a bit iffy.I'm afraid to say,I would approach th...
by ojay54
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Harvesting sage
Replies: 4
Views: 946

Re: Harvesting sage

FWITWIf we ever lose anything potted overwinter(chocolate Cosmos springs to mind)it's because I've forgotten to wrap the pots....i.e. the roots have frozen,absolute killer.
by ojay54
Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving pears?
Replies: 10
Views: 2019

Re: Preserving pears?

You can.But you'll never want to eat anything else anyway,ever.
by ojay54
Thu Oct 09, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Preserving pears?
Replies: 10
Views: 2019

Re: Preserving pears?

6 Medium pears. 1 1/2 lbs (yes) coarse sea salt. 8ozs sugar. 2Tablespoons unsalted butter,in small chunks Shed loads double cream. 1)Boiling hot oven,cover pears with salt,just the stalks sticking out.Bake for 60/70 mins,'till tender(prick with fork to ensure they're tender.) 2)Heat sugar with 2 tab...
by ojay54
Wed Oct 08, 2014 8:54 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Latest addition to our family
Replies: 15
Views: 2286

Re: Latest addition to our family

I'm no great cat lover,but Riley definitely has the look of McCavity about him.(in spades)
by ojay54
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Show us your harvest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8684

Re: Show us your harvest!

Sounds like they're worth a try.I get quite a problem here with the fly,do all the usual tricks,only enviromesh really works and I hate that stuff when it's wet.I grew 'Resistafly' this year,they DON'T taste like carrots! My thinking is..the kids will grow them 'cos they're a strange colour' and sav...
by ojay54
Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:18 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Show us your harvest!
Replies: 84
Views: 8684

Re: Show us your harvest!

Firstly,great to hear from you Keith.

I've seen seeds for those purple carrots,and often wondered about them.Taste wise?,ease of growing ?carrot fly?? Advise Please!!