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by MrDirtyBoots
Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:24 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Numbers of chooks
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Re: Numbers of chooks

That sounds like more than enough room inside for them, as long as they have access to the outside. We have a few shelves and perches for them. They all seem to prefer cuddling together on one perch though! You can put a few perches up and I am sure some will get used and others ignored. They seem t...
by MrDirtyBoots
Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:19 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Planting eating potatoes?
Replies: 13
Views: 778

Re: Planting eating potatoes?

I would definitely go for it. If they are sprouting then they should give you a good crop. For some reason I have never had much success planting un-chitted potatoes although they are supposed to grow just as well, just take a little longer.

As long as they are disease free you should be fine.
by MrDirtyBoots
Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:16 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seeds from Peppers
Replies: 12
Views: 871

Re: Seeds from Peppers

I haven't done it for bell peppers but it works very well for chilis. We just dry the chilis and then when we are ready we sow the seeds. Seems to work every time.
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Rabbits and their Waste
Replies: 8
Views: 988

Re: Rabbits and their Waste

No problem in composting sawdust. It takes a few months to compost but does break down fine, especially when activated by all the Rabbit poop. You could always switch to straw to make it quicker.
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:44 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Any info at being green on a budget!
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Any info at being green on a budget!

Check out sites like ebay for cheap solar panels. A tip for deep cycle batteries. Phone around fork lift truck suppliers. They change the deep cycle batteries every few years or so on rental vehicles and you may be able to pick some up very cheaply. They won't be perfect but if you are on a budget t...
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:39 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?
Replies: 43
Views: 9062

Re: Soap Nuts - tried and tested - and verdicts?

We have been using ecoballs for ages and then seem to work great. A bit of vinegar is added and that's it. Also we only use a cold wash as a hot wash would probably blow out the Inverter!

There are hardly ever any problems and with a hot wash they would work very well indeed.
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:32 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Open fire - help/guidance needed
Replies: 13
Views: 1738

Re: Open fire - help/guidance needed

A wood burner is all we use to heat our house. They give out an incredible amount of heat. There is just no comparison to an open fire. You will save masses of wood. I would definitely recommend one. You may be able to fit it yourself but it really depends on the configuration of the chimney as to h...
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: propagating lavender
Replies: 4
Views: 506

Re: propagating lavender

I don't even use rooting powder. I simply snip of a few cutting remove some of the leaves and stick them straight in some soil in a pot. Seems to work fine.
by MrDirtyBoots
Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: Author-ish Photographer- ish - Write or take photos for Selfsufficientish
Topic: Compost Toilets: Build Your Own
Replies: 15
Views: 11741

Compost Toilets: Build Your Own

Many people are put off by the concept of Composting Toilets. The reality is that a basic, home made Composting Toilet is beneficial in so many ways and not really much of a chore at all. What is so difficult about emptying a bucket covered in sawdust once every week or so? I have now been using a h...
by MrDirtyBoots
Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: olive tree
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: olive tree

We grew figs no problem in the Uk. We now have hundreds of Olive trees here in Spain and I don't really think you will get many Olives in the UK. They need such a long warm summer. I would definitely try it if you can keep it warm though. You can however, grow the trees outside no problem. You just ...
by MrDirtyBoots
Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:07 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apple and pear question.
Replies: 5
Views: 542

Re: Apple and pear question.

You can also hunt around your area for any trees in flower.

Nick ( um, borrow) a few cuttings with floweres on and put in a bucket of water near the trees.

We did it last year and it worked.
by MrDirtyBoots
Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:03 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: A chicken question.
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: A chicken question.

I would forget about buying oyster shells etc.

You want to save money where you can. The Chickens supply you with the eggshells and that is all we ever use.

Baked and crushed, they do the job, and for free. We have never had a problem doing this and , as always, free is best.
by MrDirtyBoots
Sat Feb 14, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: toilet cleaner?
Replies: 17
Views: 1316

Re: toilet cleaner?

Marks from the scourer should disappear in a day or so. It shouldn't have actually "scratched", but is more likely just marks from the scourer itself.

Really surprised it didn't work, it is what we always use.
by MrDirtyBoots
Thu Feb 12, 2009 11:09 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: A chicken question.
Replies: 13
Views: 942

Re: A chicken question.

I recently wrote a post on our site about getting super orange egg yolks.

Basically it's all about the veggies and the grass.

Throw in grass clippings and cabbage leaves regularly or let them have access to fresh grass and you will be wearing shades when you break those eggs open!
by MrDirtyBoots
Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:59 am
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: shaving oil
Replies: 14
Views: 1379

Re: shaving oil

Simple but efficient.

Olive Oil, and that's it. Works a treat. You won't really need anything else.

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