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by Ron and Jean
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:17 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Christmas hampers
Replies: 36
Views: 5585

Re: Christmas hampers

What about making individual christmas cakes and getting creative with the icing to personalise them. They would store well, improving with time...
by Ron and Jean
Fri Aug 28, 2009 6:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: I Think it's blight, not sure. Should I just pick it all?
Replies: 15
Views: 1796

Re: I Think it's blight, not sure. Should I just pick it all?

I am having the same dilemma, I am sure there is blight in the greenhouse and it has been slowly spreading for a couple of weeks. I can't bring myself to pick all the green tomato's as they are so much nicer when they ripen on the plant. I feel it is a race between blight spreading and tomato's ripe...
by Ron and Jean
Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What have you used for containers?
Replies: 7
Views: 849

Re: What have you used for containers?

I have grand plans for strawberries and kids old wellies. Will need to be next year now. I have a vision of a patch of boots and the kids picking the strawberries.
by Ron and Jean
Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:24 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Plantain - Stinging nettle stings
Replies: 15
Views: 3294

Re: Plantain - Stinging nettle stings

Plantago lanceolata (lesser) and Plantago major (greater) have very similar medicinal properties and are interchangeable. In Germany they use the root. My kids also make a mini catapult with the flowers of lanceolata...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Aug 17, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: A sunny hello from Scotland!!! anyone else around here?
Replies: 22
Views: 3158

Re: A sunny hello from Scotland!!! anyone else around here?

Welcome from the wet and windy west coast in Argyll. Well at least it has been warm and sunny enough this summer to now be eating ripe tomatos (from the greenhouse). :cheers:
by Ron and Jean
Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Baby vaccines
Replies: 7
Views: 2038

Re: Baby vaccines

We have 3 boys and they are not vaccinated. We found it was more difficult to decide not to vaccinate, as you are going against the advice of the medical profession. You then take on the responsibility if it all goes wrong. In a way it would have been much easier to get them vaccinated. We had to fi...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: what can I still sow/ plant? please advice.
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Re: what can I still sow/ plant? please advice.

What about some salad stuff that will be ready in a few weeks. You could still plant kale or purple sprouting broccoli for the spring.
by Ron and Jean
Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:52 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: What products do babies actually NEED?
Replies: 20
Views: 4763

Re: What products do babies actually NEED?

I would have some fennel seeds to hand and give a tea spoon of weak fennel tea for colic (works wonders and I used it on my 3 boys from when they were a couple of weeks old). Comfrey ointment is great for nappy rash (or sweat rash in those chubby baby folds). It is easy to make and can be used from ...
by Ron and Jean
Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:56 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Identifying plant in my allotment
Replies: 9
Views: 1207

Re: Identifying plant in my allotment

I seem to remember that you can use the pith from the middle as a thickening agent. The pith is definitely edible. The seeds are good as kindling and could be harvested.
by Ron and Jean
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:50 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ishy ways to save money!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2516

Re: Ishy ways to save money!!

I meant hold it to mix it together, not once it is bottled. I was thinking an old style bin would do the trick...
by Ron and Jean
Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:22 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Courgettes again!
Replies: 7
Views: 832

Re: Courgettes again!

I don't have a fritter recipe but have you tried courgette soup. It is great when you have more courgettes than you know what to do with at this time of year. Gently heat the cougettes with butter and olive oil until mushy, blend (i use a hand blender) then add a little bit of water and handful grat...
by Ron and Jean
Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ishy ways to save money!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2516

Re: Ishy ways to save money!!

Sorry to ask but how much do you use per wash? I have 3 boys who love playing in the mud (well not the baby yet but give him a few months and he will be joining in too!). There seems to be a high ratio of liquid to soap. Does it get muddy, grassy, food stained kids school uniforms clean? I have been...
by Ron and Jean
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:18 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Fox proof chicken run
Replies: 7
Views: 4421

Re: Fox proof chicken run

That is an intersting idea. The balance would need to be just so you didn't get freaked out hens. I look forward to hearing how you get on. Good luck.
by Ron and Jean
Thu Jul 30, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomato food
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: Tomato food

We do live on the coast although we are downstream from Glasgow so I am not sure how clean the water is. If I wash seaweed and put that with the comfrey in a big bucket of water (not got a water butt yet) how often do I use the mix. Once a week like regular tomato food or each time I water them? Any...
by Ron and Jean
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomato food
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Re: Tomato food

We don't have a run off from the compost heap as it is a plastic bin with no base. I wondered about using a comfrey and nettle liquid but I didn't want to experiment and get no tomatoes.