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Design and Construction / Re: Irrigation/drip watering systems
« Last post by Lardman on Today at 19:04 »
Surely that rule doesn't extend to hoses connected to water butts  :wacko:  couple of butts couple of battery powered pumps get some head pressure and way you go.
In the last month the Origami Bank has folded and the Bonsai Bank has cut back some of its branches. In today's news we are hearing that the Sumo Bank has gone belly up. Karaoke Bank is up for sale, apparently it's going for a song.
Kitchen Natter / Re: Let the squirrelling begin!
« Last post by snowdrops on Today at 18:42 »
We had a serious clear-out of our two freezers on Sunday...

Two binbags of old toms, pumpkins, squash and other stuff went straight into the bin! Elder daught had instructed us!

It was a cathartic experience, especially as some stuff had been there for two or three years, and so we've done the deed!

So what happens? A visit to MandS in T.Wells brings home a ton of stuff to fill the gaps, but doesn't it all look fabulous now!


It has to be done sometimes, but Id have added them to the compost bins.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Its time for a re-think me thinks
« Last post by madcat on Today at 18:08 »
There is a lot to be said for a nice comfy shooting stick!  Light to carry but easy to prop up on ....

And I don't see the problem with the odd pogo in your 60s!   :ohmy:  If I can rock it out .... and OH can jig his way through a folk weekend ...  It just means you take the ibuprofen for the aches in your bones and not the steamhammer in your head ....  :wub:
Chatting on the Plot / Re: What's for tea? 2018
« Last post by madcat on Today at 18:01 »
More left over chicken here .... so cold chicken with beetroot and courgette gratin, steamed cabbage and couscous for OH.
Grow Your Own / Re: Bud grafting onto mature trees
« Last post by Lardman on Today at 17:21 »
Yep shouldn't be a problem, it is essentially a 2 step process.  First you need the bud graft to take then you need the bud to break, on larger branches the final process is hampered by the hormones passed back from higher up the branch.   Where have you failed with grafting scions? If I can manage it with my fat fingers anyone can.

You'd do best to T bud around now if you can , plenty of examples on youtube, have a look at woodys alloment, stephen hayes , Nazar Nasir  and skillcult. Once the bud has taken next spring you can either try to notch the tree force it to break or cut the limb off above the graft.

You could also try top working the trees, cutting everything back over winter and grafting onto the water shoots the following year but it's higher risk.

Grow Your Own / Re: Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 16:51 »
Could also have been the extra few days you gave them  :unsure:

Chatting on the Plot / Its time for a re-think me thinks
« Last post by Aidy on Today at 16:27 »
I believe that age may finally be catching up with me  :(

At this years punk festival and after 4 days of walking from stage to stage, up n down steps, drinking beer my mate and I had to sit down for a while and we talked, our feet had given up, "will we be doing this in another 15-20 years"? my mate asked.
At that moment a chap probably in his 60s walks past with a walking frame on wheels, we looked at each other and thought yep, but we need one of those.
It was then decided we will get one with a seat on and just pretend we cant walk ???

Kitchen Natter / Re: Let the squirrelling begin!
« Last post by lettice on Today at 16:20 »
Did my first patch of passata yesterday.
I just with a little sizzling olive oil in the bottom of the pan, put in a load of San Marzano tomatoes cut into quarters bring to the boil and simmer for about an hour, stirring now and again. Nothing else, keeping skins on.
Blitz in a blender and divide between freezer trays and freeze for a few hours.
Out come the trays, pop out the cubes into a tub for the freezer.
Just take a few cubes out when needed and put straight into the cooking pot.

A little journey of some of them on the plants and picked this year and my freezing method.

Grow Your Own / Re: Tomatoes won't redden!
« Last post by Aidy on Today at 16:19 »
I had this problem in mine was also hanging green for ages, again heard about the sun, tried the old trick of hanging banana skins up in th greenhouse, coincidnce? Not sure but hey they ripened fairly soon after! and now a greenhouse full of ripe toms.
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