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by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: growing potatoes

Ah.. What a great idea.. I see it now. The Grow bag is cut so it resembles a W (sort of kind of) I might in fact borrow that idea although I did splurge and bought about six re-usable bags from Amazon... But I can always return them...
by BernardSmith
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: growing potatoes

I've heard of people using a grow-bag cut in half. Imagine the bag flat on the ground in front of you; make a cut through the upper surface half-way along (ie divide across the short axis) leaving the underside intact to keep the halves together. Lift up the (cut) middle and readjust the contents s...
by BernardSmith
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: growing potatoes

:dontknow: Tires... Hmm.. but the only tires I have are on my car. That's not true. I have tires on my bicycle too but those are quite narrow gauge and I really need the tires on my car. ... Removing tires from my neighbors' cars does not seem like a very friendly act..
by BernardSmith
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: growing potatoes

Thanks for your thoughts. Much appreciated. Given the very consistent view that the box would likely to disintegrate I have modified my plan and will line plastic crates with burlap and so make a kind of "grow bag" for the potatoes. That should give me an effective growing height of at least 25 cm. ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 629

growing potatoes

I am thinking of using cardboard boxes as growing pots for this year's batch of potatoes. Anyone tried this before? Is this a crazy idea?
by BernardSmith
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2770

Re: Tidying up with ...

But I think this conversation highlights the fact that today we have so much "stuff" in our lives. Sure some "stuff" might come in useful who knows when . Other "stuff" we get so attached to that even when it is so battered to be almost useless we still cannot stomach the idea of recycling or cannib...
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1455

Re: Our new world diet?

Both your argument, Odsox, and Weedo's cannot be dismissed and need to engaged with but the key point, I think is that our present approach is fundamentally unsustainable given the need to feed the population of the world we have; given the rate at which this population reproduces; given our increas...
by BernardSmith
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 1455

Re: Our new world diet?

I guess my reading of the report is very different from yours. It suggests that a sustainable diet for the population of our planet is to move away from meat and to move to legumes and grains. You want to focus on rice.. that's your call but grains and legumes is the key, not specifically rice and i...
by BernardSmith
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

I was thinking more like companies like CubeSmart (I have no connection with them - other than passing one when I travel from the Bronx to Manhattan) https://www.cubesmart.com/new-york-self ... f-storage/
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 1012

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

Not sure what they cost but there are lots of storage units in NYC that you rent. I would assume that there are similar numerous units throughout London too.
by BernardSmith
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?
Replies: 3
Views: 1748

Re: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?

I guess I am a little confused by your question and concern, JT101. If you ferment fruit sugars and produce an alcoholic drink such as cider, even at 6% ABV this will naturally keep for months, if not years, as long as the seal on the bottle is good and does not permit the passage of air into the bo...
by BernardSmith
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Please, how do I make Blaand?
Replies: 27
Views: 12768

Re: Please, how do I make Blaand?

Resurrecting this very old thread and while I don't have an authentic recipe for blaand I do make something that must resemble this old crofters wine. (Talk of buttermilk and oak casks seems to me to be focused on the wrong end of the telescope). You make your cheese and you boil the whey that is le...
by BernardSmith
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The courgette glut
Replies: 10
Views: 2141

Re: The courgette glut

Just bottled my courgette (zucchini) wine and got 7+ bottles from about 4 kilo (8 lbs) from 3 very large squash. Wine is straw colored and bright and clear. I back-sweetened this so that it is just off dry (you need to stabilize the wine before you can add any sugar otherwise any viable yeast still ...
by BernardSmith
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Scrumping From Neighbours
Replies: 2
Views: 805

Re: Scrumping From Neighbours

I agree. The cost of knocking and asking is zero, and the possible benefit is great. What's to lose? ... and an offer of a gift of apple sauce or a bottle or two of cider or apple wine... That's perhaps a win all around.
by BernardSmith
Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hoppy mead
Replies: 5
Views: 2231

Re: Hoppy mead

OK, so I was able to bottle this mead last night - filled 9 beer bottles worth. Not particularly "bitter" (I had deliberately boiled the hops for only 10 minutes to avoid extracting acids). The hop flavors are good and quite pronounced. I had used Citra and Centennial and I am getting bright fruity ...