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help needed ?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 15:37

This is the thread Little-ann referred to 

Broad bean burn?

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 13:18

A farmer's daughter and sister here - will that do?    We regularly grew Field Beans which look like broad beans on the family farm.

They are harvested when they are dried, the pods blacken naturally and begin to shrivel - yes they do look burnt, but they're not.  The pods turn black as they dry.

They will soon be harvested with the combine harvester - the dried beans will go through a series of riddlers (shaking sieves) in the combine harvester to separate them from the bits of pod, stalk and leaf (haulms).  

The dried Field Beans go to the millers to be ground down to a flour and added to animal feed - they are high in protein.  The haulms are usually baled and they go for winter stock feed a bit like hay.  My herd of dairy goats ate a lot of bean straw in the winter as they need a lot of roughage. 

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:46

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:41

One of the frogs in our pond tried to eat one the other day - he spat it out looking a bit aggrieved and the wasp crawled away looking a bit dishevelled 

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 12:08

I love that Steve 


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:29

OH swears by First Defence and staying off public transport!

What peas are the best

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:19

We had a thread last year on things we would or wouldn't grow again - I'm pretty sure there were some pea varieties on there - I've bumped it up for you 

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:18

Bumping up for Bekkie


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:14

Oh Clari - rest, rest and more rest, lots of water to drink, lie on the sofa with rubbish telly on so that you can go to sleep and a hot toddy at bed time. 

If you've got the energy to do it safely, put some steaming hot water in a bowl with a couple of drops of Olbas oil - put a bathtowel over your head and inhale deeply.

And rest, rest and more rest. 

((virtual hugs only))  I've got a social life happening this weekend 

Wasps - such useful creatures

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 11:10

We know that wasps help us in many ways, including preying on insect pests, but they can be useful in other ways too ............ 


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