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by Odsox
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Apricots at the moment, all being dehydrated.
Next week the same will be happening to the black grapes.
Plus slowly picking the dry pods of various beans for shelling and storing. 4 varieties this year, the "multicoloured" ones, Blue Lake haricot, Orca (Yin-Yang) and butter bean substitute.
by Odsox
Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: 'eyup
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: 'eyup

Green Aura wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 7:39 am
Odsox has first place in that league
ME ?? Grumpy ?? and OLD?? :shock: :shock:
Not me, I'm so even tempered you could use me as a spirit level.

Welcome to Ish, Michael. You are among like minded people here. :wave:
by Odsox
Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Snails etc
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Re: Snails etc

No lights - do you think it would work between the two hydrponics units? On a sunny windowsill it wouldn't be necessary for lights. I did mine in a fairly dark shed in winter, with a sheet of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) that floated on the nutrient. I mentioned it in my Ish blog piece .. https...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Snails etc
Replies: 5
Views: 268

Re: Snails etc

Green Aura wrote:
Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:54 am
We still have a fish tank. Any ideas - that don't include fish?
If it has Grolux lights and an aerator you could grow lettuces hydroponically.
I did just that some years ago, easy to do and works well.
by Odsox
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Weird plants
Replies: 12
Views: 4341

Re: Weird plants

Resurrected this thread because I have yet another oddity. One weird tomato, this is a Berkley Tie Dye tomato and this is it's first fruit, which is the result from one of those huge flowers you sometimes get on the first truss. Up until now nothing ever came from those huge flowers, but this time i...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 15, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

Re: What are you harvesting now?

we are in the middle of early winter planting season. Early winter? Surely you are well past mid-winter now. Yesterday was the first pick of maincrop peas, 2 x 20' rows to supply enough peas to freeze for the winter. I picked a kilo (shelled weight) and froze 4 packs. The rows are looking particula...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 438

Re: Plastic Free July

I sincerely hope reusable plastic is OK to have, not only have I several plastic watering cans, I also have one and a half gazillion plastic flower pots, plus seed trays, propagators, wheel barrow, water tanks, buckets, hose pipes, strimmer, mowers, plastic handled tools and two polytunnels. Flo, if...
by Odsox
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Horsehair worms
Replies: 1
Views: 614

Horsehair worms

This is new to me that I thought I'd share. A few days ago when it was a thoroughly wet day something in the middle of my window caught my eye. At first I thought it was one of my missuses hairs caught on the wet window, by watching it, it was obviously alive and mobile. I just remembered to look it...
by Odsox
Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Recycling compost?

I'm not very knowledgeable about blight. We've never had it! We have a blight warning in effect from today, so I will probably get it. But the potato plants have just about finished growing so won't lose any crop. For blight (Smith Period) you need temperatures above 10c and humidity above 90% for ...
by Odsox
Sun Jun 23, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Re: Recycling compost?

I'm more concerned about what else you'd kill, microwaving it. All the beneficial bacteria etc wouldn't survive either presumably. I don't know how they produce potting compost nowadays, but years ago potting compost was always sterilised. Before the "invention" of soil less (peat) compost, I remem...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 12
Views: 1205

What are you harvesting now?

Just loosened the soil from my shallots a day late (plant on the shortest day, harvest on the longest), plus I also loosened the garlic as well. On another thread I mentioned that I had harvested my autumn onions and I have been digging new potatoes for a few months. Other than that, courgettes, cau...
by Odsox
Sat Jun 22, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 1204

Recycling compost?

I have a wheelbarrow half full of spent compost from my potted winter tomatoes. I usually scatter it on any vacant beds, but I was wondering if I could reuse it as potting compost. As it was used for tomatoes it could harbour blight spores or any other nasty spores or pest eggs, but if I were to ste...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 21, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 43
Views: 8392

Re: No plastic

Already sorted Ms Flo, all bones during the winter months get burned on our wood burner, then wood ash and bone ash get spread on the soil in spring. Summer months the bones get baked in the oven and either wait for winter or get incinerated on the next bonfire. We don't do landfill waste here at Ch...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 43
Views: 8392

Re: No plastic

Anyone got an answer Err, no. I'm constantly digging up self inflicted plastic. Lots of very fine fishing line from when I mulched and then dug in fresh seaweed. Also tea bag plastic that went through the compost bin, I didn't realise the "paper" tea bags were lined with plastic. That one is sorted...
by Odsox
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 4982

Re: Summer's coming

Weedo wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:08 pm
It seems winter has finally arrived
It seems summer has possibly arrived here, just in time for the summer solstice.
Nothing extraordinary, just pleasant sunshine.
This is what I have to endure through our sitting room window on days like this.
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