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by Green Aura
Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:06 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 24160

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Yes, it's a shame local authorities don't do more to encourage things like community gardens or allotments, which might help a lot of folk through times of need and give back a bit of self worth. I got seriously told off by a friend, a few years back, because I took the list I'd been given at the su...
by Green Aura
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Allotment the 2nd
Replies: 31
Views: 6771

Re: Allotment the 2nd

Think of it as a gift for someone else, rather than a failure. It might help someone without any gardening knowledge to get into growing their own.
by Green Aura
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 32
Views: 10375

Re: Pineapples

Go on, bung it in some soil. :lol:
by Green Aura
Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 121
Views: 47082

Re: What are you harvesting now?

Batten down the hatches, Tony, and keep safe.
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Supporting the Economy
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: Supporting the Economy

I try to support the local economy, as far as I can. We buy a (mainly) locally produced veg box and local cheese and meat. Clothes almost always come from Ebay, secondhand - prices have noticably gone up since lockdown so I'm guessing a few people have discovered the delights. Apart from new raised ...
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 121
Views: 47082

Re: What are you harvesting now?

We sow our tomatoes, peppers in the first few days of the New Year, in heated propagators, Viper, to give them a head start. We have such a short growing season up here (we're definitely into autumn now) so we need to grab every bit of sunshine - and we often have lovely weather Feb/March/Apr. We on...
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:03 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 32
Views: 10375

Re: Pineapples

I'm tempted. Very tempted.
by Green Aura
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Pineapples
Replies: 32
Views: 10375

Re: Pineapples

I'm so pleased it was not only edible but good. I think it was a great experiment - it was an attractive plant, although I couldn't tell how big it was and something tasty at the end of it.

Is that the plant done now, or will it produce again next year?
by Green Aura
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 121
Views: 47082

Re: What are you harvesting now?

My tomatoes are nearly finished! We grow shortseason ones though - autumn is well on its way up here.
Courgettes nearly done too.
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 17, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 24160

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

I'll keep a close eye on the beans. She did seal them in a water bath. I hope she doesn't have any problems - it'll put her off for life. :roll:

They're cheaper for her at the moment, ina - she's using my store cupboard beans and electricity. :lol:
by Green Aura
Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 62
Views: 24160

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

My daughter is trying to work out how she'll manage on her bursary, come January, so has been practicing making more stuff from scratch. Yesterday she made and bottled six jars of baked beans.

So proud! :lol:
by Green Aura
Thu Aug 13, 2020 6:38 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: A newbie oldie!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2335

Re: A newbie oldie!!

Welcome to retirement Weedo. Although I've slowed things down a lot over the last couple of years I do keep wondering when I get a week off, like my still working husband and daughter, who think a break from work means they don't have to lift a finger!
I hope the knee recovers soon.
by Green Aura
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2447

Re: Help with identification please

They're presumably not ripe yet. Quince are yellow and sweet when ripe aren't they?
by Green Aura
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Help with identification please
Replies: 15
Views: 2447

Re: Help with identification please

Those definitely look like apples - young russets? Or it could still be some kind of pear, I suppose. I was a bit foxed by the leaves as they don't seem to have the fine serration but on a closer look some of them do. It might help to take one of the fruit and have a look inside. I still can't expla...
by Green Aura
Wed Aug 05, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 7
Views: 1665

Re: Fermenting time again

I don't use any sugar. I've lost my taste for highly sweetened things so erythritol is just about right (it's about 60% the sweetness of sugar and doesn't affect blood sugar etc). The downside is it doesn't have the preserving properties of sugar, although my chutneys last several months without any...