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by jim
Fri May 27, 2011 7:12 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: hayboxing?
Replies: 5
Views: 748

Re: hayboxing?

Dear Mrs F, In the past I've got schoolkids making hayboxes from big cardboard boxes and the packaging that books come in. They were very effective at cooking veggie soups, porridge, rice etc. and the kids had a good time enhancing their understanding of science. Why not try practicing with temporar...
by jim
Sat May 07, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: What to do with lard
Replies: 38
Views: 2480

Re: What to do with lard

Green Aura! I am surprised and hurt!
You've never sampled that great Northern delicacy - Wiltshire Lardy Cake?
Wiltshire!
Wiltshire?
Bl**dy Wiltshire!!!!!

It's Hampshire lardy cake!

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Mon Apr 18, 2011 3:15 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bay Tree
Replies: 18
Views: 2765

Re: Bay Tree

Dear Missy, I know it's 8 months away, but we always bring in branches of bay (and Rosemary) as a Christmas decoration. The whole house gets scented by them. The leaves dry out over the 12 days and we pop them in jars for use in the early part of the year. The twigs get used as kindling on the woodb...
by jim
Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Got my allotment yesterday!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 925

Re: Got my allotment yesterday!!!

And just at the right time of year too ..... Have fun,

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: growing herbs for teas
Replies: 28
Views: 3453

Re: growing herbs for teas

Dear Becks,

Told you to be VERY careful with the nutmeg! However, like I said, a little nutmeg or cinnamon enhances herbal teas. (If you overdo the nutmeg just make sure no one mentions technicolor rhinoceroses in your hearing.)

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:16 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: growing herbs for teas
Replies: 28
Views: 3453

Re: growing herbs for teas

I know you can't grow them here but a little nutmeg or cinnamon gives an extra dimension to any herbal tea. (Be very careful with the nutmeg!)

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Asparagus - yes!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 2484

Re: Asparagus - yes!!!

Playing in the garden yesterday, weeding, tidying, putting in french beans etc. when I noticed the asparagus bed. Couldn't believe it! Big fat spears, seven of the bu**ers. That's a month earlier than usual.

Is it because March was so warm and dry?

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:43 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Swallow watch 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2974

Re: Swallow watch 2011

Another this morning. Alone and very high up, above the Wickham Rd, flying straight and determinedly westward. No fancy aerobatics, just purposeful.

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:42 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Swallow watch 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2974

Re: Swallow watch 2011

Sunday afternoon, above Singleton in Sussex, (Hat Hill) just the one heading purposefully westward!

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: 3 Rod Plot any good?
Replies: 10
Views: 1216

Re: 3 Rod Plot any good?

Dear Mortimer, It used to be said that a 10 rod plot would keep a family in veg - including spuds, and they take a lot of room - all year round. However, the five rod plot we had on the Wickham Rd site kept our family of five pretty well, although we never had enough spuds for the whole year. With c...
by jim
Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What to do with grass mowings
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: What to do with grass mowings

I just use the clippings for mulch, but then there isn't a lot of cut grass Each week throughout the season I mow and spread the cuttings on one of the raised beds. As I have 8 raised beds it takes a couple of months before they get another dose and the previous one has thinned considerably by that ...
by jim
Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:05 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: So there go our woods and forests
Replies: 54
Views: 5177

Re: So there go our woods and forests

Dear Oldjerry, Yeh, been there too. Currently working with Transition to squat derelict council owned land as a community garden, another bit of a gesture I know. I do agree with you people, may not be inherently good, but evolution has ensured that we are inherently social and I think if you take a...
by jim
Fri Feb 25, 2011 8:49 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: So there go our woods and forests
Replies: 54
Views: 5177

Re: So there go our woods and forests

Dear oldjerry,

Emma Goldman just asked me to pass the message that she and Rosa Luxembrg aren't coming to the revolution unless there's singing and dancing,

Love and Peace
Jim
by jim
Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: So there go our woods and forests
Replies: 54
Views: 5177

Re: So there go our woods and forests

Grahamhobbs wrote: I'm cynical, the Tories backed down because their people in the shires started screaming, but they will be deaf to the ordinary people screaming about the NHS being broken up for privatisation, rising unemployment and cuts in benefits to the poorest. and I certainly agree. Just re...
by jim
Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:31 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread Pudding
Replies: 18
Views: 1717

Re: Bread Pudding

Dear Mrs Moustoir,

Never tried a savoury version. What do you put in it?

Love and Peace
Jim