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by Flo
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 9584

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: 7
Views: 5503

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: 2404

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: 44791

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: 44791

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: 3610

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: 3610

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.
by Flo
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path
Replies: 22
Views: 12747

Re: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

Green Aura wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:32 pm
I still can't persuade him to decorate though!
Had one like that in the past - he was a dab hand with a sewing machine though so swings and roundabouts.
by Flo
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path
Replies: 22
Views: 12747

Re: Useful tips for starting on a self sufficientish path

If self sufficient is being able to provide for all our basic needs as the dictionary suggests - food, clothes, shelter, heating ... I'd say most of us have grown well away from being anywhere near self sufficient event at a basic level. My grandparents and parents were OK for a lot of food producti...
by Flo
Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Supporting the Economy
Replies: 17
Views: 8082

Re: Supporting the Economy

My spending is now on lock down. No more shoes than needed (did have to laugh as one of the neighbours is challenging me for an over full supply she says, we laughed). No more gardening stuff needed after the splurge on raised beds. Couple of cash presents for 25/12 but other than that - sorry high ...
by Flo
Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Cushion COVERS
Replies: 1
Views: 2496

Re: Cushion COVERS

Could be a case of make your own covers perhaps? Sounds a bit harsh just saying that - cushion covers are something I've always been able to manage so maybe I could say it more gently.
by Flo
Wed Nov 18, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Getting the fundamentals right
Replies: 8
Views: 3481

Re: Getting the fundamentals right

Flo is busily taking stock of her store cupboard with regards to both tinned and dried. Also has a seed box ready for next season on the allotment.The allotment I'm keeping is beginning to look much more future productive. The fruit offering is well expanded into black currants and cherry trees in t...
by Flo
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 9905

Re: Got the Signoff...

Oh and learn to grow vegetables that make for easy cooking - no good growing things which take a lot of fancy cooking and add to the heating bill or are a real pain in various parts of the anatomy to grow.
by Flo
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 9905

Re: Got the Signoff...

Go on walks round your area in time off and spot any fruit trees languishing in hedges - crab apple for instance and sometimes hedges have real apple trees in them. Have a look at recipes for using rose hips and haws (hawthorn hedges seem to be common up here anyway). Get to know people who have fru...
by Flo
Mon Nov 09, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Got the Signoff...
Replies: 22
Views: 9905

Re: Got the Signoff...

All you need are decent growing seasons. If the weather is against you - problems. Are you any good at foraging to help you with the food production?