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by lancashire lass
06 Aug 2007, 11:49
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Foraging
Replies: 12
Views: 3897

Rowan jelly! For lamb and game (but not tried it myself) But, I did make rowan berry sherry. It goes a delightful rose pink colour when you soak the berries, but don't do what I did - I kept "tasting" the water and it was .... watery. So I decided (to toss the recipe to one side for a mad ...
by lancashire lass
03 Aug 2007, 14:15
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Foraging
Replies: 12
Views: 3897

I confess I do have a book which I used a lot when I first started hedgerow picking: "Wild Food" by Roger Phillips and that gives you description, some uses and recipes, and some interesting historical facts if you were interested. Photos also good if you were in any doubt about it being e...
by lancashire lass
03 Aug 2007, 08:31
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Foraging
Replies: 12
Views: 3897

... forgot to mention also

rowan berries!
by lancashire lass
02 Aug 2007, 14:17
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Own up - who looks in skips? !!
Replies: 31
Views: 8422

I can update the wheelbarrow scenario - my friend was given a wheelbarrow for the allotment which he gratefully took. Only afterwards did he realise that it was only the rust keeping it together. Well, the bottom finally dropped out, and I now have a wheel for my skip rescued barrow!
by lancashire lass
02 Aug 2007, 12:53
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Foraging
Replies: 12
Views: 3897

elderflower/elderberry hawthorn rosehip dandelion chestnut (in my local park) mushrooms (Penny Bun & Shaggy Ink Cap only - because they are so distinctive and easy to recognise, otherwise I don't touch anything else) crab apple (I only know of one tree and its location is a closely guarded secre...
by lancashire lass
02 Aug 2007, 08:30
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: Beware vegetarians of 'meat' in your calabrese!
Replies: 8
Views: 2141

... the hazards of home grown food I'm afraid!
by lancashire lass
30 Jul 2007, 09:52
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: count your blessings
Replies: 10
Views: 2913

I was going to try and sow some spring cabbage, kohl rabi and turnips in peat pots about now to give them a boost before planting those out in some of the gaps that have appeared on the allotment where things came out a bit earlier than anticipated. I was also going to experiment with sowing some on...
by lancashire lass
27 Jul 2007, 15:19
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: count your blessings
Replies: 10
Views: 2913

count your blessings

I share an allotment plot with a friend who always sees disaster, doom & gloom in everything he does. It can get very depressing, but to be fair, he does seem to have had his fair share of onion rot, clubroot and blight. But so have others, including myself. It can be disheartening to find some ...
by lancashire lass
25 Jul 2007, 15:40
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: Own up - who looks in skips? !!
Replies: 31
Views: 8422

This week I have been prowling the streets round where I live like a territorial scavenger, desperate for lengths of wood to make raised beds on my allotment (its a tad boggy at the moment!). I kept going by one skip where I spied skirting board and in the end I decided to brave it, stop and ask! Th...
by lancashire lass
25 Jul 2007, 14:17
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: They were meant to be cougettes
Replies: 3
Views: 1497

last year I left some of the marrows (long green bush type) on the plants and then harvested them in September I think. The skin hardened off a little, and basically I stored them like other squashes and used them over the winter. I was still ploughing through marrow by end January along with the pu...
by lancashire lass
25 Jul 2007, 14:02
Forum: Frugality and Self-Reliance
Topic: paper potmaker!
Replies: 12
Views: 4695

Hi Ged,
for a picture, will this address help? ^b:

http://www.selections.com/GF988/paper-pot-maker
by lancashire lass
19 Jul 2007, 14:38
Forum: Keeping Chickens and other Poultry
Topic: HELPFULL HINTS
Replies: 14
Views: 3764

do you not have a Wilkos near you? I'm always amazed at what they do have. :)

As for helpful hints on chicken keeping, you are all giving me wonderful ideas. :idea:
by lancashire lass
18 Jul 2007, 11:11
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Labelling on food
Replies: 7
Views: 3714

Hi Mo, So sorry to tell you, but I'm almost certain chocolate brown patches on green leaves is unfortunately the first stages of blight! You can either dig them up, or at this early stage, I've been told you can chop the plant to ground level and leave the potatoes in the soil. I decided to dig mine...
by lancashire lass
18 Jul 2007, 08:53
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Labelling on food
Replies: 7
Views: 3714

I was made redundant 2 years and it took me nearly 5 months to get another job. Unfortunately I was only able to find a post that pays significantly less than what I used to earn, so I decided to grow my own fruit and vegetables to at least cut down on my shopping bill. I would like to say this has ...
by lancashire lass
13 Jul 2007, 13:28
Forum: Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
Topic: clay soil
Replies: 4
Views: 1677

Lime is the chemical most used to break down the clay properties. It is very effective. Follow the instructions as you can overdo it and change the pH of the soil too much. You can add compost to the soil but not manure in the first year, as there can be a chemical reaction releasing ammonia which b...