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Scrub clearance

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 09:45

I would be tempted to treat the weeds right now (i.e. today so you have a week for it to hit the roots before you have them cut down)

Let the mini digger remove them next week.

Leave it a week to see if there is any regrowth: treat again.

Then depending on what you're doing with the land and how quickly you can act put down anti weed matting or mulch to stop things reappearing.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 08:21

Fairy; don't start me on leaving doors open! Especially when it's blowing a gale outside and you're paying to warm the house.

My tomato harvests are proving a gentle trickle; ideal really in terms of no glut but it means they are still rarely making it back to the kitchen. Just a quick taste test as I walk by...

I've got some tomatoes outside; apparently they're meant to taste sweeter. I'll let you know if I can taste a difference. Certainly there's no other benefit I can see to growing outside as they seem to need as much water as my pot bound ones in the greenhouse.

Pat; I hope your weather gives you a few sunny days soon. It's looking like a grey grim day here today though I've just seen the weather report for tomorrow when I'll be doing a lot of driving; I'd best pack a snorkel!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 07:29

Morning all. 

Have I told you the most amazing of news? WE HAVE DOORS! 

You really wouldn't start to understand just how  insanely pleasing it is to be able to shut the rumblings of a washing machine away or contain the smell of cooking until you've not had doors for so long. 

Not to mention being able to effectively lock the hound out of somewhere! 

I've also made my final decision on where I want the greenhouses to be relocated too; have pointed out to his lordship that ground work needs to be done before autumn to avoid a mud bath in the kitchen...

... and started staking things in front of his shed as added incentive.

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 10:14
Dovefromabove says:

Congratulations Hosta and Lovely Hub 

Have a lovely day BL and the rest of you 

Still a lovely morning   OH says he'll cut the front lawn today ... I've not really got a lot to do except roast a lovely piece of rolled beef rib ... it's been in the freezer for a while and I need the space for the runner beans and raspberries so we'll have it today and then cold with salads for several days ... that way I get to watch the athletics without too much food prep.  

I will use the time glued to the athletics to knit more woolly hats for Wonky and her brother, both of whom tell me they'll need warm hats this winter 

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 Dove; I brought out a huge pork shoulder joint from the freezer that was so heavily reduced it was silly not to buy it even though it's much too big for the two of us. It'll be slow roasting and sandwiches as I need the space for harvest time!

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 09:53
raisingirl says:

Obelixx says:

RG - what is slippery elm and where do you find it?   Love the idea of suspicious salukis but I expect it can be a pain sometimes.   

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Mm, you get used to it. These two aren't our first two. 

Slippery Elm is a herbal remedy. In the US - where the tree comes from - it is considered a 'proper' medicine. Over here you can get it in health shops like Holland and Barrett - I would guess it would be available in France but haven't ever looked for it there. It's mucilaginous. I take when I get occasional bouts of colitis - it's very effective. Even OH (a herbal sceptic) finds it helps when he accidentally eats something with a lot of wheat gluten in it (he's not coeliac, just gluten sensitive).

You can buy it specifically for dogs (Dorwest Herbs 'Tree Barks Powder' for example), who seemingly can often get mild stomach irritation - possibly from dry kibble but that's just speculation. This mild belly ache doesn't stop them being hungry but makes them reluctant to eat so they can appear to be being picky. The Slippery Elm soothes it. It also tastes quite nice - sort of savoury 'umami' - which helps.

Of course sometimes they are just being picky, which no herb can help 

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 You know I've had it in the cupboard for the dog for years but it's not until I read your comments Raisin that I even considered using it for my own stomach issues! 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 09:48
raisingirl says:

Clarington says:

I find myself arguing with the dog about his being picky with his meals. 

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Have you tried sprinkling a little slippery elm on his food? It sometimes helps. I have a couple of saluki crosses and they are convinced that everyone is surely planning to poison them and will treat every tid-bit with deep suspicion. Even sausages they'll take, then run away, spit them out and sniff them very carefully before actually eating them.  The only things they eat without hesitation are ones they found dead under a bush.  

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 Raisin; slippery elm is a really good additive for when a dog has a rather loose bum (sorry to anyone eating their breakfast!!) Reggies issue is he likes to pick out the favourite bits and leave the rest. I hand make his meals to ensure it's balanced nutritionally and won't upset his stomach issues... but that all goes to pot if he would rather starve than eat it.

Fortunately dog mummy won the battle yesterday. I don't think I'll ever win the war though!


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 23:18

Thanks both. I use the GF website a lot as a base fur my own experiments but when trying to find something different it's always more fun to use a tried and tested receipe rather than a Google search.

There must be so many grandma's receipes lost because we just turn to the internet now :(

Giving unwanted plants a new home

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:04

Or if you don't want the riff raff try

Last edited: 05 August 2017 19:04:13

Giving unwanted plants a new home

Posted: 05/08/2017 at 19:03

Freecycle is good as are local Facebook selling sites.


Posted: 05/08/2017 at 18:38

My blackberry hedges are now producing a measuring jug of fresh ripe fruit every few days. Unlike the tomato harvest these are actually managing to make it back to the kitchen.

Which brings on the question; what can I do with them?

I have them sprinkled across my cereal, I have made ice cream with them (yet to be tested), I'm about to make coulis with them (freezes well in muffin trays for small portions and is great on duck or pancakes)...  but the harvest just keeps coming!

Any suggestions on meals we can make with blackberries? I like the idea of things we can freeze for those cold bitter windy days (like yesterday!!)

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