November 2009 Blog Posts (52)

What can Ooooby do for you?

From time to time I get some great positive feedback from members about how much they appreciate Ooooby and what it does for them. That is very encouraging and thank you to all who have dropped me a note.

What I would really like to know is 'why?' What are the specific things about Ooooby that makes it good?

Please comment below.

And what I really, really want to know is, what would you like Ooooby to be able to do for… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 11, 2009 at 5:41pm — 16 Comments

Interactive map for UK foodies....

Restaurant In Our Living Room (the Virgin 1 TV show which has been airing Thursdays at 9pm) has launched its own user map, where online food lovers and produce sellers can register to promote themselves.

The map offers a way for existing or prospective restaurateurs /diners/sellers to get in touch with each other and discover what is available in their area. As you can imagine this is also a great way for vegetable gardeners, allotment owners, jam makers, beekeepers etc to let people… Continue

Added by restaurantinourlivingroom on November 11, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

"Get Growing": a book to get children gardening

The sheer pleasure of growing, harvesting, and eating food produced as locally as you can get – your own back yard – deserves to be shared.

Growing our own food puts us in direct contact with the produce, the land and the place that our food comes from. It re-acquaints us with the seasons and the weather. And it nurtures the soul as well as the body.

It was the realisation that today’s children are separated by two generations from the meanings of ‘homegrown’ and… Continue

Added by Helen Cook on November 9, 2009 at 9:24pm — No Comments

november 2009

its been 4 months since i last added a blog (not something this luddite does at the best of times ) bed 4 is now cut along with 3 side beds and a flower bed which is temparerily holding my squashes.inactivity on ooby mostly down to a bad dose of un employment keeping me eather in the garden digging,or cutting wood. or head down slaving for beer tokens or in true role reversals being a demestic goddess/desparate house husband in the kitchen. shopping bills down to $20 on a good week and at… Continue

Added by John Howard on November 7, 2009 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Over half a million pageviews for Ooooby

In under 12 months Ooooby has had over 500,000 page views from over 38,000 unique visitors. In the last month alone over 6,000 unique visitors enjoyed browsing through the Ooooby site.

Thank you to all the wonderful members and contributors who have made Ooooby such… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 6, 2009 at 10:03am — 2 Comments

Potato update

Dug 4 more potato plants up yesterday. 2 plants had very little and the other 2 had strange! However, they're not very large, about the size of a golf ball. I shall start replanting the space with onions...not much point in putting in more potatoes if they're not going to do all that well. The rest of the garden is doing well, apart from the dwarf beans and peas, so I am going to resow those. Today I am planting corn/beans/squash - the three sisters - Indian method of companion… Continue

Added by Lynn on November 6, 2009 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

White House Honey

A great little slide show with audio thanks to the NY Times. Click here for the slide show.

Added by Pete Russell on November 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

A White House Chef Who Wears Two Hats

Source: NY Times

TWICE a month, President Obama’s senior policy advisers gather at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to hash out strategies for improving the health of the country’s children. Among the assistant secretaries, chiefs of staff and senior aides sits an unlikely participant: a bald, intense young man who happens to be the newest White House… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 5, 2009 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

food is about friends

As I was gutting 3 massive boxes of kiwifruit last night - it occured to me that the whole reason that we do all of this work is not only to feed our family - but to be able to share what we have with out friends and family. A sense of community and belonging is a natural part of being human and without it we are a little lost - don't you think?

The garden is happily growing fast, unfortunately that also includes the weeds. Time to head out when the weather settles and start making… Continue

Added by Derek & Julie Craig on November 4, 2009 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

worms are settled now

so have turned my attention to the kitchen - weighed dried fruit for christmas cakes, all into a ziplock bag along with a generous slug of grand marnier and a jar of marmalade and into the fridge to macerate for a few days.

Added by Megan on November 3, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

White House vegetable garden: fall harvest


First lady Michelle Obama and her elementary school team returned to the White House vegetable garden Thursday for the final harvest of the season, and they sent a whole lot of produce to a nearby soup kitchen.

It took the 30 school children from Bancroft Elementary, who have been working… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 3, 2009 at 11:06am — 5 Comments

Spring garden update

Just thought I'd post a progress update with the garden this spring.

This year I have decided to sow all my own seeds rather than buy punnets from the garden centre.

I kept all the plastic punnets last year for re-use.

The second batch of seeds for this season are now sprouted and rapidly growing.

The first lot I had placed in a cold frame made from an old window.

These have now been transplanted into the garden - Tomatoes, coriander, basil, courgettes, squash, onions,… Continue

Added by Paul on November 2, 2009 at 3:26pm — No Comments

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