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by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Hot weather and water
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Hot weather and water

The island where I used to live had poor groundwater, and a lot of people had rainwater collection systems to supplement their wells. Rainwater can be used for drinking, but the system has to be designed with that in mind. They put a sediment collection tank in the line to collect the first few gall...
by KathyLauren
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: Well, poop!

Not likely rabbits Kath - they ususally take them off at stem first (45 degree cut) and then eat them. Well, the stems are pretty woody. They nipped off the branches at their bases, ate most of the greenery, and left a couple of leaves on the ground. It didn't look like the work of slugs, our other...
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Re: Well, poop!

Well, surprisingly, all the tomato plants recovered. This was due to my practice of NOT pinching off the suckers. I have learned in the past, from previous unseasonably late frosts, that the suckers are your insurance. So, although the early June frost killed all the leaves and branches of several o...
by KathyLauren
Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Weed killing on lawns
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Weed killing on lawns

In a lot of places here, the use of herbicides for cosmetic purposes (i.e. killing weeds in a lawn) is not permitted. We like a "lawn" that looks like reclaimed forest floor. When we have bare patches, we seed them with a mix of grass and clover seed.
by KathyLauren
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Hot weather and water
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Hot weather and water

I used to live in an area that had routine summertime droughts. It was not uncommon to go from May to October with only a millimetre or two of rain. We installed three large tanks to collect rainwater in the spring, with a total of 20,000 litres of storage capacity, and filled them with water collec...
by KathyLauren
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:14 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Well, poop!
Replies: 8
Views: 634

Well, poop!

I decided to try tomatoes again this year. Last year I grew them in pots, and they all got blight. Not suggesting that was cause and effect, but this year I planted them in the garden. I thought that waiting a week after the Victoria Day long weekend (May 21st) would be safe from frost. Well, not th...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 98
Views: 31980

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

We haven't had a telly for about 13 years. We've got the hardware, but we only use it for watching movies, initially on VHS or DVD, and more recently on Netflix. I like music, but I was brought up to be considerate of other people. I don't like it loud anyway, but if I'm where people would find it a...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. I fear you are truly in a minority . Most feel perfectly justified in taking flights just to sit on a beach achieving nothing except the reduction in world booze stocks " because I've...
by KathyLauren
Tue May 22, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 1109

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

As a former military pilot, I love flying. But I really can't justify it, especially not for recreational purposes. The last time I flew, it was for a move across the country. We'd thought about driving, but that would have been too hard on the dog and cat. Time before that, it was to see my dad on ...
by KathyLauren
Fri May 04, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2168

Re: Has Spring sprung?

We have finally caught up, and spring is here. Sorry to hear you folks on that side of the pond are still looking for it. We have daffodils starting to flower. The dandelions have been out along the roadsides for a while. Grass is turning green, and, when we let the hound out to pee, there is usuall...
by KathyLauren
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Woodshed
Replies: 9
Views: 5541

Re: Woodshed

Hi, Kiwi Bloke. Thanks! We have used the woodshed for a couple of winters now, and it is working well. The size is right: last year, we used half a row more than one bay; this year, we used half a row less than one bay. I had to do some structural adjustments because the weight of the wood was bendi...
by KathyLauren
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2168

Re: Has Spring sprung?

We have icing sugar snow rather thick and lying with a wicked east north east wind adding a chill factor of -8 or thereabouts today. Underneath the soil is sodden from previous heavy rain and snow. KL I think that we both have the remnants of winter hanging on. Planting may well be April outside. I...
by KathyLauren
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2168

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Oh, how I miss living on the west coast with its British-like climate! By now, out there, the snowdrops would have been and gone, the crocuses would be flowering, and the daffodils would be up and starting to set buds. Here, we had 33cm of heavy, wet snow last week. It took me four tanks of fuel in ...
by KathyLauren
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:51 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie here :)
Replies: 12
Views: 1824

Re: Newbie here :)

Hi, Bubblefamily. I'm kind of an Ish wanna-be. I am not really successful at it, though. I have one thing in common with you: I was born in Northern Ireland. I live in Canada now. For a while we lived on an island on the west coast of Canada where the climate was very similar to that of the British ...
by KathyLauren
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Storm Dylan?
Replies: 26
Views: 2337

Re: Storm Dylan?

Tractors and cars should be doubly OK because they are insulated from the ground by rubber tyres A lightning strike is typically around 3,000,000 volts per metre. A rubber tire is not even going to slow it down. Agreed, but the downward negative stroke is attracted to upward earthed positive stroke...