The downside of raising animals...went out to put the hens away last night and a fox had already got the lot. We are really fed up now. But, we will not be deterred - lessons have been learned - they MUST go away well and truly before dusk and we need to get an electric fence.
The children really want to get some that are at point of lay - they are growing impatient. Anyone know anyone that has got one or two hens for sale at this stage?
Added by Sue P on June 28, 2009 at 8:33 —
I came across an interesting post on the Net today. All sorts of stuff about the impact of our eating habits. Click here to read it
Added by Alan Smithee on June 27, 2009 at 9:29 —
Researchers for Which magazine have discovered that some prepacked salads can contain a higher number of calories than a burger and fries......read the details on the BBC site
Added by Richard on June 25, 2009 at 9:45 —
I've just got to say that my tomatoes this year are really responding well to a dose of comfrey soup - I can't recommend it enough! Everyone should be making some - its cheap if not free and environmentally friendly - just chuck some leaves into a bucket, cover it with water and get a little boy to wee on it. Leave, covered (it really stinks) for 6 weeks, strain through a rockpooling net, and hey presto you've got the best plant food ever! Apparently it works with stinging nettles too, which I… Continue
Added by Sue P on June 21, 2009 at 19:43 —
I followed advice and got some of Longdown's Warrens - and very friendly they are too! Unfortunately, we have now discovered that we have a slightly ferrel local mog and had a rather distressing day when we discovered one chicken gone for good - poor Brenda. Anyway, we are moving on and replaced her with another two - Vera and Margaret who are new sisters to Audrey and Barbara. Don't laugh - they are named after my Mum and her sisters!
We've built a pen for them, but , as they are… Continue
Added by Sue P on June 21, 2009 at 19:39 —
Sandra (my partner) and I went on a course last week at the Countryside Education Trust
in Beaulieu to learn how to make an Earth Oven. The experience was brilliant and, together with the other 8 people on the course, built two large ovens in two days. We learned how to mix up the 'cob' (clay, soil and straw) to the right consistency - with our feet! And we all enjoyed the communal experience and satisfaction of making these simple but wonderfully effective… Continue
Added by Richard on June 21, 2009 at 11:06 —
Apparently, its really hard to grow apple trees from seeds, BUT, almondlike seeds in pits from peaches, nectarines and apricots can be kept, dried and removed to be planted. Choose the best tasting fruit to take your seed from and in 3-5 years you could be growing and harvesting your own fruit. Take a look at this website:
Added by SarahF on June 19, 2009 at 10:30 —
Hi. my chard is now looking great - big fat leaves and red stem. Do I leave them to grow taller or should I cut them when they are still quite young and presumably not so tough? Also my leeks in their pots are beginning to divide, but are still looking like threads - when on earth do I put them in the ground?
Added by Debby Lockey on June 15, 2009 at 14:32 —
Here's a really interesting experiment - seeing if someone can survive solely on wild food in an urban setting....
Anyone like to try it in the Forest?
by Becky Lerner
Living on Foraged Wild Foods for a Solid Week in the City
Day One: The temptation of free pizza is no match for curiosity
Day Two: Pineappleweed tea, baked burdock root,… Continue
Added by Richard on June 14, 2009 at 9:00 —
I have recently revived a raised bed at my daughter's nursery and I am unsure about the safety of feeding the children veg grown in it.
The bed had not been used for about 10 years and was over run with bind weed. I have dug out all the bind weed (took hours and hours!) and found all kinds of rubbish in the soil, for example plastic bottles, tin cans, plastic bags, toys, bricks, lengths of metal piping... About two bin liners of rubbish in total. So basically it had been used as a… Continue
Added by Louisa Greenbaum on June 10, 2009 at 12:01 —
We have had a few weeks of plants , home muffins, hay bales, wild flowers from gardens and all sorts of recycling being sold at the local eco market outside Timber! in Ringwood every Saturday am. Now that the plant stalls are in a lull waiting for the veg to be ready we will take a break for a few weeks. WE NEED MORE VEG STALLS! when we start up again so that we can attract more people and catch people's interest. SO get growing and book your stall on 01425 483505. When your veg is ready we'll… Continue
Added by Wendy Morrow on June 8, 2009 at 11:39 —
Did anyone notice the plea from a lady in Lymington, regarding allotments, in this week's A&T?
Apparently there is a waiting list of 86 for allotments in Lymington and Pennington!
I have found this BBC article from 2008 which quotes that if six or more people approach their local council, and tells it that there are no allotments near their homes, the council has an obligation to at least consider the… Continue
Added by SarahF on June 2, 2009 at 12:00 —
Well, its the first time I have grown them, and they are now getting big enough to harvest. They seem to grow by the day, but I am still not sure what to do with them!!! Does anyone have any recipes which include kohl rabi?
Many thanks, Sarah
Added by SarahF on June 1, 2009 at 11:11 —