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  Topic: prices for boilers with solar cylinder?
Claire70

Replies: 3
Views: 2104
PostForum: Energy Efficiency and Construction/Major Projects   Posted: Fri Feb 08, 13 2:53 pm   Subject: prices for boilers with solar cylinder?
We are planning to have an extension built within the next year, and at that point will install solar panels. But our boiler has given up *now*. (Typical.) So we need to replace the boiler, and as it ...
  Topic: hawthorn berries smell terrible!
Claire70

Replies: 13
Views: 15424
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sun Oct 21, 12 8:13 am   Subject: hawthorn berries smell terrible!
Well, the smell did go away a bit in the end, although there is still a lingering aroma. I strained the fruit overnight and have ended up with enough juice to make about 2 tablespoons of jam, so I thi ...
  Topic: Wartime rosehip syrup.
Claire70

Replies: 23
Views: 24823
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sat Oct 20, 12 7:46 pm   Subject: Wartime rosehip syrup.
have it the consistency of tomato soup.

Ah, that's a good tip. Thanks!
  Topic: hawthorn berries smell terrible!
Claire70

Replies: 13
Views: 15424
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sat Oct 20, 12 7:45 pm   Subject: hawthorn berries smell terrible!
I've just started cooking some hawthorn berries for my first hawthorn jelly - and I have to say that the smell is awful. The closest description I can come to is slightly unpleasant raw fish. My partn ...
  Topic: Wartime rosehip syrup.
Claire70

Replies: 23
Views: 24823
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sat Oct 20, 12 7:51 am   Subject: Wartime rosehip syrup.
But how do you know how much liquid to put in? The recipe said to just cover the rosehips with water, then keep topping up to stop it boiling dry. So that's what I did - by the time they were cooked, ...
  Topic: Wartime rosehip syrup.
Claire70

Replies: 23
Views: 24823
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Fri Oct 19, 12 7:13 pm   Subject: Wartime rosehip syrup.
Can I slightly hijack this thread and ask you good people a question? I'm currently in the middle of making my first batch of rosehip jelly. I've cooked the rosehips and they're currently straining - ...
  Topic: what's eating my sweetcorn's leaves?
Claire70

Replies: 10
Views: 10607
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Jun 18, 12 7:01 am   Subject: Re: what's eating my sweetcorn's leaves?


Sounds like bird damage to me - black bird or pigeon maybe. Brids tend to shred things rather than nibble.

Ah, that sounds feasible. We have lots of pigeons. How on earth do you net sweetcorn t ...
  Topic: yellow rattle for getting rid of grass?
Claire70

Replies: 3
Views: 2001
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 17, 12 8:43 pm   Subject: yellow rattle for getting rid of grass?
Has anyone ever tried to get rid of areas of grass by sowing yellow rattle into it? We have way too much lawn in our garden (actually a mixture of normal turf, couch grass, and miscellaneous other evi ...
  Topic: what's eating my sweetcorn's leaves?
Claire70

Replies: 10
Views: 10607
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 17, 12 8:41 pm   Subject: what's eating my sweetcorn's leaves?
I planted out my baby sweetcorn plants a couple of weekends ago, and something is eating the leaves. I would suspect slugs, but the holes are very long and thin, along the leaves, and don't look ...
  Topic: bolting radishes
Claire70

Replies: 3
Views: 1344
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 03, 12 1:02 pm   Subject: bolting radishes
Lack of water?! With the weather we've had the last few months?!?!
  Topic: How can you tell...
Claire70

Replies: 21
Views: 9421
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 03, 12 12:52 pm   Subject: How can you tell...
On the bindweed issue, what can you do about it if all your neighbours have it too and don't seem to be doing anything about it?? Our garden is just totally infested. I'm doing my best to pull it up w ...
  Topic: bolting radishes
Claire70

Replies: 3
Views: 1344
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jun 03, 12 12:50 pm   Subject: bolting radishes
My radishes are starting to bolt even though the actual radish-y bit is not big enough to eat yet. Any tips on what I can do? They were sown about 2 months ago (or more!) so seem to really be taking t ...
  Topic: Have I been too nice to my plants?
Claire70

Replies: 7
Views: 2689
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 12 3:33 pm   Subject: Have I been too nice to my plants?
Okay, great, I'll try and be more patient then!!
  Topic: Have I been too nice to my plants?
Claire70

Replies: 7
Views: 2689
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 12 1:46 pm   Subject: Have I been too nice to my plants?
Probably about 2 inches on the top, then dug in, in about April.
  Topic: Have I been too nice to my plants?
Claire70

Replies: 7
Views: 2689
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Jun 01, 12 12:04 pm   Subject: Have I been too nice to my plants?
We moved house last year and as our soil was not great, I've been enthusiastically adding manure wherever possible. Now I am getting enormous pea plants with no flowers on them. I just read that could ...
 
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