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by Odsox
Tue May 26, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: First test for new greenhouse

Jolly good, I'm glad it survived intact. :cheers: All OK here too, just one apple tree has scorched leaves on the windward side. Oh, and our front house windows were opaque with a coating of salt. But the windows are now clean as our Monday (not a bank holiday) weather was gentle soft rain all day w...
by Odsox
Fri May 22, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: First test for new greenhouse
Replies: 8
Views: 290

Re: First test for new greenhouse

Well it was pretty windy down here last night, and still is, and supposed to be like this for another 24 hours.
But, so far everything has survived, including all my aerials.
Very nice looking greenhouse, I really hope it still looks like that tomorrow.

Are those tomatoes inside?
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 17
Views: 7035

Re: Pineapples

Yes I know that, but that's after they've been cut and transported halfway around the world.
OK, I'll rephrase the question; how do pineapple growers know when their crop is ready to harvest? :iconbiggrin:
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 1
Views: 134

Re: Growing runner beans

No it won't harm the bean plants but it will make them sprout side shoots, so be prepared for that.
You can even make them grow like dwarf beans by continuing to take out the growing shoots above the flower trusses, but as you pointed out you will get fewer and shorter pods.
by Odsox
Thu May 21, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 17
Views: 7035

Re: Pineapples

Well I think my pineapple fruits will be a bit on the miniature side, which is not really surprising as they are still in tiny squat 6" pots. If the fruit tastes good, and if they grow offsets when I have harvested them, I might have another go with decent sized pots. I presume I will know they are ...
by Odsox
Mon May 18, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Probably a little late for rationing but...
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Probably a little late for rationing but...

I remember rationing, but like Flo I was raised on a small farm, or large smallholding (about 15 acres) and so apart from no chocolate or sweets didn't affect me much at home. Where it did affect me was school dinners and has affected me for life as we seemed to have lentil hotpot incessantly, and t...
by Odsox
Mon May 18, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Experimentalish
Replies: 26
Views: 4066

Re: Experimentalish

Yes that sounds like something I would have said. :iconbiggrin: Our climates are probably very similar, in that here we get more cloudy days than sunny ones. I have found that it's ideal for growing tomatoes as they seem to like mild, humid, cloudy days (so do runner beans) and are not keen on brigh...
by Odsox
Mon May 11, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 83
Views: 36654

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Perennial broccoli. Almost more than I want already... Yes, I have the same problem with Calabrese broccoli, they just keep producing more spears. And :iconbiggrin: some fool keeps planting more. Started digging this season's new potatoes last week, I should have enough planted successionally to ke...
by Odsox
Thu May 07, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Empty supermarket recipes
Replies: 43
Views: 4926

Re: Empty supermarket recipes

Yes broad bean plants are hard to kill and will keep on re-sprouting. I have never left them for more than one more crop, but I suspect they taper off eventually, otherwise it would be common practice. Sprouting BB seed is fairly fast, about 2 weeks I seem to remember. Soak overnight to start with a...
by Odsox
Tue May 05, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Rusty tools
Replies: 30
Views: 11709

Re: Rusty tools

A sickle's the thing on the CCCP flag. Can't think of another example :shock: :roll: :lol: So what did you cut grass with up in your neck of the woods? We used a scythe which was for quality lawn type grass, and a bagging hook (sickle) for rough grass and nettles. All of this of course was before a...
by Odsox
Tue May 05, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Rusty tools
Replies: 30
Views: 11709

Re: Rusty tools

I have 3 tools that were my grandfather's, a flat hoe, a sickle and a mattock. The mattock is such a quality item that it must have been a very expensive item, given that it must be at least 80 years old, and apart from a new handle is as good as new. By the way, what name do you call a sickle? It s...
by Odsox
Wed Apr 29, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self Isolation
Replies: 75
Views: 9243

Re: Self Isolation

Me too Flo, or more to the point it's not really any different to my normal life. As I saw quoted somewhere recently, "you can tell how anti-social you are by the lock-down not making any difference".
Well that's me. :lol:
by Odsox
Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Empty supermarket recipes
Replies: 43
Views: 4926

Re: Empty supermarket recipes

I used to sprout a lot of alfalfa once upon a time. Lovely in lots of ways, but favourite was in cheese sandwiches.
Haven't done any for years, although I did sprout some peas when I saved too many a year or so ago.
Broad bean sprouts are rather nice too.
by Odsox
Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 12
Views: 1681

Re: Seed saving

Flo wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:29 am
Odsox, how many years do we have to follow the saga of the F1 tomato? Could be interesting as a scientific experiment.
Well that depends on how many more years I've got. :lol:
by Odsox
Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 12
Views: 1681

Re: Seed saving

One thing that I not sure of is the F1 tomato that I like. I intend to overwinter rooted side shoots to grow on next year. I know they will be exact clones of the parent, but after many years of continuing the process will I still have an exact clone of the original parent, and not a case of a photo...