Peter Paulson

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I've got around 20 in from last autumn, and it's interesting to see that the colours can already be picked out in the bulbs (as you pointed out with the red).  It's a pity Kelly had so little luck with storability of the reds.  Still worth a try though.

Roberto pokachinni wrote: If you can post that here for us to view, I, for one, would be very grateful.  I would love to correspond with these people.  There project is really incredible.


If I see it around, I'll post a link.  New Zealander's might be able to access it on tvnz online, but it's geo-restricted elsewhere.

Here's the page for the show.  It has links to the husband's blog, and other things.
2 years ago
Interesting.  Didn't know that someone had done the work of collecting together ~40 varieties of gooseberry in NZ.  I've got 8 I think, plus worchesterberry.

There was a Country Calendar episode on television here a few years ago that did a better job of covering the food forest, and their operation in it's entirety.  I'm still got it recorded on disk I think.
2 years ago
If I recall, it was noted that the bureaucracy forced farmers to grow specific crops, often not being suitable for their location.

There was a good bit on making silage.

R Ranson wrote:

Roger Taylor wrote:

I've never had a skinned broad/fava bean.



I have in the Mediterranean import shop.  Both dry and canned.


Maybe they eat them that way in the Mediterranean, or perhaps they're used for hummus.  Be interesting to know.
2 years ago
I would have thought if eating them skinned was common, they would sell packets of pre-podded, pre-skinned beans.  But they don't do that here.

I've never had a skinned broad/fava bean.
2 years ago

Eugene Howard wrote:
This is a small group of 10 to 15 trees, generally as straight as a telephone pole and no branching or limbs to a height of 40 to 50 feet and are nearly 30 inches in diameter breast high at the base. Spacing is about 50 feet on center, but there are other types of trees in the stand, which has not been thinned or improved by removing all those vines to benefit these aged sentinels. Knowing where these are (in the edge of a small defunct town


What's 50 feet on center mean?
2 years ago
In the Summer, I juiced apples and put the juice in a container along with a tablespoon of last year's apple cider vinegar.  Now in mid-winter, it smells quite acidic, and there's a thick layer of slime on top (the mother).

How do you know when it's ready?
2 years ago
Replace douchebag with arsehole, and it applies just as much.  Most of the people I have seen call others either, tend to be acting out and insulting someone who can't hear them.  Or begrudging some absent person, a perceived injustice or insult, which is usually petty.

Every time I have to sit there and listen to it, I try and remind myself that I don't want to be trapped in the pattern the person I'm having to listen to is.

I'm not religious, but I think some of the short expressions work for me.

"Judge not, that ye be not judged."
2 years ago
I've always taken cuttings in the Winter, which it is now in New Zealand.  However, I was reading through some of my books and one recommended taking the cuttings in Autumn, with the idea that they'd root a little before Winter.  Has anyone tried this approach and if so, how does it compare?
2 years ago