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  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 20 7:35 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Have spent many unhappy hours trying to get a fire going in adverse conditions; usually wet. When I was a Guide, we used to carry what we called a 'punk tin' which contained dry birch bark and similar ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Wed Jul 15, 20 7:28 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
dpack

I did once spend a winter week on a January Norwegian mountain frozen lake. I worked out that almost all the dead material was absolutely saturated in frozen water making fire lighting a maj ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 20 8:53 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Mullein stalks are good for hand drill.

I started out with bow drill many years ago without a coach eventually getting a coal and much later a flame. Never seemed reliable so tried hand drill. On ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 20 1:58 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
dpack,

Many thanks. I will try again. I've got some pyrites in a drawer in the shed.

When I did try before I tried with true tinder fungus but I think the bits of broken rock smothered the sma ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Mon Jul 13, 20 1:39 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Hi Slim,
I've got some thoughts on the loss of vigour and I've seen similar on my allotment and I think I have got through it. But, can I first ask some questions? Are we talking S. Nigra or S. Nig ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 8:29 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Yeh, it was a little rocky once with the committee a few years back, thinking it was plain neglect. And thinking back I used to have an allotment on a different site where one or two people thought w ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 8:20 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Hi Sgt,
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 8:19 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Hi dpack,

I see you have explored quite a few fire lighting methods. I never found the right set up to get pyrites to work - so far. Any tips?

I took it further by stepping up to teach hand dr ...
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 8:01 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
Hi Slim,

I've got some thoughts on the loss of vigour and I've seen similar on my allotment and I think I have got through it. But, can I first ask some questions? Are we talking S. Nigra or S. N ...
  Topic: White Elderberries???
rich59

Replies: 9
Views: 77205
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 7:50 pm   Subject: White Elderberries???
I suspect the old garden ones were seen as ornamental.

The canal ones suggest they were useful to the canal folk in some way.
  Topic: white elderberry?
rich59

Replies: 24
Views: 158059
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sun Jul 12, 20 7:44 pm   Subject: white elderberry?
Hi dpack,

How long have you been making "port" from your bramble? What quantities do you make? Is it your own recipe? Commercial yeast?
  Topic: Hi from an unusual allotment
rich59

Replies: 25
Views: 208197
PostForum: Welcome   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 20 9:51 pm   Subject: Hi from an unusual allotment
I'd like to say "Hi"!
Unable to escape London, I have at least achieved an allotment. Normal crops I have rarely grown. What I do grow is nettles, elderberries and elderflowers, mullein, blackber ...
  Topic: White Elderberries???
rich59

Replies: 9
Views: 77205
PostForum: Foraging   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 20 9:15 pm   Subject: White Elderberries???
I've been growing white/ green/ yellow fruiting elderberries for some years. Each bush is different in various characters, shape, fruiting ability, taste, especially the wines they make.

I have fo ...
  Topic: white elderberry?
rich59

Replies: 24
Views: 158059
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Jul 11, 20 4:10 pm   Subject: white elderberry?
It's a long story but I'm growing currently about 20 different strains of white elderberry. The main purpose for them is to find the best strains for wine making.

Also have been working on finding ...
 
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