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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Next few years, maybe...
« Last post by Goosegirl on Today at 13:25 »
Growster - why not contact your local MP and also anyone else in office who could be useful in conservation issues including the Green Party. It would also be useful if you can find someone to translate the docs into plain English so you can get a better idea what it's all about. We were incredibly fortunate to have someone on board whose job included the management of land and sea and, without this person and our brilliant but ex-MP, I don't know where we'd be. How does the landowner feel about it all?
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Grow Your Own / Re: Windowsill herb garden
« Last post by Goosegirl on Today at 13:15 »
Herbs do well when they're regularly harvested as it encourages them to produce more leaves. If you nip off the stems from basil it will produce more side-stems therefore won't be as straggly and you'll get a better crop. All your seeds may not germinate so see what comes up and then thin out the seedlings so they're not all packed together or they may get something called damping-off which is a result of them not having enough air around them.
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Next few years, maybe...
« Last post by Stewarty on Today at 12:55 »
I'm under the impression that councils have a statutory duty to provide allotments where there is demand, and that allotments cannot be taken away without permission from the deputy prime minister's office (though I don't think we actually have a deputy prime minister at the moment -  my impressions go back to issues that came up when John Prescott was the chap we would have had to appeal to).
But even if that's the case I recognise that it would be a huge wrench to have to relocate from a well-husbanded plot and start again on virgin territory carved out of a field inconveniently far away. I'm also 71, and a bit creaky, and loss of our present site would be a massive blow.
We're in Oxford, where the council claims to be allotment-friendly, and our local Federation of Allotment Associations has constructive quarterly liason meetings with the Parks Department. In the movements toward planned building on pockets of land all the allotment sites are currently exempted  -  though my wife rents a field for horse grazing on land which is grassed-over landfill, in the green belt and part of a wild-life corridor, and that is listed for possible building.
Every time I go to our site, which has 2 vehicle entrances and 3 grass roads between the plots, I imagine the site as a plan for a very desirable inner-city housing estate. Even if each house was given a whole 10-pole plot it would yield about 200 houses, so the money potentially involved must mean that there are developers fantasising and salivating. Given that so much of what goes on in our city seems developer-driven one has to worry a little....
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The Hen House / Re: Worming Ducks
« Last post by Love my chooks and ducks on Today at 12:54 »
Thank you for the advice LILLILEAF, I'll contact the firm I get the wormer from  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 11:40 »
Iím like a bird, Nelly Furtado
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 11:37 »
Sausage hotpot & like madcat if it stops raining Iíll fetch sprouts from the plot if not will be last weeks broccoli from the fridge( thinking about it Iíd better use it up,so thatís saved me a job 😄)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 11:11 »
As the weather is so dire, I'm thinking of cooking a batch of pasties - one for tea, some to freeze.

There's some mince in the freezer, plus I've still got loads of Christmas cheese, so might do a few cheese and potato as well as the usuals  :)
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by madcat on Today at 10:59 »
We've had to do that too.  But it helps to reduce the calories consumed a bit.  The diet approach is just not to cook quite as much or serve quite as much, so there is a bit less on the plate.  Then when we have got used to that step it back again.  The problem is the tendency for quantities to drift back up ...  :unsure:

Anyway, tonight is a pork, leek and apple slo cooker, with little potatoes cooked in with it.  If it stops raining I might fetch some sprouts, otherwise runners from the freezer.
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Yup! Same as you 2, persisting it down, I've run out of milk for tea but not going out in this  ::)
Sachets of cappuccino will do for now ..
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: song link ups
« Last post by madcat on Today at 10:52 »
 :lol: :lol:  Moving swiftly (pun intended) on ....

Birdie Song - The Tweets  (stretching it to a double?)
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