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October 2008

Strange sitings at the bird feeding station

By Heather 11 years ago

We had some free bird food samples in the Wiggly Wigglers office and I trotted off home with a small fat and seed filled container, which I duly hung on the rose arch (which stands about 8 feet high). I sat back to await the arrival of the normal garden birds, but this was what I got…

The sooner Christmas arrives the better… I maintain that they are more like Pterodactyls than turkeys!

An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

By Heather 11 years ago

It’s a celebration of the humble apple today from the Wiggly sofa. Rachel Harries reports for this week’s show from a Herefordshire orchard where she has been learning about (and sampling) old varieties of apple, some of which are very rare. You can read up about all sorts of orchard news on the England in Particular web site.

Richard confesses to Farmer Phil that he has allowed a visiting group to scrump all the apples from the Wiggly garden and Rachel demonstrates the amazing apple peeler and corer.

Richard also tells us all about the little grown vegetable salsify and what you can do with it.

To listen to the whole of the Wiggly podcast click here.

Below is a taster of what’s on this week’s show:

00:23 Welcome to the apple shopping channel from Rich, Farmer Phil & “the not so young” Rachel H
06:19 Rachel talks to Frank Hemming about some amazing old varieties of apple.
14:35 Local apples are good, especially those from the Wiggly garden and ones used to make cider!
18:56 Richard gives us the low down on sensational salsify.
23:07 The team discusses the merits of heritage varieties of potatoes and why they are so important.

The Wiggly Wigglers podcast team is Heather Gorringe, Phil Gorringe (akaFarmer Phil) and Richard Fishbourne (aka Ricardo).

A Wiggly barter or two

By Heather 11 years ago

The Wiggly Wigglers staff have a great way of "doing business" that involves absolutely no money changing hands. Last year I gave Richard aka Ricardo two ewes in exchange for him digging my veg patch - result!
Various other clandestine exchanges take place during the course of the year involving vegetable and fish shaped bags. Yesterday some very strangely shaped cucumbers were changing hands. I bagged a good swap in the form of a sack of chick crumbs (not the remains of my hens' offspring I hasten to add) for locally caught zander and some venison. Other exchanges have involved jars of jam, chutney, plants and joints (of the meat variety!).

ps A big Wiggly hello to Megan Lynch (of Facebook fame) from California, who is currently on holiday in the UK and currently staying with Heather and Farmer Phil.

The Big Bokashi-thon

By Heather 11 years ago

We are always being asked what to do with Bokashi Compost when it has finished pickling and how long it then takes to break down. This is a bit like one of those ‘How long is a piece of string?’ questions, but in a spirit of scientific exploration we decided to set up an experiment to find out.

First of all, don your white lab coat and the nerdy scientist’s specs, and pick up your clipboard. Now you can start the experiment...

When your bin is full, drain off any Bokashi Juice and feed to your plants or smelly drains (you might want to measure the quantity).

Seal your bokashi bin and leave it to ferment. Drain off any liquid in this time.

After 2 weeks it’s ready! Open it up and have a look. Is there any mould, if so what colour is it?
Now decide on your next step, here are some ideas:

  • Put it in your wormery (perhaps just half of the bin or less if your worms aren’t used to it.)

  • Put in your compost bin or heap (will you mix it in spread it in layers or just up-end the bucket, no doubt losing the sump at the same time – well that’s what happens with mine!)

  • Dig it into your garden. Again you can experiment with depths (although at least deep is recommended), layering or mixing it in).

Now it’s up to you to check it monthly, or more often and see what happens. Let us know your results.

Now if this was a really truly scientific experiment, we’d have weighed and noted the exact contents of the kitchen waste we were putting in to begin with, not to mention the amount of Bokashi Active Bran added as well. We’d probably record the air temperature where we left it to ferment, and for sure, we’d make sure we had a control bucket too, full of un-Bokashi’d waste.

We haven’t, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.
Here are some sites that you might want to take a look at to see how other people's experiments are going: The Wiggly Wigglers Facebook Group

Simon Sherlock’s blog

Podchef’s blog

Carnival of Green Gardening

By Heather 11 years ago

Welcome to the Wiggly Wigglers carnival of green gardening.

James Shoop presents Alternative Uses For Common Veggies posted at Growing Groceries.com, saying, "Learn several secondary edible uses for veggies already growing in your garden!"

toad sticker presents Liquid organic fertilizer posted at The Prepared Christian, saying, "A super compost tea maker that works well"

Piedro Molinero presents More About Butterfly Gardening posted at DIY Gardening Tips.

Julian Pollock presents Natural Herbal Remedies - Organically Treating Baby and Family Organic Family Circle posted at Organic Family Circle.

Kristen McCarthy presents Community Gardens: Transform Urban Spaces posted at this-sustainable-life.com, saying, "Traditionally, community gardens emerge in the most unlikely spaces: from dispossessed parking lots and abandoned railway lines, to hubcap strewn parks and needle plagued back alleys, to the sagging rooftops that overlook laundry lines stretched out across the cityscape in multifarious patterns. In these areas rejected and wasted from human-made decay, urban gardens are birthed."

Dave Hobbs presents The Right Nectar for Hummingbird Feeding posted at Hummingbird Feeding Guide, saying, "For those who want to enhance their gardens with artificial hummingbird feeders, here are tips on what to do (and what not to do)."

Stephanie presents End of the Summer Garden Reflections posted at Stop the Ride!.

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Carnival of Country Living

By Heather 11 years ago

Welcome to the Wiggly Wigglers carnival of country living.

Stephanie presents Making & Preserving Applesauce posted at Stop the Ride!.

kara thurmond presents Introduction posted at An Hour In the Kitchen.

simon presents Why Burn Corn posted at Corn Stove Guide.

P.L. Frederick presents 9 Side Effects To Using The Clothes Line posted at Small and Big, saying, "All true, I say!"

Stephanie presents Weekend Demolition posted at Adventures in the 100 Acre Wood.

Dora Renee Wilkerson presents Y-2K Hippie: 10/05/08 posted at Knitting, horses, and my family., saying, "A simple (and GOOD) Sandwhich."

HighGrace presents Live simply, but be complex Face to the Sun posted at Face to the Sun.

NAOMI presents ROOT VEGETABLES MAKING A COMEBACK posted at Diary From England

makingthishome presents How to Customize Your Door Mat posted at Making This Home, saying, "Thanks for hosting! I thought your readers might be interested in a simple DIY project I did at our new home."

Sandy Naidu presents Low Fat Butter Chicken Curry Recipe posted at Meet Chefs And Cookbook Authors.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of a carnival of country living using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
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