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by surlymonkey
Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Decent UK bartering site?
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Re: Decent UK bartering site?

I've not heard of any bartering sites. Maybe you could start one?! I have considered starting a batering site that incorporates a feedback system like Fleabay. I'm not sure I have the time to drive the traffic there to make it worthwhile. I might take advantage of Fleabay's traffic and advertise th...
by surlymonkey
Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:46 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: survive on a very tight budget
Replies: 65
Views: 12655

Re: survive on a very tight budget

I'm on the rock 'n' roll (dole), and find it hard to cope with rising food prices. I generally try to stick to protein & grains to keep me full for longer (cheap eggs, liver, lentils, that sort of thing). I stopped eating foods that were rich in carbs as I became hungry soon after (rice, bread)....
by surlymonkey
Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:29 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Decent UK bartering site?
Replies: 4
Views: 1893

Decent UK bartering site?

I'm hoping to barter my services as a web designer for particular items.

From personal experience, can somebody recommend a decent UK bartering site?

If anyone's interested, I create both e-commerce & personal websites.
by surlymonkey
Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:45 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Real Ginger Beer Plant
Replies: 121
Views: 36273

Re: Real Ginger Beer Plant

There's a decent GBP group over at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GingerBeerPlant/
You might be able to get a free plant here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/GingerBee ... Rows&tbl=1

Tony.
by surlymonkey
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:25 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Fishing for Crayfish
Replies: 34
Views: 15266

Re: Fishing for Crayfish

I too wanted to trap for personal consumption and thought I would do it legeally and properly and what a minefield. I applied for a licence but first I have to tell them what part of what river I want to trap in,then I have to get that owners permission for that part of the river .Then...! I reappl...
by surlymonkey
Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: mushroom hunting
Replies: 6
Views: 1642

Re: mushroom hunting

The collins Gem book is pretty good, but for edibles only I'd get the River Cottage Handbook No.1 by John Wright.
by surlymonkey
Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:32 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Fishing rights - who owns a river?
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: Fishing rights - who owns a river?

I rang the Enviroment Agency, 03708 506 506** (Mon-Fri, 8am - 6pm), and the local fisheries officer mentioned getting in contact with either the local council/parish, angling club. Also mentioned getting in touch with the land owner; I suspect you visit the Land Registry for the info. I would've tho...
by surlymonkey
Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:54 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Fishing rights - who owns a river?
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Fishing rights - who owns a river?

I'm hoping to get into fishing soon, but have been stumped on one thing...

How do I find out who owns a part of a river?

Tony.
by surlymonkey
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Homemade plant pots anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 3302

Homemade plant pots anyone?

Went down town to buy some ordinary plastic plant pots, and was surprised at the prices! As I don't have any medium-large containers that I could ultilize, I'm thinking of making my own pots. Here are some possible solutions: 1) Paper mache - newspaper mixed with wallpaper paste and made waterproof ...
by surlymonkey
Mon May 02, 2011 10:53 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Don't buy this product...
Replies: 15
Views: 1652

Re: Don't buy this product...

Cheers Odsox re the tip on nuking the soil!
by surlymonkey
Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Indoor pest! Sciarid / Fungus Flies.
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Re: Indoor pest! Sciarid / Fungus Flies.

Good tips here. I've also found out that putting a layer of dry, sharp sand on the soil stops the flies laying the eggs. To get rid of the larvae under the soil, nematodes (approx £7 per pack) will help. But the downside is cost as they need to be applied every 6-8 wks. Somebody suggested using neem...
by surlymonkey
Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:24 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Indoor pest! Sciarid / Fungus Flies.
Replies: 5
Views: 910

Indoor pest! Sciarid / Fungus Flies.

I'm having problems with tiny black flies with my indoor plants. The buggers, also known as Sciarid / Fungus flies, are now buzzing around as I'm typing this. I've found out that they're attracted to damp compost, and that the maggots cause alot of damage to the tender roots of seedlings (although w...
by surlymonkey
Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:30 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Keeping celery fresh?
Replies: 19
Views: 1765

Re: Keeping celery fresh?

Thanks all for tips on keeping celery, and mentioning Lovage (something I've never heard of, but would like to try).

I liked Annpan's idea of putting them into a pot of water, so will give that a try. Cheers me dear!

Tony.
by surlymonkey
Thu Apr 14, 2011 12:30 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Keeping celery fresh?
Replies: 19
Views: 1765

Keeping celery fresh?

Hi folks.

I love celery, what's more, I love fresh celery.

So, how do you keep yours from wilting? (oh er missus!)
by surlymonkey
Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:36 am
Forum: Alternative Transport
Topic: Puncture proof tyres
Replies: 19
Views: 9796

Re: Puncture proof tyres

I also second the Marathon Plus tyres. They enable me to ride around glass strewn roads with gay abandon! They're pricey, but there are cheaper alternatives on Fleabay.

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