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Kitchen Natter / Re: Giant puffball powder
« Last post by Blewit on Today at 13:23 »
Glad it worked for you New Shoot, maybe I'll have to have another go at it.
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Big thunderstorm just now, heading inland!
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Frugal Living / Re: Free and Wild Food
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 11:54 »
We do have a lot of interests on here as well as gardening  :lol:

Foraging, cooking, preserving and brewing/wine making seem to go hand in hand with the growing side of things though.
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Grow Your Own / Re: What is loam?
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 11:51 »
I've moved you over here so more people see your post  :)

Loam is the term applied to growing soil.  People talk about well-drained loam, or fertile loam.  It is your growing ideal - nice soil that turns over well.

Stacks of weedy grass and topsoil turn into lovely loam  ;)  Just turn it green side down and stack into a mound.  It also does well to cover it to prevent weeds growing into the surface.
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Frugal Living / Re: Free and Wild Food
« Last post by lillyjane on Today at 11:41 »
Thanks New Shoot...I'll be taking a look shortly as there's so much going on on this website.
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Grow Your Own / What is loam?
« Last post by peter and jean on Today at 11:29 »
Hi all. It has slowed down a little for the last few days due to (stinky) work but still managed an hour here and there. I have read that if I stack all the grass/topsoil it will eventually turn into loam. What exactly is loam, should it be stacked a certain way and how long does it take to break down? Also can I chuck it all in the compost pile? Thanks P & J
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Frugal Living / Re: Free and Wild Food
« Last post by New shoot on Today at 10:46 »
Morning lillyjane and welcome to the site  :)

There is a brewing bit of the forum, where you will find some ideas.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?board=8.0

Also a group who like preserving - this is 1 thread, but there are lots more around.

http://chat.allotment-garden.org/index.php?topic=124043.0

There are also loads of recipes in the main site.

http://www.allotment-garden.org/recipe/category/chutney-jam-val/

That should give you lots of ideas  :D
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Grow Your Own / Re: Cat-facing in tomatoes
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 10:42 »
In the 'Great Crimson Crush Experiment', there are some really weird toms appearing, most of them quite large too with great black areas near the stem and flower end, which can be carved off...

They had odd blooms as well as stems like tree trunks, and are producing fruits like crazy!
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Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2017
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 10:36 »
 Glad you liked them  :)

I was lucky yesterday! We don't often see unfrozen seabream around here, so when I do see it I treat myself!
Has to be grilled and served with wedges, salad and mayo.
To complete the experience there will be Greek yoghurt with honey and hazelnuts for pud, and not forgetting the vino collapso  :D
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