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Offline judydawn

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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20835 on: August 17, 2017, 09:13:05 am »
Still around and obviously getting around with your travels Gayle.  Thanks for popping in.  What do bay leaves deter and do they have to be fresh or can you use dried?
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20836 on: August 17, 2017, 09:51:47 am »
I had much the same question, Judy.  Hope Gayle gets a chance to come back on and let us know.
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20837 on: August 17, 2017, 11:12:52 am »
I've put bay leaves everywhere. I believe they deter silverfish and other critters.
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20838 on: August 17, 2017, 02:12:15 pm »
Cookie is right  :) Bay leaves are natural insect deterrents. Fleas and lice as well as moths and other assorted bugs that are attracted to flour, cereals, and chook nests donít like bay leaves. The ants seem to have disappeared as well.
Fresh bay leaves Judy and Cuilidh.
I had always thought you should only cook with dried bay leaves until I read Stephanie Alexanderís Kitchen Garden Companion. She uses fresh bay leaves in her recipes and now I use them too.
A bay tree will grow happily in a pot. Mine is in a halfĖbarrel, is probably about 10 years old and is 1.5m tall.  Just make sure you have the right bay tree, ie Laurus nobilis, and not the cherry laurel (which is apparently safe but only in small quantities)
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20839 on: August 17, 2017, 03:16:52 pm »
Thanks for that information Gaye.  I did have one in a pot but it died all of a sudden!
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20840 on: August 18, 2017, 04:50:37 am »
we have 2 bay trees, great to just go pick leaves for cooking.  :)
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20841 on: August 18, 2017, 07:25:29 am »
At Cherokee we had a massive Bay tree. Put the fresh leaves in everything from custard to roast beef and Corned beef.  Thanks djinni, didn't know about the chook nests. Will do.
I have bought a miniature one to plant at Invermay.
When we had our Forum fest in WA, my gift was a small bag of herbs to put into your wardrobe. Bay leaves were part of the mix. As I wasn't allowed to take Bay leaves into WA, Halley supplied some from her garden. Several members assisted putting them in the bags.

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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20842 on: August 18, 2017, 10:34:15 am »
Unfortunately I don't have a Bay tree but a friend gives them to me and I freeze them. They stay fresh and are still good to use.
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20843 on: August 21, 2017, 05:33:27 am »
A bay tree is on my wish list  ;)

Today I've cooked up a storm, then packed the lunches for the rest of the week, now stacked nicely in the outdoor fridge  ;D
Only started it this term (pack four days of lunches on a Monday to last the rest of the week) - its a huge time saver ....wish I'd tried it earlier  8)

After that I've vacuumed the house, and remade the spare beds - had visitors last week, got another visitor coming Wed - Tues  ;D
And just normal housework etc
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20844 on: August 21, 2017, 07:51:51 am »
Fed the chooks, one escaped I had to chase it to catch it. Quite a sight.
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20845 on: August 21, 2017, 10:05:28 am »
Fed the chooks, one escaped I had to chase it to catch it. Quite a sight.

LOL  :)
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20846 on: August 21, 2017, 12:25:47 pm »
Astarra you are a star.
Chookie- a naughty chook.
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20847 on: August 22, 2017, 03:58:06 am »
Bay leaves put in chook nests , what does this do ? Mine got out yesterday too , big gate opened , must be this weather . DH saw it open and forgot to let me know they greeted me at the back gate , lucky all there .

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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20848 on: August 22, 2017, 06:58:14 am »
I'm not sure but would it deter the stick fast things they sometimes get on their faces?
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Re: What have you been doing today?
« Reply #20849 on: August 22, 2017, 02:40:41 pm »
I went to the movies tonight to see Hampshire with Diane Keaton, a nice movie.
Judy from North Haven, South Australia

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