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by Rich.H
Mon Aug 05, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Help with burning waste
Replies: 9
Views: 3126

Help with burning waste

Currently myself and partner live in a mid terrace house with both and open fire/back boiler & oil heating system. I have recently looked into various ways of reducing the general things we use and the topic of water came up. The biggest culprit turned out to be the toilet as such we looked into...
by Rich.H
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:37 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Will this cover work?
Replies: 3
Views: 818

Will this cover work?

Have recently turned the front yard into a veg garden, while doing so I though I would devote a small square in the center to herbs for attracting a few bugs along with being handy for the kitchen. As I live in Northern Ireland I went with perennials and have the following planted. Sage, Rosemary, C...
by Rich.H
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:51 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Help with heavy clay bed
Replies: 7
Views: 828

Help with heavy clay bed

I have recently pulled up most of the concrete front yard for a veg garden. While the main section has been dug out and replaced completely, I still have one small strip Approx 60cm by 300cm that needs to be dug. Currently with work and other things in life I know I will not have the time to do this...
by Rich.H
Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:03 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Thoughts on vertical garden methods wanted
Replies: 5
Views: 1648

Thoughts on vertical garden methods wanted

Had a nosey at a few mthods of growing vertically the other day and narrowed down to a likely three that I can do with space and ability I have. Now comes the tricky bit of finding the most efficient. Firstly is a hydroponic system of pipes, pretty self explanitory in that water is dripped drown fro...
by Rich.H
Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Thinking of changing to wood burning heating system
Replies: 18
Views: 6647

Re: Thinking of changing to wood burning heating system

Thanks for the replies, seems I may have to keep the wood for the fireplace, keeping it burning through a large part of the day and just use the oil sparingly for water only.
by Rich.H
Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Thinking of changing to wood burning heating system
Replies: 18
Views: 6647

Thinking of changing to wood burning heating system

I currently have an oil based system for my heating in the house. Basic system of an oil tank, a burner that heats the CH and water. Also a back burner on the fire and the Electric immersion heater. Recently I aqquired a storage unit for work use, however it is far bigger than I will ever really nee...
by Rich.H
Sun Apr 29, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

Thanks for the tips, I've managed to borrow something that appears to be a hand rotavator (odd looking device but it has a motor therfore saves on backbreaking). Plus I have about 300 or so litres of almost ready compost along with living very close to the shoreline means a few lagre sacks worth of ...
by Rich.H
Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

Well finally finished removing everything yesterday. Took quite some time as every spare day I had was a monsoon day the last couple of weeks, and shifting 3 odd tonne of concrete and baselayer by hand is less than fun. So here is what I'm left with now. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v395/Feygan...
by Rich.H
Sat Apr 28, 2012 7:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Petition for more allotments - please sign up
Replies: 17
Views: 6886

Re: Petition for more allotments - please sign up

Not sure on exactly how practical it would be but an idea occured to me today regarding allotments. The council is always using the "we don't have enough space" argument as an excuse for allotments, however we all drive around lumps of pretty much unused space everyday. Roundabouts are wha...
by Rich.H
Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Jack Russell just got my hen
Replies: 22
Views: 3458

Re: Jack Russell just got my hen

Unless the JR is a working dog brought up around farm animals to know they are out of bounds, or it gets it's legs walked off at the back of a car every day then you can bet on something like this happening again in future. Simple fact all terriers are designed to kill animals often larger than them...
by Rich.H
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: badger or fox?
Replies: 14
Views: 1799

Re: badger or fox?

If the animal has left a clear roadway to your fence then trace this back 10 yeards or so and lay out a sandtrap to begin with. This will tell you what animal is causing the holes by your fence. If it's a badger your in sticky country as the law is all over the place on how you can deal with them so...
by Rich.H
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Tomato tips wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 388

Tomato tips wanted

Decided this year to have a go with a mass of cherry type toms indoors in pots. I've lots of places they can go and hopefully it will give me plenty of fresh toms for instant eating as well as a glut to make some sauce or such. At the moment I've around 50-60 seedling all sown in one large tray read...
by Rich.H
Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Advice about reusing plant water needed
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Advice about reusing plant water needed

Sat today thinking about how I can better use the space I have for growing and after some geeneral time wasting online I saw some nifty methods of vertical gardening. This led me down the path of some design ideas for growing things all over the front and back of the house. A brief summary would be ...
by Rich.H
Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Some advice for small plot wanted

Thanks for the reply hadn't considered seaweed before although I am aware of deep mulching so i'm guessing it will serve the same function?

Also is the type of seaweed important or can I use pretty much anything with similar results?
by Rich.H
Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Some advice for small plot wanted
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Some advice for small plot wanted

Hoping I can get a few pointers on a smnall plot for my front garden/yard. Currently all I have is a concrete slab so it's coming up with raised beds going in it's place. I've crunched some numbers and the best use of the space I can manage is two beds with a walkway for access. Bed 1 = 2100mmx2300m...

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