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by vivienz
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Can anybody explain this behaviour?
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: Can anybody explain this behaviour?

Time for a citizen science project! I'd go along with Westi's suggestion of a few different coloured ones and see if there is a preference. Very interesting. Last summer we had some ants make their way into the office at work. They went up onto the desk and found a neglected mint humbug wrapped in c...
by vivienz
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Tool Porn.
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

Re: Tool Porn.

A thing of beauty.
by vivienz
Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Hungry gap kale frittata
Replies: 5
Views: 1106

Hungry gap kale frittata

I bought a bunch of hungry gap kale at the market last weekend, more out of curiosity than anything else, as I've never tried it before. Very nice it is, too. I had also bought a bag of lovely plump romano peppers, so sweated these off with a leek whilst giving the kale a quick soften up in a pan of...
by vivienz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Wilkinsons seed potatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Wilkinsons seed potatoes

Thanks, both, I shall take the plunge. Good idea about the potato sacks, Westi, I will have a look for them as well.
by vivienz
Sun Jan 27, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Wilkinsons seed potatoes
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Wilkinsons seed potatoes

Evening all, I was in Wilkinsons yesterday and saw that they have seed potatoes and onion sets in. The seed potatoes seemed really cheap at £2.50 for 2kg, with a reasonable choice of varieties. Has anyone tried these? I'd like to chit some now in the hope of getting my raised beds sorted out in the ...
by vivienz
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Growing Advice for beginners
Topic: Starting a no-dig kitchen garden from scratch
Replies: 24
Views: 6582

Re: Starting a no-dig kitchen garden from scratch

Can you tell us a little more about your Charles Dowding weekend, please, Stephen? I'm getting to the stage with our new build when most of the outside work (for me) will be done and I can finally start thinking about getting my no-dig beds set up so that they can overwinter nicely and be ready for ...
by vivienz
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Autumn bits and bobs
Replies: 293
Views: 29315

Re: Autumn bits and bobs

Green figs poached in a light syrup are wonderful on their own, even better with a dollop of Greek yoghurt. I do envy you!
by vivienz
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Technical Data
Topic: Help fruit flies !
Replies: 4
Views: 1724

Re: Help fruit flies !

I think a big batch of chutney making may be the best bet. I never seem able to totally get rid of them in my kitchen as there is always fruit of some sort around. A couple usually happily kill themselves overnight if I leave a wine glass with a drop in it on the kitchen counter overnight.
by vivienz
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock
Replies: 156
Views: 10786

Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Lovely looking birds. To my shame, I've never knowingly eaten duck eggs. Not due to any aversions but I have simply never got around to it. I've read descriptions that they are like chicken eggs but more so, but never really understood what this means. How would you sum up the difference between the...
by vivienz
Fri Oct 05, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: cheese
Replies: 55
Views: 7508

Re: cheese

I'm no fan of mild cheese but hubby loves those nasty little Babybel cheeses. Whenever I try one, all I can taste is the wax coating. But then, he also loves dairylea triangles and all the own brand equivalents. A few weeks ago I went to the annual Sturminster Newton cheese festival and had one of t...
by vivienz
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Your (meanest)/most economical gardening habits
Replies: 16
Views: 1946

Re: Your (meanest)/most economical gardening habits

Indeed, Primrose. I've already sussed out the nearest local supermarket where I can scrounge loads of old cardboard boxes from to put down onto the earth as the base for my no dig beds.
by vivienz
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Sad horse chestnuts
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Sad horse chestnuts

Autumn is early this year, but more so for the poor horse chestnut trees. I've been shuttling from one end of Dorset to the other most days since the start of the summer working on our house build, and I usually love seeing the trees turn to their autumn colours. Vitually all the horse chestnut tree...
by vivienz
Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Your (meanest)/most economical gardening habits
Replies: 16
Views: 1946

Re: Your (meanest)/most economical gardening habits

We demolished the old bungalow we're building our new house on and all the old roof rafters have been kept and set aside for my raised beds. Strict instructions were issued that if anyone touched my timber, they would be feeding my new fruit trees from below the soil after I planted the trees on top...
by vivienz
Tue Jun 19, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018
Replies: 128
Views: 16153

Re: Early Summer bits and bobs - 2018

Holy cow, Tiger, couldn't you just have worn leggings if you wanted purple legs?

Seriously, though, I hope there's no lasting damage to you or whatever you did it on.
by vivienz
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:59 am
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: brown strawberry flowers
Replies: 2
Views: 1632

Re: brown strawberry flowers

Thanks, Geoff, it looks like there is a bit of the 'clover phyllody photoplasma' going on. Just trips off the tongue, doesn't it? It is on some of the older plants, but I shall let them live for the moment until their now regular berries have been scoffed, then get rid of them. There's no point nurs...

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