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Grow Your Own / Re: frost
« Last post by victoria park on Today at 00:53 »
My only casualties were 2 or 3 volunteer potatoes from last year, that are left purposefully as an early barometer of soil temperature and depth of frost, before I get rid of them.
Fleece is my friend.
Grow Your Own / Re: 'No-dig' gardening
« Last post by Luiska on Yesterday at 23:28 »
I think al78's post brings some common sense into this discussion. We grow crops to eat, not to try and emulate nature in our back gardens or rented plots

I would imagine that growing crops to eat is the primary reason most would give for having a rented plot (though not a garden, perhaps) but I'm not sure how true that actually is. You only have to look across an allotment - there are around 200 plots where I have mine - to see that growing veg for food is not just, or even mainly, what it is about. That would be a bit like saying that the purpose of painting is to cover a canvas with paint. That is the end result, but it is just not what it's about.

Why do people cling on to plots that they are not looking after (in my opinion, anyway)? Why don't they weed or compost or even water? Why do they come so seldom? And yet they get in a state when the field sec. suggests they shape up or ship out. They are obviously getting something out of it that isn't even an end product in some cases. While other people - and they are usually quite fervent about it - get their biggest thrill out of emulating nature (to varying degrees) in their growing practices, even if the basket of veg at the end is a bit holey and spotted and small. (Hide the Roundup - and the spade!)

I'm finding the variety rather fascinating. 
Cooking, Storing and Preserving / Re: Bread the stuff of life
« Last post by DanielCoffey on Yesterday at 22:29 »
CompostQueen - when you email an image from your iPad to another computer (or to yourself on that same iPad), you can resize the copy before sending it.

Open Photos, select the image(s) and then select Mail. Look to the right of the CC/BCC line where it says "Images: X.XMB". Tap that and you can then select from "Small/Medium/Large/Actual Size".

I hope that helps?
Grow Your Own / Re: Butter beans
« Last post by AnneB on Yesterday at 21:51 »

 I find I run out of freezer space, which is why I dry mine

Me too  ;)
And me too x 2
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by mumofstig on Yesterday at 20:34 »
Still waters run Deep - the Four Tops 
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Ripen at home?
« Last post by oldgrunge on Yesterday at 20:28 »
My wife and I refer to them as " rot at home " .😂
Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by oldgrunge on Yesterday at 20:26 »
Shadow Captain - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Grow Your Own / Re: 'No-dig' gardening
« Last post by gobs on Yesterday at 20:21 »
Many might also find that allotment committees do not like it either, if you emulate nature on your plot...
Chatting on the Plot / The mystery of watermelons
« Last post by gobs on Yesterday at 20:17 »
These. Horrible in the shops.

Why? Anyone knows?

For they are a fruit already in its storage box, dead easy to transport. How come they cannot get some ripe ones in season from the continent?
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Ripen at home?
« Last post by gobs on Yesterday at 20:13 »
They won't. Only certain types of fruit ripen off the plant.
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