• https://twitter.com/MichaelRosenYes/status/1480664420946780164?s=20
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  • Found this whilst flicking through Instagram https://www.pensforkids.co.uk/ Wish I'd known when I recently had a clear out of a lot of pens and pencils and didn't know what to do with them. Eventually gave them away via Freegle.
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  • I know it's an old one but topical: One day a florist went to a barber for a haircut. After the cut, he asked about his bill, and the barber replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The florist was pleased and left the shop. When the barber went to open his shop the next morning, there was a thank you card and a dozen roses waiting for him at his door. Later, a policeman comes in for a haircut, and when he tries to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I cannot accept money from you, I’m doing community service this week.” The cop was happy and left the shop. The next morning when the barber went to open up, there was a thank you card and a dozen donuts waiting for him at his door. Then an MP came in for a haircut, and when he went to pay his bill, the barber again replied, “I can not accept money from you. I’m doing community service this week.” The MP was very happy and left the shop. The next morning, when the barber went to open up, there were a dozen MPs lined up waiting for a free haircut!
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  • https://www.scooploop.com/thread/saw-this-and-thought-it-was-a-lovely-idea-green-job-fair
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  • I have tried this a few times and it's really quick and easy with no faffing around with churning. I found it on the BBC channel. Ingredients ½ a 397g can sweetened condensed milk 600ml pot double cream 1 tsp vanilla extract Method STEP 1 Put the condensed milk, cream and vanilla into a large bowl. Beat with an electric whisk until thick and quite stiff, a bit like clotted cream. Scrape into a freezer container or a large loaf tin, cover with cling film and freeze until solid.
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  • Photos of a tripe butchers we saw in a town in Italy recently. I have never tried it and don't intend to as just the look puts me off. We don't see it over here now do we? Have you ever tried it ?
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  • https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/aug/30/stephen-review-steve-coogan-leads-the-quest-for-justice-in-lawrence-case Did anyone watch this 3 part series about the Stephen Lawrence murder with Steve Coogan playing the detective who reopened the case? I've only watched the first as I'm on holiday but I found it powerful. Will watch the rest on catch up.
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  • Hope this Instagram link works. This charity does fantastic work saving food from being wasted. Wonderful to see growers donating fresh produce and enthusiastic volunteers picking and transporting it. https://www.instagram.com/p/CSJ7_VyIpIQ/?utm_medium=share_sheet
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  • Anyone had great success with their fruit and veg? Or sadly any failures? So far had a good crop of autumn sown onions and garlic, in fact the onions grew a bit too big and some bolted but generally a success. Broad beans were not bad though did suffer a bit with blackfly and something else eating them. Potatoes seem to have done well. Courgettes are good and squashes pumpkins and cucumbers coming along. Failures: climbing French beans decimated by something eating them. Have sown more straight into the ground. Lettuce and rocket has been good. I don't know what went wrong with my sweetcorn, it's only grown a metre and looking very puny and sick though my plot neighbour's is lush and tall!! Peas didn't really germinate. Tomato and potato blight have started on site so don't hold out much hope for the toms as there are early signs but hope my spuds have escaped ( have never had potato blight before) My apple trees are laden and just picked a load of cherry plums from two very old trees in my garden. My strawberries started off well ( new raised bed started last year) but I think they were too close together and I think the rain caused many to go mouldy plus the leaves started to curl and change colour. How are your crops?
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  • I'm sure @Boots has reported this already but I couldn't find it. If you give a reaction by mistake you cannot remove it. Could this be fixed please as I've reacted positively to two posts by mistake that I really want to remove. Thanks SL
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  • Having watched Monty Don remove these from the top of his garlic I did the same today. He suggested that they can be cooked. I haven't tried that so must look it up. Anyone tried?
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  • How are you fruit and veg plots doing? Anyone wish to share their food growing experiences/photos? I must admit I got impatient back in those dark February days and sowed seeds too soon so had to hold many plants back which I fear has set some back. Potatoes, onions, garlic looking healthy , tomato plants and sweetcorn looking scrappy, some beans and cabbages looking decimated😥 Will post some photos later.ooking forward to anyone sharing theirs.
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  • If you know of anyone renting out a room in Barking area. A friend is looking for one. Thanks
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  • https://www.change.org/p/redbridge-council-save-redbridge-lane-west-allotments-from-cadent I appreciate this is a local issue but there's nothing to stop people signing it on principle as it could happen anywhere and could set a precedent. Cadent want to take it over as a car park for their vehicles and equipment however what is the likelihood of it being reinstated after that period? And any of you allotmenteers will know that it can take years to get a plot to a manageable state, not to mention the cost in time and money. Please consider signing and sharing. Many thanks
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  • An allotment neighbour told me about this technique and is experimenting with it. I'd never heard of it. Our site is on heavy clay and prone to flooding as it's close to a river. Soil levels drop and one needs loads of compost and manure to try to build it up especially if making raised beds and trying the no dig method. There is never enough manure or home made compost and it would be costly to buy enough. The advantage with this technique is that there are lots trees on the periphery of our site so plenty of dead branches and logs and a local tree surgeon also delivers this as well as wood chippings. You can even use scrap wood. I found it interesting. She started by experimenting just with a big plastic bin with a wood layer at the bottom and is now making a full bed in the ground https://www.growveg.co.uk/guides/how-to-make-hugelkultur-beds-for-growing-vegetables/
  • Sowed some Swift and Red Duke of York on my plot today. It might be a wee bit early but figured the Irish traditionally sowed them on St Patrick's day and here Good Friday though the latter is a moveable feast. Hopefully they'll be ok. I've had the leaves hit by frost in the past but the tubers have survived. I have some Pink Fir Apple and Charlotte salad potatoes to go in but will probably wait a week or so.
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  • This is a welcome initiative in an era when repairing goods is seen as non-profitable and discouraged so consumers are forced to replace. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/10/tough-new-rules-aim-to-make-electrical-goods-last-longer
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  • I read that water from boiling potatoes was good for spraying whitefly. I then read it was also good for watering your plants as the starch spurs the release of plant nutrients in the soil. In fact most veggy cooking water is good for your plants including pasta water and water from boiling eggs which contains calcium. However added salt is not good for them but I don't add salt to potatoes anyway. I do save some veggy water for stock and gravy but will definitely use any surplus for my plants.
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  • only two vegetables to grow which ones would you pick? Difficult choice but I think I'd have to say tomatoes and potatoes.
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  • Has anyone had success with these? I've always grown them from sets but the varieties are quite limited. Was tempted to grow some more unusual ones from seed like the lovely Italian Tropea ones.
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