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by Gardengatecottage
Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.
Replies: 13
Views: 2228

Re: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.

How did you do the hotbed ? is this a compost pit idea ? we tried a compost bed once and it seemed to work although there was little evidence of extra warmth ... saying that, we were very new to tunnels and perhaps in our enthusiasm, we overlooked (or overcooked) something.
by Gardengatecottage
Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.
Replies: 13
Views: 2228

Re: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.

That sounds like a good idea ... probably gets stifling in there ! A great place to sit with a nice white wine ...
by Gardengatecottage
Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:49 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.
Replies: 13
Views: 2228

Re: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.

:cheers: Huzzah ! We have cleaned the polythene of the tunnel ! It gets done every November to let more light in over the winter period. There's never much gunge as such and takes little effort to remove but the difference once done is SO good. True to form, just like when you wash your car, it rain...
by Gardengatecottage
Tue Dec 04, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Sarpo potatoes - anyone got any experiences
Replies: 16
Views: 2514

Re: Sarpo potatoes - anyone got any experiences

We grew Sarpo after a recommendation in the local agri-suppliers. They were ok but not as good as others we've grown or bought from organic farms. We found they fell apart very quickly when cooked and the crop wasn't bountiful like other varieties. We'll not try again. Still love the Pink Fur Apples...
by Gardengatecottage
Fri Nov 30, 2012 5:33 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.
Replies: 13
Views: 2228

Re: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.

I like the idea of the fire ashes ... I'd forgotten about them. I used to take a bucketful out to my old Ford Anglia when I was a lot younger, it had no carpets and would be toasty by the time I had to go to work. When the cold seriously kicks in, I think we'll do that. We do use fleece for the unha...
by Gardengatecottage
Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wood for the burner
Replies: 17
Views: 6867

Re: wood for the burner

Spot on there ... the coatings are something to be very cautious about. The heavily impregnated timbers (tanalised, creosote etc.) should be avoided. They may burn well but the fumes will be lethal and I wouldn't trust the ashes afterwards (if you intend to use it on the land). Cutting creosote base...
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Polytunnels - maintenance and running.
Replies: 13
Views: 2228

Polytunnels - maintenance and running.

Hi all. The frosts have arrived and everything is slowing down in the tunnel. We always have fresh salad on Christmas Day for breakfast (with sliced smoked venison and a small sloe gin) ... real local, high quality, low priced produce. Yes, I know venison is dear (sorry) but pound for pound, higher ...
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Best Chainsaw
Replies: 17
Views: 9637

Re: Best Chainsaw

Also, used a vegetable based chain lube oil. You'd be surprised how much oil spray you inhale/ingest. I always use the veg oil ... it's gentler on us and the environment. I was asked to log up in a local field where the owner was to let her thoroughbred horses onto the land afterwards. There's no w...
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wood for the burner
Replies: 17
Views: 6867

Re: wood for the burner

Has anyone tried driftwood from the seashore ? We used to collect it as children and then during the strikes as young adults. Nowadays, we only tend to get it when we remember. When dry, the salty wood burns with an incredible sparkle and constantly changing colour flame.
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: wood for the burner
Replies: 17
Views: 6867

Re: wood for the burner

I usually get windfall timber from a friend's wood. It helps clear the area for him, makes it safer and gives me free fuel. We are just logging a huge horse chestnut that is hollow (which made for challenging safety issues). It'll take a while to season but if it's anything like the Ash tree I was g...
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: vaporizing hops (Humulus lupulus)
Replies: 2
Views: 786

Re: vaporizing hops (Humulus lupulus)

This sounds brilliant. I've been meaning to do something with the hops I have left over, now I know that my mates can use them :o)
by Gardengatecottage
Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: 1 acre Smalholding for sale. Sligo, Ireland.
Replies: 0
Views: 2904

1 acre Smalholding for sale. Sligo, Ireland.

We have restored a 3 bedroom old cottage to traditional style but with efficiency, ease of maintenance and comfort in mind. Double glazed throughout with GRBP doors, insulated ceilings, multi-fuel stove, solid fuel Rayburn plus Gas C/H (as reserve). One acre land currently set to 25 raised beds, sma...

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