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by Clarebelle
Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:48 am
Forum: Homes and Retreats
Topic: What about this?
Replies: 8
Views: 1328

Re: What about this?

I read this article the other day, it looks like a great place and i love the idea of them taking it upon themselves, via the guy who makes wind turbines, to set up their offgrid power, that guy is a real assest to the community. I already live pretty remote (600 people on the island i live on) but,...
by Clarebelle
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: chickens.... help
Replies: 20
Views: 2694

Re: chickens.... help

I have kept chickens and ducks for four years now. We keep a cockeral/drake and each year the offspring go in the freezer. I always had a real problem with the killing part, mainly because I didn't feel like I could garuntee a quick and painless end, this made me nervous so my other half would do th...
by Clarebelle
Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Silage advice needed
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Re: Silage advice needed

I don't leave it to dry I just 'bale' it straight away. I know when making normal silage it is usually left for a period before baling. It doesn't seem to be nessesary when using grass clippings, I've never had silage thats been too wet.
by Clarebelle
Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Silage advice needed
Replies: 21
Views: 6179

Re: Silage advice needed

Well, that was a disaster! What an awful year for farming. I am lucky that it wasn't so bad up her that the grass turned brown and scorched but it was so dry this summer that there was little or no grass growth. In a normal year I would cut my lawn every two to three weeks and make a few tubs of sil...
by Clarebelle
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:54 am
Forum: Homes and Retreats
Topic: Root cellars
Replies: 9
Views: 1468

Re: Root cellars

I have thought about it before now. I've seen ones that are as basic as an old chest freezer buried in the ground or big walk in undergroud storage sheds! What has made me consider one is the fact that it is very humid here which means anything stored in sheds or whereever gets damp and moldy. I hav...
by Clarebelle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:46 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: SHTF: What Would You Grow In Your Garden?
Replies: 18
Views: 2049

Re: SHTF: What Would You Grow In Your Garden?

I think it would be difficult to grow enough carbs if shtf. Poatoes would abviously be vital as few people would be able to grow cereals. But what happens if blight destroys your crop? Alternatives might be jerusalem artichokes, sweet potato if you had a tunnel. Anyone else have any ideas?
by Clarebelle
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: Medical and Healthcare
Topic: FLEAS!
Replies: 22
Views: 4528

Re: FLEAS!

We have noticed a huge flea problem this year. It's not unusual for the cat to get them and need treating but we have had to treat both cats and dogs several times this year. I know it's bad because one of our ducks nests was crawling with fleas, very unusual for ducks to be affected. We also had a ...
by Clarebelle
Fri Aug 03, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Lidl selling 5Kg boxes of fruit & veg for £1.50
Replies: 8
Views: 1255

Re: Lidl selling 5Kg boxes of fruit & veg for £1.50

This is an excellent idea and something all supermarkets should do. Even if the stuff ends up only being good for soup, I'd definitely pay £1.50 for 5kg of fruit and veg. It's worth it even if half goes in the compost! Shame I don't have Lidl down the road
by Clarebelle
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Micro Greens?
Replies: 24
Views: 2820

Re: Micro Greens?

you would need a large volume to make a soup? I would suggest they are best just eaten raw as a side to other meals. By not cooking them you are retaining all of the nutritional content which is the biggest reason for bothering to do them, each one is a powerhouse of micro nutrients.
by Clarebelle
Mon Jul 30, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Food, Nutrition and Agriculture
Topic: Micro Greens?
Replies: 24
Views: 2820

Re: Micro Greens?

sunflowers are lovely as microgreens, one of my favourites