Latest posts by Welshonion

Supermarket fruit and veg

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 10:30
Oh dear, it is such a minefield. Paid employment in some countries enables children to have a good diet and education. If none of us bought fruit and vegetables from abroad many more people would suffer.

I do try and buy seasonally (no asparagus from Peru, for instance) and home grown, or FairTrade but I have not found a suitable substitute for bananas, lemons and oranges yet.

Funnily enough the spread of mobile phones has been a great driver in many countries as it enables farmers to access markets more efficiently and get better prices for their crops.

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 23:49
I'm sure you are right about Buckthorn, but nobody but you has mentioned Buckthorn. The thread is about sloes, etc. I don't think they can be mistaken for anything else.

Yes, do watch out for the blackthorns, they seem to fester if you get them in your hands.


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:29
We got an almost free Alton wooden greenhouse. We have dismantled and rebuilt it about four times now. Had to replace quite a lot of glass as a result of carelessness and winter storms, but worth every penny the new glass cost.

Lawn damage

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:25
Not crows if there are more than four of them. They are probably rooks!

Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:20
Sloe/blackthorn bushes grow into trees. Not sure what Cangrandmafixit is talking about. Bullace, damson and sloes are all edible.

Sloe and apple jelly is delicious with roast lamb.

Sieving soil - compaction?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:14
Green manure is just plant material, good though it is. Manure is composed of bedding, faeces and urine and is not the same thing.

water borne diseases

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 20:12
No!! Water butts should be closely covered at all times, but that is not because of bees dropping in,

top of canes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:51
Those little yoghurt drink pots are suitable too.

Seed Suppliers who Sell Small Amounts of Seeds

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 23:46
There are some companies that consistently produce seeds that germinate well, and are reasonable in price. If they can do it why can't all of them?

hyacinth bulbs

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 20:56
Prepared bulbs, yes. They need to be in the dark and cool until the flowerhead appears, not just until they sprout. They need to believe that Winter has passed.

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