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by Westi
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Reducing allotment plot sizes
Replies: 8
Views: 66

Re: Reducing allotment plot sizes

Give them no treats to entice! It is a great hobby but there is a cost with tools, sheds & stuff. I got my plot on an unused back row with nothing & had to save & buy the extras like a shed & fencing. That made it more mine & more valuable & precious. Some of my neighbours wh...
by Westi
Tue Nov 19, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: How would I check soil for contamination?
Replies: 8
Views: 83

Re: How would I check soil for contamination?

Not sure the no dig would not be contaminated as well. Initially would be OK but if contaminates are leeching down they will quickly soak through the cardboard layer & contaminate the expensive compost on top. Go with OH & contact the environment agency for advice.
by Westi
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
Replies: 8
Views: 100

Re: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

I have so many cook books it is a bit embarrassing! Funnily some are in pristine condition, like Muddyboot68 loads of Jamies rarely looked at, there is a couple of Delia's with the odd spot on the page from recipes tried, only one page from Nigella's smeared. What I do now is go online - seems bette...
by Westi
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Readers Recipes
Topic: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver
Replies: 8
Views: 100

Re: 5 Ingredients Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

I've got a few of his books, some of his recipes are great but I have had some fails as well. Jamie at home is probably my most used. I haven't bought a cook book for ages so will have a look for it in the bookshop. Welcome to the forum btw!
by Westi
Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Parsnips, looking good
Replies: 3
Views: 76

Re: Parsnips, looking good

Looking good Stephen! Mine are pretty erratic, even some I tried in the potato sack things are forked, but have some good ones as well but yours look much bigger.
by Westi
Fri Nov 15, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Composting
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Composting

Oh Primrose I do hope I find my potato peeler next year! It's a fave! I was moaning about my compost today as having to buy in compost for bed top ups as using pallet compost bins on the plot built for me by my lovely & helpful neighbour, but I think they are too big as 2 pallets long! Hard to c...
by Westi
Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Ask the team
Topic: First crops to sow during/after winter?
Replies: 9
Views: 172

Re: First crops to sow during/after winter?

Hi Elmigo! While waiting for that magic time, you can get your garlic cloves in trays, along with onion & shallot sets on a window sill. You should still be able to get some & probably reduced! These guys can just sit it out looking like they are doing very little but come the longer light t...
by Westi
Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:51 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Composting
Replies: 10
Views: 243

Re: Composting

It is all so confusing! Only yesterday I got a package from 'A' with the plastic pillows to protect the contents. (Not breakable contents). It's the first time I noted the very pale green recycling sign on them. It's a big leap from recyclable to compostable though, & I find it hard to believe i...
by Westi
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 47
Views: 710

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

I saw a post on FB & their plot was 6' underwater. They lost some chickens but rescued some as well & they report their ducks are very happy. The biggest worry to me would be contamination as it would be to most of us who grow to eat. When is it safe after the water is gone?
by Westi
Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Weeds, Pests and Diseases
Topic: Leek Miner?
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Re: Leek Miner?

The RHS says maybe? The miner gets in the stems, but the cause of death of the plant is secondary infection and rot. I have leek moth which at least you can keep out with mesh put on when planted & kept on until the 2nd breeding season is over in October.
by Westi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 456

Re: Bay Leaves

So Geoff I'm still potentially facing death? Although mine doesn't look like real Laurel either - Whew! I'm sure we are all growing proper bay. Would be great though to get a definitive article in the KG magazine on Bay. It is a well used flavouring & we wouldn't want any new growers finding a l...
by Westi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Drying winter squash seeds for eating
Replies: 3
Views: 54

Re: Drying winter squash seeds for eating

I also thought the same Primrose & tried roasting the seeds from the ones I harvested. Total disaster & nearly lost a tooth! (Just a slight exaggeration)! I didn't once consider there would be specific varieties, but I find myself looking for varieties with small seed cavities as I like the ...
by Westi
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.
Replies: 47
Views: 710

Re: Late Autumn Bits and Bobs.

Today I cleaned out the shed! Would have looked weird to a non grower dragging boxes out with a rake but there are some pretty big spiders putting the 'Home Sweet Home' sign out! It took ages both in the squealing & running lark, but the amount of "I'll keep it, might be useful" stuff ...
by Westi
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:30 pm
Forum: Harvesting Q&A
Topic: Bay Leaves
Replies: 14
Views: 456

Re: Bay Leaves

Robo, you make me laugh! To my knowledge I'm still alive - although others might debate that!
by Westi
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: The avocados keep avocadoing...
Replies: 17
Views: 1174

Re: The avocados keep avocadoing...

Looking good Elmigo!

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