Galadriel Freden

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West Yorkshire, UK
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Recent posts by Galadriel Freden

Here's what i did with my meager green tomato harvest this year:

Salsa fresca, fermented.  I used green and red tomatoes, a bit of garlic and spring onion, tiny bit of fresh chili and some achocha (a weird South American cucumber relative), in a brine of 3 tablespoons salt to 1 L water.  Still got about half the jar left in the fridge, about a month on.
1 week ago

Burra Maluca wrote:

a favourite meal...

My (Welsh!) husband has fond memories of eating them at boarding school.  I don't dare ask what's in them :)

I save the ends of (bought) bar soap, and grate them up to make both soft soap (it can refill liquid handwash or shower gel containers) and liquid laundry soap.  If I don't have enough ends saved up by the time I need new homemade laundry soap, I'll grate up a full bar and not bother making liquid but mix it with washing soda to use as powder.  But the liquid is really useful (and it is just grated soap and washing soda dissolved into water) for cleaning--I use it as an all-purpose cleaner, and am trying to convince my family to use it for washing dishes--it makes no suds so it's a hard sell, but it still cleans just fine.
2 weeks ago
Our best family game is Uno;  we normally play with just three of us, but had some visiting family which made it even more fun and evil.  Need to have a good sense of humor to play it though!  I like that it plays quickly--we can play several hands over half an hour and all win some, and even if we don't, we definitely won last time.

I like Scrabble though I might be biased as I'm the one who usually wins;  not sure if that means I'm good or they're not....a similar/easier one I also like is Bananagrams.  My eight year old son has genuinely beat me at least once at Bananagrams.

We all like Once Upon a Time:  each player has a handful of cards which they have to use to tell a story in order to finish with their own unique ending card.  It's fun making all the strange elements (like wolf, cook, fighting, beautiful, it talks, secret, etc) fit, and interrupting each other to lay your own cards, and even if someone else wins, everyone contributed to tell the story.

My parents bought us Watch Ya Mouth last Christmas and we laughed so hard playing it.  Seriously, we were crying with laughter.  It needs more cards though, to make it replayable (no doubt extra cards can be found online to print).

3 weeks ago
I've read that leeks will form clumps if left undisturbed.  I know mine have, and they were not sold to me specifically as multiplier leeks.  In fact, I'm trying to establish a perennial leek patch with them, and have forgone a leek harvest last year in order to get the plants multiplying.  I suspect this will be a multi-year project though, as each leek seems to send out between one and three new shoots, generally in autumn, after the flowerheads die back.  I've not had success saving seed, unfortunately;  the seed I've collected hasn't germinated.

I've also started a new "bunching" spring onion patch this year;  I bought seeds claming they would multiply like leeks and garlic, given enough time.  Here's hoping they do;  a perennial supply of these plus the leeks would be excellent, particularly since I'm so bad at growing regular bulb onions!
3 weeks ago
I'm wondering if anyone has thoughts or experience about getting back into high impact exercise following childbirth?  

I'm in my late 30s and gave birth to my second child about 18 months ago, and from early on in the pregnancy I had very bad pelvic girdle pain (PGP) which really affected my day to day life;  I went to bed in pain and woke up in pain, and could hardly walk towards the end.  After giving birth, it eased up, and I wasn't constantly in pain, though even a brisk walk would bring it back.  Carrying on the next nine or so months, the pain finally gave way--until I wanted to take up running again (after a five year hiatus);  I first took up running when my oldest child was about nine months old, and had no problems.  This time I could only run about three steps before I was back in agonizing pelvic pain which lasted several weeks.

This has been the case since.  I can't run without pain, and it's the kind of pain that tells me something's wrong, not that I'm just out of condition/stretching unused muscles.  I can manage a brisk walk, though even that gives me little twinges, as does pushing, pulling and lifting heavy things.  I've learned to stop if I feel that pain.

I've tried stretches found online, which help ease pain a bit (pain lasts only one or two days instead of a week).  They don't seem to prevent the pain, which is what I'm after.  I would like to be able to run again without hurting myself.
3 weeks ago

James Landreth wrote:Galadriel, do you have problems with leaf curl there too? Have you thought about grafting over the seedlings if the fruit still isn't satisfactory?

Yes, they both got some degree of leaf curl, though both shook it off fairly well, with a lot of growth over summer.  I have an almond tree too (a bought, grafted specimen) which also gets mild leaf curl.  Most UK gardening sources suggest growing in containers partly to combat leaf curl--apparently the fungus is introduced through rainfall during flowering.  But containers are also recommended because we generally have such cool summers and a warm patio (or a greenhouse) is more likely to coax fruit than a more exposed position in the garden.

Grafting is a great idea, and if one tree is superior, I'll definitely try it.

3 weeks ago
I have two trees from seed, both in containers, as I live on a very rainy island :)  I was convinced they were both doughnut peach seedlings, but when one fruited for the first time this year it turned out to be a nectarine.  I can't say it was a particularly spectacular fruit, but I'll give it another chance at least, and there's still the other (younger) tree which will hopefully fruit next year (four and three years old respectively).  Both little trees are very sturdy, despite growing in pots.  My young son and I have planted several seeds from storebought peaches this summer, so maybe we'll get a few more up next spring too.
3 weeks ago
Last year we sneaked some six day old chicks under our broody hen who'd only hatched one chick--we tucked them under her at night and took away the unhatched eggs she was still on.  We didn't actually know she'd hatched that one chick when we bought the chicks, or we might not have risked it!  But she accepted them all and though her own chick was a bit smaller for the first few weeks, she raised them all and they all grew up fine together.

The man we bought the chicks from said if anything, introducing chicks that old (nearly a week) might mean they were too old to bond to her, so we were ready with a box and heat lamp just in case.  
3 weeks ago
Nathanael,, that sounds really intriguing.  Could you describe in more detail how the tubers are dried?  Are they dried whole?  Do they require soaking before cooking?  
4 weeks ago