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by Flo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 7951

Re: Got the Signoff...

Came across this list of wild plants that can be used as food or poison and realised just how much I had forgotten. Knew lots of these when younger but now the ones that stick are ground elder and fat hen (much weeding as they usually grow far faster than you can eat them and may be an acquired tast...
by Flo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 7936

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Why not rejoin the hippy? Makes a change from the steam punk stuff which is a different, younger generation. Anyway I have written up a new year's budget plan taking account of what is not required after doing a household survey. Surprisingly a tight one. I think a bit more cooking from scratch will...
by Flo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:46 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 2877

Re: Using recycled plastic

We can't recycle cellophane locally either. Maybe I should learn to cook from scratch.
by Flo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 7:45 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 9629

Re: Brexit

Now no shouting at the husband as he probably picked the best of a bad bunch at a sensible price. The recycled, environmentally friendly, no peat option locally is twice the price of what he bought.
by Flo
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 2877

Re: Using recycled plastic

That's the hard bit. The stuff that could be useful but which can't be disposed of correctly. Things like biscuit wrappers (make your own did I hear you say), cheese wrapping, break wrappers (was that a make your own I hear you cry), chocolate bar wrappers, sweetie wrappers, seed packets, ice cream ...
by Flo
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brexit
Replies: 22
Views: 9629

Re: Brexit

It's not just seeds .....

Lot of good compost came over from Eire last year. The piles in the local garden centre are well down. Who knows what we shall get for our tubs next year. And yes I do grow quite a bit in tubs to make use of the concrete space.
by Flo
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Blackberry in pot
Replies: 6
Views: 4346

Re: Blackberry in pot

Hah fruitfly you underestimate the blackberry. In my book it comes with nettles and dandelions as something not easy to tame.
by Flo
Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:41 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 2877

Using recycled plastic

As it seems that the stuff is not going to be banished, perhaps we could find ways of using it as a recycled product. I've bought raised bed frames for the allotment made of recycled plastic and they are doing the job perfectly well. The good thing about them is that I can pick them up and move them...
by Flo
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 7936

Self Sufficient 2021

It's my belief that this is going to be essential in 2021 with the way that the UK seems to be heading. Let's ignore the politics and just say that things are going to be hard considering the prospect of months of chaos to come. So best to make a plan for the year and get started a few weeks in adva...
by Flo
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Blackberry in pot
Replies: 6
Views: 4346

Re: Blackberry in pot

I believe that blackberries fruit on second year growth so they are a pain to prune. Well it works with the one in the allotment hedge and yes it does take over the world. As there are plenty of places in my rural area with fruiting brambles it's not something that is essential in the plan for the a...
by Flo
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Jotters
Replies: 1
Views: 1909

Re: Jotters

I typed "jotters uk" into the search engine of my choice and lots of options came up. If you shop online you may well find that what you want is easily available. Of course a good place to look first is WH Smiths if there is one near you as they have a student type stationary offering.
by Flo
Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 41239

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

I shall be self sufficient in the new year in one way as I've an appointment to replace the second knackered knee on - roll of drums - 23rd December. Should be walking well enough by mid March to do the light work seed planting on the plot then. Can't think of a better time to be off the road.
by Flo
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 41239

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Catching up on allotments - plot 2 is now clear and ready to relet. Plot 1 needs some tidying to make perfect but with raised beds in place and full, compost bins in place and full, good variety of fruit bushes in tubs just in need of moving into permanent places, seeds in stock then the growing fro...
by Flo
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 2901

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

Edinburgh Woollen Mills don't seem to be reducing very much locally in the Metro Centre either and it's the only branch that seems to be open in kicking distance of the front door. Even the cheap fleece jackets that I use instead of woollies or for round the allotment or for light weight going out -...
by Flo
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 2901

It really is difficult at the moment

The charity shops are up against sales around the place (January bought forward/closing down sales). It rather takes the effort of the trawl through second hand a bit pointless where the charity shops have fewer racks out.

If it's not on show, the temptation is to hit the sales or not buy.