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  Topic: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
dpack

Replies: 14
Views: 537
PostForum: Reviews and What's On   Posted: Sun Mar 24, 19 4:08 pm   Subject: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
the ones we have here seem to be small numbers of angry gammon , a few footie types, some street fash totally a few to a few dozen led by old hand political fash activists.

afaik the french ones ar ...
  Topic: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
dpack

Replies: 14
Views: 537
PostForum: Reviews and What's On   Posted: Sat Mar 23, 19 5:38 pm   Subject: New Book - The Sustainable Smallholders' Handbook
Over here, the French just dont understand why we are determined to leave as to most people the uncertainty both financial and security wise is a major threat. They are mystified. BUT, I have to say ...
  Topic: Wildlife
dpack

Replies: 228
Views: 63615
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri Mar 22, 19 6:54 pm   Subject: Wildlife
the sammison sagas continue with some happy news of several new members of the family.

fousands of em.
not quite, maybe half a dozen it is hard to tell until you get to know them by name but they ...
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 19 7:27 pm   Subject: Exciting news
wise words.
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 19 2:40 pm   Subject: Exciting news
wet or dry the feel, colour and smear can be quite educational.
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 19 12:20 pm   Subject: Exciting news
give each patch a rub between your fingers. is it gritty, slimey, dusty, compacted into hard clumps etc.

does it contain a decent amount of organic matter?

the pH thing is easy to test and easy ...
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Thu Mar 21, 19 2:08 am   Subject: Exciting news
not wishing to be intrusive but

A what do you plan on growing first?
B can we have a look at your soil?
and
C could you get your paws on a soil pH test kit? they are cheap and easy to use, th ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

Replies: 5379
Views: 1080242
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Mar 20, 19 4:05 pm   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
did you find any broom ?

if so now is about the time to cut it for a nice flexible "bristle"
  Topic: Bacon chop anyone?
dpack

Replies: 9
Views: 204
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Mar 19, 19 9:38 pm   Subject: Bacon chop anyone?
not quite to the stage of no face meat in the shops they do seem to be getting funded so somebody sees that it has potential.

at a guess the tech is similar to growing a chunk of liver or a cornea ...
  Topic: Bacon chop anyone?
dpack

Replies: 9
Views: 204
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Tue Mar 19, 19 3:56 pm   Subject: Bacon chop anyone?
there are a few endangered species that are delicious, if a tuft or scrape can give the correct flavour and texture of the real thing im up for biopunk sharkfin soup for those who like it ...
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 19 9:58 pm   Subject: Exciting news
now is good then it will be ok for summer/autumnish feeding

it is a bit smelly but that drops off as it gets nearer to ready. a lid helps a lot .
  Topic: Exciting news
dpack

Replies: 154
Views: 61297
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Mon Mar 18, 19 1:36 pm   Subject: Exciting news
green nettles and comfrey are an ace addition to liquid feeds.

stuff them in a barrel with the soil, bfb, chook muck, dead rats or a pigs head etc etc fill it up with water, put a loose lid on and ...
  Topic: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
dpack

Replies: 5379
Views: 1080242
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Mar 17, 19 11:03 am   Subject: ... the sky is baby blue, and the just-unfurling leaves ...
most modern gas or oil and even wood pellet heating boilers do not function without electricity

ie leccy out, all out

depending on the cause of the outage there is a fair chance that if ...
  Topic: Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
dpack

Replies: 10
Views: 293
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 9:25 pm   Subject: Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
mersey docks and harbour board and little lambs eat ivy was a recurring addition to their signs
  Topic: Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
dpack

Replies: 10
Views: 293
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Fri Mar 15, 19 7:50 pm   Subject: Oats and Beans and Barley Grow
that seems vaguely familiar, oats , beans ,barley ( no peas as i recall )

i had probably met it in the 1960's from a primary school song book that was maybe printed in the late 30's early 40's. ...
 
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