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by dave45
Tue Apr 12, 2016 4:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: DC motor vertical axis wind turbine?
Replies: 4
Views: 1307

Re: DC motor vertical axis wind turbine?

Not constructed one, but I used to be involved with a small wind mailing list and the received wisdom there was that VAWTs were generally a waste of time. Maybe good in theory, but they never worked. Paul Gipe and High Pigott are small wind experts - it might be worth making contact with them. http:...
by dave45
Mon Feb 08, 2016 12:39 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Apples
Replies: 1
Views: 632

Apples

My bramley windfalls are still usable 3 months later - how did that happen?

left for two months on the ground in mud, then the good ones bagged and left on a patio table for another month and they are still in perfect condition !

Is it just lack of frost?
by dave45
Thu Dec 03, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Silly Me!
Replies: 9
Views: 2061

Re: Silly Me!

has it fermented out? use a hydrometer and check... if it is close to 1.000 you are laughing - add finings and bottle it when it has cleared
by dave45
Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Peppers
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: Peppers

What's the secret to growing peppers? I had two years of good results then three years of "half-hearted just won't grow" in the greenhouse.
by dave45
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: apple juicing
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Re: apple juicing

And yes - it does taste better than steamed/sterilised apple juice
by dave45
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: apple juicing
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

apple juicing

previously I have used a steamer to extract juice from apples it was OK sterilises the juice nicely, but does it affect the taste? I have inherited a "juicer". It has taken a while getting used to how it works - it grates, spins and sieves. The sieve gets clogged very quickly and seems to ...
by dave45
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Spacings of grapevines
Replies: 4
Views: 1533

Re: Spacings of grapevines

I think many commercial vineyards spacings between rows are driven my the need to get tractors/machinery between them. This summer in the Loire valley (Chinon) I noted the "goblet" low pruning method - vine plants are less than a meter apart and the rows are about a meter and the plants do...
by dave45
Sun Jul 26, 2015 3:45 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions - why?
Replies: 26
Views: 10748

Re: Onions - why?

yeah - I left some pulled onions to ripen the other day - and they got heavily soaked today

Ok - I'll try seeds next year. I thought sets would give them a head start... obviously not as simple as that
by dave45
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions - why?
Replies: 26
Views: 10748

Onions - why?

I plant onions from sets, both red and yellow, in the same bit of ground, and subject to the same weather... So why do some onions: a) grow and bulb just fine b) hardly grow at all c) grow vigorously with fat main stems but fail to bulb much at all d) go to a full bolt and attempt to flower ??? And ...
by dave45
Sun Jul 26, 2015 1:54 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Sticky labels
Replies: 13
Views: 3158

Re: Sticky labels

I use lighter fluid. Soak the label (so that the fluid soaks thru the paper and dissolves the glue). as soon as it appears dry, peel the label. Sometimes the label comes off nicely and leaves a sticky gluey residue - I use kitchen roll and more fluid to get rid. Waterproof or metallic labels resist ...
by dave45
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:57 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Hey! bread heads
Replies: 9
Views: 2218

Re: Hey! bread heads

"Getting the recipe right took about a year."

not easy to replicate at home then?
by dave45
Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Wine from supermarket juice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2622

Re: Wine from supermarket juice?

I have made loads of apple wine and cider from my own apples. Apple juice is apple juice wherever it comes from. If you ferment the straight juice with a general purpose yeast you will get a probably cloudy dry cider, probably around 4-5%. Measure the juice's specific gravity with a hydrometer befor...
by dave45
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:47 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens in the trees...
Replies: 6
Views: 1935

Re: Chickens in the trees...

My first batch of chickens would eye up a jump sideways (like they do) stare you down and (with clipped wings) flap/jump from a standing start up onto a 5-foot high wall.. I had to put lots of extra fencing in to contain them, and they were always escaping and getting lost/stuck. The current batch j...
by dave45
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: DIY breeze blocks
Replies: 12
Views: 2537

Re: DIY breeze blocks

£2.97 here http://www.buildingmaterials.co.uk/concrete-blocks.html

I built two garden walls with them, and can inform you that they are not precision-manufactured.... i.e. its a challenge to lay them accurately if you assume they are
by dave45
Wed Apr 01, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2716

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

rats digging into the compost heap tend to aerate it quite well, I find

plonk a baited rat trap nearby to catch the buggers

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