I have grown spinich in a small garden at Blackfield. Today I picked some for tea and found that some leaves were grey at the edges. The taste was not as good as I had expected bitter and chemical tasting.
Does anyone know the reason and what I can do.
Added by Tracy Merchant on May 21, 2009 at 20:11 —
Hi everyone, I've managed to overcome my fear of blogging (thanks Liz and Jonathan) so I can let you know how my seeds are doing:
I've put the leeks in small pots and at the moment they look like pieces of string defying gravity.
The chard went straight into the ground about 3 weeks ago and I can now tell which is weed and which is chard - the chard has red stems and the first leaves to come through are crinkly as you would expect. Now I have to think of weeding.
The baby… Continue
Added by Debby Lockey on May 20, 2009 at 20:19 —
Does anyone know of the best way to control mares tail? its rife on my new allotment...and keeps comming back...!!!
Added by Paul Fulford on May 19, 2009 at 15:13 —
I'm finding breakfast the hardest thing to source locally. If we have cooked breakfast, say eggs on toast, that's fine - eggs from our chicks & home made bread. If we're in a bit of a rush (quite often), it's back to cereals - I enjoy muesli, but him indoors is a definite weetabix or Shredded Wheat kind of guy. Neither of us tend to drink tea or coffee with breakfast during the week - we both like the "zing" of orange juice to wake us up. Any suggestions on how we can "localise" our… Continue
Added by Ali Reeves on May 19, 2009 at 12:52 —
In Febuary 2009 we were offered some ground to grow some vegetables as part of a landshare. The couple from Lymington were finding looking after the land was getting harder so in exchange for some of our produce and labour as occasionally required in their garden I turned the lawn from this....
and finally as of last night to this....…
Added by Simon Parffett on May 18, 2009 at 21:45 —
Come on then! Have you planted yours yet? Have they germinated? Are you reaping a harvest??? Has anyone got any pictures of their squash seed seedlings to upload? Sarah
Added by SarahF on May 18, 2009 at 17:49 —
Networking Event for Community Food Projects in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight
The next Fresh Ideas Network regional event for community food projects will be held on
Monday 29th June, 10.00-15.00 at the Wessex Conference Centre, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 2NF
The theme will be ‘The Four A’s of Food Access: Availability, Affordability, Awareness and Acceptability.’
The day will include presentations, workshops and networking activities.
Added by Louisa Greenbaum on May 18, 2009 at 10:35 —
Hello all, this is my first post, so I hope to speak in the future to share or get useful hints & advice about local food, veggie grwoing and cooking.
We have a rampant raspberry plant - I dug up 20-30 runners on Sunday (10 May) if anyone is interested. I'm afraid I dont know the variety, apart from then fact that they are summer (as opposed to autumn) raspberries, so should fruit next year on this years canes if planted soon .
Let me know if you want any -… Continue
Added by Stephen Chapman on May 11, 2009 at 10:30 —
I've just bought a hen house - and I think I want bantams - any comments? Will they eat my vegetables if I let them loose in the garden? Know any good breeds?
Well, thanks for all your advice - I've got three hens from Longdown and they are LOVELY! They are only 7 weeks old so won't lay for another 9 weeks, but in the meantime they are great company. I'd still like a couple of fluffy bantams for fun - if anyone knows anyone with some Pekin eggs I'd be interested as I can get hold of… Continue
Added by Sue P on May 8, 2009 at 17:30 —
Does anybody know where we can buy local flour for breadmaking. I make bread every week and normally buy either Wessex flour (from Danestream farm shop) or Leckford flour from Waitrose, but would love something more local if it is available. I believe Eling Tide Mill sell flour, but do they have any outlets apart from having to travel all the way to them from Barton on Sea.
Added by Ali Reeves on May 7, 2009 at 13:26 —
Well, I have heard that its good to plant some species together, as they will benefit each other. I have bought 6 small marigolds, which I think help prevent green and black fly, BUT, where do I plant them so they will be most effective? Which of my vegetables are likely to come under attach from the flies?
Also, someone was talking about comfrey the other day. What does that help? And where is it best to plant?
Do you know of any other good 'couplings?'
Added by SarahF on May 5, 2009 at 11:02 —
We started our more localised shopping last week.
We are family of three living in a flat in the centre of Pennington. My wife is called Sarah and my five year old is called Madison.
Previously we have spent too much time in the supermarkets and next to nothing we ate was local to Hampshire although I have always tried to stick to as much UK produce as possible. I guess in part due to a mixture of not knowing the best place's to go and also because the farm shops tend to be shut… Continue
Added by Simon Parffett on May 3, 2009 at 19:41 —
Well, I know there is no real definitive answer, but just wanted to see what your view was?
Are we talking just in the New Forest area?
Anything grown/reared in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight?
What about those living near the Dorset or Wiltshire borders?
Are we better to make it 50 miles from our doorstep?
Or is that too small an area to start off with? Do we start with 100 miles, and then work out the problems, then begin to reduce????
May be you are just happy… Continue
Added by SarahF on May 1, 2009 at 12:23 —