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by John
Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:57 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Red Currant Straining Problems
Replies: 4
Views: 1827

Re: Red Currant Straining Problems

Hello PC98 The problem may be with your recipe. I cup of water to 4lb fruit isn't enough. There don't seem to be any rules on the ratio of fruit to water with jellies but I simply put the fruit into a pan and just add enough liquid to barely cover the fruit then boil to a pulp. As for the cloudy res...
by John
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Controversial diet matters.
Replies: 91
Views: 9838

Re: Controversial diet matters.

Has anyone tried the Scottish Diet? Scotland, a beautiful small European country, is blissfully free of ageing populations. The Scots die young and don't cling on their pensions for decades. What's their secret? The Scottish Diet, an age-old combination low in fresh fruits and vegetables and high in...
by John
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Moths - lack of
Replies: 35
Views: 6425

Re: Moths - lack of

Hi Colin
Very few moths here as well.
Also a noticeable lack of butterflies. This is surprising considering the relatively mild winter and spring we have just had.
John
by John
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Finally got a 'Spiralizer'
Replies: 27
Views: 5240

Re: Finally got a 'Spiralizer'

Does it sharpen pencils?

John
by John
Sun May 28, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Cooking Mince
Replies: 30
Views: 8147

Re: cooking mince

Hello P
Prestige seem to be still in business and have a wide range of spares for sale -
http://www.prestige.co.uk/spare-parts/p ... s.html?p=1
My local DIY outfit sells the rings for the lid and safety valves.

John
by John
Tue May 16, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Tools and Machinery
Topic: 2 stroke starting problems.year 2017.
Replies: 13
Views: 3477

Re: 2 stroke starting problems.year 2017.

Hello R with an H I think what you are seeing on an oily carb is a fuel mx leak. The petrol is evaporating around the leak and leaving the oil. I have a couple of Stihl 2 strokes - chainsaw and strimmer - and they are great. A few pulls and off we go - start well even when engine is hot. I always us...
by John
Thu May 11, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing watercress
Replies: 16
Views: 3930

Re: Growing watercress

Hello P In the warmer months the plants just keep running straight to flower - this is what they probably do naturally - and its difficult to keep the compost wet all the time. I have in the past also kept the seed trays in larger gravel trays half filled with those expanded clay granules such as Hy...
by John
Thu May 11, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Growing watercress
Replies: 16
Views: 3930

Re: Growing watercress

During the winter I grow watercress from cuttings. The cuttings come from the stuff you buy in the supermarket bags. I choose the ends of the thicker stalks (often they already have some simple roots showing) and pot them into small pots or 3 x 2 little modules. They root quickly and then get moved ...
by John
Thu May 04, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Website Help
Topic: Update needed perhaps.
Replies: 16
Views: 2969

Re: Update needed perhaps.

Well I'm all alone here now nobody else is online - not even those nice web crawler chaps that are usually about. I've been here for many years and like some others was here in previous incarnations of the KG forum. It hasn't really ever changed very much in terms of member numbers. Some stay on and...
by John
Mon May 01, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Full blown Spring Bits and Bobs. - 2017
Replies: 313
Views: 30181

Re: Full blown Spring Bits and Bobs. - 2017

Hello tigerb
Nice video here of 45212 in excellent form on the KWVR - very good sound track.
Strictly for steam buffs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cvT96TffyE

John
by John
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Sweet potatoes
Replies: 9
Views: 2203

Re: Sweet potatoes

Oops - ordered some slips a few weeks ago and waiting for a delivery. Doesn't sound as though they are worth bothering with. I'll give them a try as I've spent the money. Always like to try one or two new things each year.
John
by John
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Raspberries
Replies: 2
Views: 1252

Re: Raspberries

Hello Binky Red leaves on most plants is usually a sign of a lack of potassium - though I can't find any reports for this in raspberries. Do you feed your plants? I always sprinkle some good handfuls of fish blood and bone down my row of rasps. This is slow release and will last them for the season....
by John
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: home made compost
Replies: 7
Views: 1910

Re: home made compost

Hello Lynda
Put it somewhere where it will do the most good such as underneath your runner beans, peas or in the lettuce bed.
Only use it for mulching if you have plenty to spare - like most us though you'll never have enough to spare.
John
by John
Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Tips on manure
Replies: 14
Views: 2635

Re: Tips on manure

It looks rotted. What does it smell like? If it smells like a farmyard then it needs storing a bit longer. If it doesn't have any distinct odour then it is well rotted and ready to use. I agree with OH about keeping it away from carrots - they will fork badly if grown in recently manured soil. Use i...
by John
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Cooking tips
Topic: Cooking Mince
Replies: 30
Views: 8147

Re: cooking mince

Hello VM
It has to be a pressure cooker. The old gadgets are still the best.
Cooking times are about 1/3 of normal and flavour is often better.
Our trusty Prestige is still going strong after nearly 40 years and you can still get the spares - amazing!
John

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