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by BernardSmith
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: Crop Rotation

As a naive vegetable gardener who plants multiple "crops" in beds 4 m by about 3.3 m is there any scientific basis for "rotating" crops? I am not growing acres of a single plant and I am continually replacing nutrients used up each season when I add compost and other adjuncts. Isn't the basis for ro...
by BernardSmith
Fri May 10, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 6
Views: 861

Re: A nation of hoarders

I am not sure that "hoarding" is the problem here. Hoarders seem to actively collect "stuff" rather than fail to get rid of "stuff" that clutters their living space. Hoarding can point to a form of compulsive behavior that might be pathological. Clutter is different. It's when we have too much stuff...
by BernardSmith
Wed May 01, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I don't know how ....
Replies: 7
Views: 906

Re: I don't know how ....

Hi Weedo, Interesting point. I never thought about those of us who spend some time in one culture and some time in another. I am with the State University of NY and my working day is very dependent on technology (we have meetings via Skype and I have multiple terminals on my desk but when I return h...
by BernardSmith
Mon Apr 29, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I don't know how ....
Replies: 7
Views: 906

Re: I don't know how ....

I think what you are observing is that we live with a number of cultures none of which really understand the other and none of which really speak to any other. One culture views everything as disposable and looks to find the ways to live using money to solve most problems. Here, for example, there a...
by BernardSmith
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: growing potatoes

Ah.. What a great idea.. I see it now. The Grow bag is cut so it resembles a W (sort of kind of) I might in fact borrow that idea although I did splurge and bought about six re-usable bags from Amazon... But I can always return them...
by BernardSmith
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: growing potatoes

I've heard of people using a grow-bag cut in half. Imagine the bag flat on the ground in front of you; make a cut through the upper surface half-way along (ie divide across the short axis) leaving the underside intact to keep the halves together. Lift up the (cut) middle and readjust the contents s...
by BernardSmith
Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: growing potatoes

:dontknow: Tires... Hmm.. but the only tires I have are on my car. That's not true. I have tires on my bicycle too but those are quite narrow gauge and I really need the tires on my car. ... Removing tires from my neighbors' cars does not seem like a very friendly act..
by BernardSmith
Tue Mar 26, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Re: growing potatoes

Thanks for your thoughts. Much appreciated. Given the very consistent view that the box would likely to disintegrate I have modified my plan and will line plastic crates with burlap and so make a kind of "grow bag" for the potatoes. That should give me an effective growing height of at least 25 cm. ...
by BernardSmith
Mon Mar 25, 2019 1:52 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: growing potatoes
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

growing potatoes

I am thinking of using cardboard boxes as growing pots for this year's batch of potatoes. Anyone tried this before? Is this a crazy idea?
by BernardSmith
Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 4419

Re: Tidying up with ...

But I think this conversation highlights the fact that today we have so much "stuff" in our lives. Sure some "stuff" might come in useful who knows when . Other "stuff" we get so attached to that even when it is so battered to be almost useless we still cannot stomach the idea of recycling or cannib...
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 2319

Re: Our new world diet?

Both your argument, Odsox, and Weedo's cannot be dismissed and need to engaged with but the key point, I think is that our present approach is fundamentally unsustainable given the need to feed the population of the world we have; given the rate at which this population reproduces; given our increas...
by BernardSmith
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our new world diet?
Replies: 19
Views: 2319

Re: Our new world diet?

I guess my reading of the report is very different from yours. It suggests that a sustainable diet for the population of our planet is to move away from meat and to move to legumes and grains. You want to focus on rice.. that's your call but grains and legumes is the key, not specifically rice and i...
by BernardSmith
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

I was thinking more like companies like CubeSmart (I have no connection with them - other than passing one when I travel from the Bronx to Manhattan) https://www.cubesmart.com/new-york-self ... f-storage/
by BernardSmith
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Interesting situation in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: Interesting situation in NYC

Not sure what they cost but there are lots of storage units in NYC that you rent. I would assume that there are similar numerous units throughout London too.
by BernardSmith
Tue Dec 18, 2018 1:22 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?
Replies: 3
Views: 2628

Re: Can you store or reheat mulled cider?

I guess I am a little confused by your question and concern, JT101. If you ferment fruit sugars and produce an alcoholic drink such as cider, even at 6% ABV this will naturally keep for months, if not years, as long as the seal on the bottle is good and does not permit the passage of air into the bo...