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by Flo
Mon May 12, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: down at the allotment and in the garden what are you up to
Replies: 695
Views: 158819

Onions, shallots, garlic all showing well, lettuce, calabrese, spinach for baby leaf, swede and purple sprouting broccoli just showing, first of peas out of pots into bed with canes and netting, runner beans nearly big enough to plant out, two courgette plants on the enormous compost heap, radish, s...
by Flo
Mon May 12, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The great High Street debate
Replies: 13
Views: 4405

The great High Street debate

I live in a small town, small high street, one sort of supermarket, very small selection of shops such as estate agents, electrical appliances, newsagent, Greggs outlet, takeaways which don't cover all you need, prices not bad. However, half an hour by bus or car is one of the large shopping malls w...
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 4:59 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: New Year's resolutions?
Replies: 25
Views: 3380

Could we start considering resolutions for next year then as I haven't made any for years? Or can we start New Year on a different date?
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Does any1 have any idea hw 2 get rid of 30yrs worth of roots
Replies: 19
Views: 5016

Did you find anything interesting or useful as you cleared that jungle?
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 reasons to love Freecycle
Replies: 42
Views: 17804

Freecycle let me have a major clear out of furniture that I bought with me that didn't fit the flat and ornaments enough to start a junk shop oh and a mirror that had been in daughter's cellar since Noah built the ark but which was in excellent condition. Ah downsizing and clearing up after a hoarde...
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:54 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 143435

Oooooooops - ran out of compost on allotment for planting out and pot filling - had used all the ready made on site stuff :oops: So I had to get a delivery. Pot filling? Well not all the allotment soil is fit to use at moment (think stony clay) so am growing stuff in tubs on planks and the spent com...
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:35 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wasted food
Replies: 48
Views: 10105

Poverty is a great cure for waste. Obviously we live in a country where a lot of people have too much money? :?

Nothing gets to its best before date here anyway. Haven't the cash to spare for that sort of thing.
by Flo
Sat May 10, 2008 7:15 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Wild bee decline 'catastrophic'
Replies: 36
Views: 7503

I'm still getting the allotment into shape for wildlife such as bees. We are bird friendly but the flowering plants are few and far between at the moment. Sage, lavender and rosemary are all in place and second year with apples, crab apple, pear and plum new this year. I'm getting flowering plants i...
by Flo
Mon May 05, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: We have an allotment!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2279

Ah the first year can be a slog getting things just so. I'm a year and two months in and am glad to have stuck out the first year and managed to get it all bottomed in the winter. To all you newbies, good luck and good gardening weather, may you have good crops, green fingers and no pests. :thumbrig...
by Flo
Mon May 05, 2008 6:57 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 143435

I bought a plant on Saturday but as it's a herb for spicing up food, I count it as not new but something to eat. Is that ok? I plan to buy something on Tuesday - a wotsit for the daughter to hang her necklaces on but it is in the charity shop window so it isn't new and she has wanted one for a bit. ...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: To be properly green, you will tie women to the house
Replies: 63
Views: 16948

Hamster got the discussion into context then. It's nice to see people choosing to stay at home in order to run the family and house. And no you should not have to justify the decision you have made. When I first posted, the thought at the back of my mind was that two generations of women in my famil...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 6:50 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: How to shop without buying anything
Replies: 34
Views: 8551

You miserable people not liking shopping. I love shopping. BUT I only go shopping when I have decided that I just must have something. Makes all the difference. I know what I want and how much I can afford to pay for it. And if it is sitting in the charity shop that's fine - if comes up on freecycle...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: To be properly green, you will tie women to the house
Replies: 63
Views: 16948

To be properly green, you will tie women to the house

As a child I lived the very green life in the 50s and 60s. We had no dustbin collection as we lived in the middle of nowhere on a farm with not a community tip within 100 miles. Consequently we had to deal with all our own rubbish. The only thing that we could not reuse or recycle was the tin can. W...
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:24 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: The problem with carrier bags
Replies: 34
Views: 15054

Trouble is that paper carrier bags cost considerably more than plastic bags for shops. Also they disintegrate in the rain. :cry:

As most of the world couldn't give a toss about waste or the environment it seems, plastic bags rule ok for 90% of the consuming world :roll:
by Flo
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Can I "not buy anything new for a year?"
Replies: 162
Views: 143435

I mentally joined this idea last Sunday as it seemed to be a good day - the start of a week. I set down the rules for buying as being food, cleaning items, shoes because I have very wide and deep feet with the proviso that I can only replace two pairs this year at the most (come on I do work on the ...