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by Lincolnshirelass
Thu Mar 29, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Spring Green Festival - Lincoln, April 21st
Replies: 1
Views: 1484

Spring Green Festival - Lincoln, April 21st

Hello! I hope it's OK to promote a new green event that I'm putting on? I work as the Community Music person at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln. Because my job description is fairly loose (pretty much - "hook the college up with good music and build a community!") I get a ...
by Lincolnshirelass
Fri May 14, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Straw Bale Council Houses
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Straw Bale Council Houses

Just thought I'd share this. I've been out today in my "musician" guise, playing for the Great and the Good at the official opening of the first straw bale social housing in the country today - in Waddington, Lincolnshire. Because me and my partner were there early, we got a guided tour, a...
by Lincolnshirelass
Wed May 12, 2010 5:30 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Duckling having fits and the solution.
Replies: 3
Views: 719

Duckling having fits and the solution.

Just wanted to share a bad thing that happened, and the solution I found, in case it happens to anyone else... I've incubated lots of hen eggs, but when I had a broody bantam in February, my friend offered me some fertile call duck eggs. I've not got any ducks, so I thought I'd give it a go. The bro...
by Lincolnshirelass
Wed May 12, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost in May!!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2501

Re: Frost in May!!!!!

Waaah! Despite me moving everything in the greenhouse, my spare cucurbits got frosted last night! Argh!!!! I thought I'd been so careful! It must have been pretty beastly last night. I shall put some extra straw out for my poor ducklings...
by Lincolnshirelass
Tue May 11, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: How feasible is this theory?
Replies: 17
Views: 1406

Re: How feasible is this theory?

How about the "George's Marvellous Medicine" cure? My mate does this with her egg-eating chooks... 1. Blow an egg and enlarge the hole at one end so that you can get one of those children's medicine syringes in it. 2. Get a bowl and put as many disgusting mixtures and strong tastes in as y...
by Lincolnshirelass
Tue May 11, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost in May!!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2501

Re: Frost in May!!!!!

The "1st of June" rule had passed me by. Oh well, I suppose we learn by our mistakes. Thankfully I learned from last year, and planted more than I actually wanted. I have spares. And they won't be going out until June! I had also been a *bit* cheeky and planted outside sweetcorn (I have no...
by Lincolnshirelass
Mon May 10, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Frost in May!!!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 2501

Frost in May!!!!!

It's meant to be Nuts in May, surely? I grew the most fabulous pumpkin and scallop squash plants from seed for my kids' raised allotment beds. They were so excited. Elder son just reported extreme wilting and when I dash down to see them, I note that they've been frost-nabbed last night :-( Argh!!!!...
by Lincolnshirelass
Mon May 10, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Outline Planning granted!
Replies: 13
Views: 1641

Re: Outline Planning granted!

Congratulations! We're in the middle of a housebuild ourselves - we chose the carbon-bastard method to high insulation values and are building with Insulated Concrete Formwork (now we're living in it I find it hard to regret the decision as it's very toasty and warm!). Whilst ICF is a million miles ...
by Lincolnshirelass
Mon May 10, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: help with between floors insulation...
Replies: 22
Views: 2379

Re: help with between floors insulation...

That's *terrible*! My husband's a builder and it makes me so angry when I hear about useless goits who give the rest of us a bad name... We're also self-building (literally due to husband's skills) and insulation is the top of our list - we also used neoprene strips between floorboards and joists to...
by Lincolnshirelass
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:42 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Don't panic!
Replies: 38
Views: 3750

I'm feeling vaguely smug as I run a diesel car and currently have 500L of heating oil in my house tank. 500L of heating oil which I would *never* dream of putting in my car. Oh no. Particularly not with 1/2L of 4 star petrol to alter the burning point to the correct level for diesel fuel efficiency ...
by Lincolnshirelass
Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:31 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Bionic eye... a reality!
Replies: 4
Views: 874

Something which is getting less press, but will affect even more people is the fact that trials for a dual-lens implantation operation for people with Macular Degeneration are underway. Sounds very technical, but basically, as you get older, LOTS of people get patches of vision which just don't work...
by Lincolnshirelass
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Easy candlemaking
Replies: 2
Views: 633

Easy candlemaking

Made a discovery a couple of months back, which I thought I'd share. I'd been reading the stories of "double-boilers" for candlemaking with concern - I had lots of bits of wax, but no double-boiler, and I was a bit scared by the phrase "spontaneous combusion" anyway :-( However, ...
by Lincolnshirelass
Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rotovator Advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 3669

Well, I've just investigated rotovator hire, and the price seems to be about £80+ a week, which seems very steep. If I'm going to try rotovating regularly (ie. every 10/11 days - which sounds like good advice), then I'm going to be broke in very short order. I may well be looking at the purchase pl...
by Lincolnshirelass
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rotovator Advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 3669

Thanks for the advice. Thankfully there is no bindweed or ground elder, just lots and lots of twitch, interspersed with a few nettles and thistles for variety. My lottie neighbour tells me that the only way to turn this ground is mechanically - she resorted to bribing a local farmer to plough hers! ...
by Lincolnshirelass
Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rotovator Advice?
Replies: 18
Views: 3669

Rotovator Advice?

I surrender. Last year I almost killed myself trying to dig our heavy clay allottment (unused for 6 years and a local hotspot for couch grass/twitch/nettles and thistles). This year I have decided to think seriously about copping myself a rotovator. My parents bought a 4 stroke mantis last year and ...

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