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  1. Hattie the Hen


    Hi Ann, I thought I had lost my cardoons in last winters severe snow & frost but they started sprouting eventually only to be attacked by my chickens who ate the tender leaves. I think they will come back but only if we have rain. We are in drought mode here in southern England at the...
  2. Hattie the Hen

    How warm for carrots to sprout?

    :frow Hi Ariel, Yes it certainly works well against the birds, even my own chickens are kept away. One of my big enemies here are pigeons......they pick out the centre tender shoots of any cabbage or like vegetable. I drape the fleece over hoops on all my veg while young for this reason. The...
  3. Hattie the Hen

    How warm for carrots to sprout?

    :frow I think Steve is right when he said "That shallow sowing is why it is so important to keep the soil evenly moist for the carrot seed. I bet carrots most often fail because of the moisture problems. And in the spring, it does take those seeds forever!!! I always figger it is going to...
  4. Hattie the Hen

    USDA Sued over approval of GMO Alfalfa

    I thought this was a very interesting article, it just landed in my email box this morning. If someone else has already posted it somewhere I apologise. I haven't been on the forum for a few days as I have been in bed with flu!! :sick :sick :sick but getting better now....:celebrate...
  5. Hattie the Hen

    Freezing Excess Eggs

    :frow A really interesting experiment....... so it lays to rest a lot of old wive's tales on egg preservation; useful to know all this to pass on to others. :D Thanks for posting the link wifez. Hattie
  6. Hattie the Hen

    Freezing Excess Eggs

    :frow Oh I agree with you hoodat & I daresay if I had to go back to a world without refrigeration I would be grateful for this method. But I think in the past people were used to their foodstuff having a stronger taste. Preserved food often has to be highly spiced or have strong tasting...
  7. Hattie the Hen

    Freezing Excess Eggs

    :frow I can remember my mother doing this here in the UK, just after WWII & my grandparents always did it. I can remember I wasn't keen on the taste of them so they were mostly used in cakes etc......but I was a very fussy eater, esp when it came to eggs & milk (I still am about milk, can't...
  8. Hattie the Hen

    First Tokyo market turnips.

    :frow I love this variety pot-roasted with duck as they cook through in approx. the same time.....don't let them get too brown though. Their green are good too, cook like spinach. Nothing's wasted....!! I also cut them into very thin discs & use them in stir-fries & in salads. They are also...
  9. Hattie the Hen

    Excitement in Cluckville

    :frow Great news boggy, I bet you are both having great fun together looking after & observing the chicken family. I never tire of watching mine. I too am always excited when I go out to collect the eggs or hear the egg song. In fact yesterday I hit my own record for eggs since I started...
  10. Hattie the Hen


    :frow Over here in the UK it feels as if Spring is actually about to happen.....I am amazed as it is very early. My little blue iris (reticulata) are up & blooming ....a sure sign of Spring, also there are masses of snow drops in huge beautiful. Even my fruit bushes are beginning...
  11. Hattie the Hen

    ~ CITRUS ~ Information on the many varieties & how they taste...!

    :frow I treasure the following article on the varieties of Citrus because I have been thoroughly confused on the subject over the years as most of the info on them comes from botanists or gardeners & I want to know how they taste & how to cook with them.....being the greedy person that I...
  12. Hattie the Hen

    ~ WORLDWIDE Vegetable Allotments ~ REVIVAL of last years thread ~

    :frow :frow :frow Welcome back everyone! :) I thought this new blog might interest you as it shows a little of the strain our economy over here in the UK is under. There has been a huge rise in the number of requests for allotments across the whole of the country because of the rise of...
  13. Hattie the Hen

    Help me select a pole bean variety.

    :frow I have found this page very useful for sorting out the various catergories & varieties therein.......>> I like to grow runner beans because they seem to do well here in the UK but I still try a variety of others, mostly European types...
  14. Hattie the Hen

    Is Walmart Creating a Healthier Diet For Americans?

    :frow I volunteer in a very well organised charity bookshop (Oxfam) here in the UK. All of our donated stock is sorted into categories & a record of how many books are sold in each section is noted every week. We have noticed since the end of last year that we are selling many more cookbooks as...
  15. Hattie the Hen

    The Organic Elite Surrenders to Monsanto

    I found this article on the subject in my email box this morning & I found it helped explain things to me......remember I am not always clued up to how things work in your country compared to over here in the UK & in Europe (not always the same thing, which confuses me too.....)...
  16. Hattie the Hen

    ~" Not Just Another Load Of Crap"~

    :frow :frow I am just getting my raised beds ready for planting so my mind is firmly fixed on manure & compost........ :idunno ......of course I don't have enough. So I was pleased when this morning the following article was in my email box. When I read it I was laughing a lot but it does...
  17. Hattie the Hen

    Would like to buy Genetically Modified Seeds for Vegetables

    I too think your soil is depleted & you really need to deal with this first. A lot of people around the world have been looking into the use of 'Rockdust' to re-mineralize their tired soils. Have a look at this link..........>> ***'Rockdust' is just the UK...
  18. Hattie the Hen

    Have lost ALL of Babygirl's chicks.

    Oh Boggy, I have only just seen this thread & I am heart-broken for you & your grand daughter.....what a tragedy. Hunting Dogs are so primed to their jobs there is never a guarantee they won't disobey your wishes. Get some more fast but tell Babygirl the truth; she will understand & learn...
  19. Hattie the Hen


    :frow :frow Sometime ago we had a thread on cardoons which was full of info that we gathered together; here's a link..........>> Hattie
  20. Hattie the Hen

    why are onion peelings not allowed in compost piles

    :frow I have just done a bit of research, without much of a result, but I found a remark about not putting them in wormeries. It is from Finally, regarding citrus peel, onion skins and other acidic items, you're right that the...