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by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Why is my fudge too hard!
Replies: 4
Views: 1590

Re: Why is my fudge too hard!

It might be that the temperature recommended in the recipe is too high - they do get things wrong, and the transition between soft and hard ball fudge is quite fine . You could try cutting it by 5°C and see what happens. If it doesn't set, at least you'll have a nice sauce for ice cream!
by The Riff-Raff Element
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: weight loss 2013
Replies: 98
Views: 9702

Re: weight loss 2013

:mrgreen: Made target weight. I can start eating a modest number of peanuts.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Fri Apr 12, 2013 5:22 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: lye and soap making help
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: lye and soap making help

Excellent! Pleased it worked for you.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Apr 11, 2013 6:05 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do we get traffic to our facebook page?
Replies: 15
Views: 3165

Re: How do we get traffic to our facebook page?

I can muliti-task: I can walk around AND breath at the same time.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do we get traffic to our facebook page?
Replies: 15
Views: 3165

Re: How do we get traffic to our facebook page?

Ask people to "like" it, which I have.

(And do feel free to "like" https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vend%C3% ... 18?fref=ts - I've not been updating lately, but I will be starting again now that we are heading into our season.)
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:37 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: If you own an allotment or have a veg patch, why?
Replies: 20
Views: 4080

Re: If you own an allotment or have a veg patch, why?

I regard food growing as a small declaration of independence and a form of homage to God / Nature (delete as your taste suits) plus I can grow stuff that I cannot easily buy (curious varieties of tomato and so forth).

Welcome, by the way.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:31 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: lye and soap making help
Replies: 5
Views: 2310

Re: lye and soap making help

The reason that you cannot find a recipe is that you are realms of the imprecise! Traditionally, if you can float a fresh egg in the lye so that at least one inch is showing above the liquid, then you have the desired concentration. Then you combine 200g of lard with one litre of the lye to make the...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:35 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: DIY Greenhouse Scheme
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

Re: DIY Greenhouse Scheme

Skippy - no idea why you can see only the wallpaper on that site: browser, perhaps?

Tony - that is nice and it just goes to show what can be done DIY.
by The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: DIY Greenhouse Scheme
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

Re: DIY Greenhouse Scheme

Thanks for the replies. On the points raised: - Wood is not wildly expensive here, and I imagine that painted white they would reflect light, which would help to an extent with the shading. For the size I'm thinking of I'd add a central pillar too. - Agree about the metal sheets. I'd use wood or at ...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: DIY Greenhouse Scheme
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

DIY Greenhouse Scheme

I've always wanted a greenhouse. I know poly tunnels are very practical and efficient, but I want a greenhouse because I like them. Unhappily, a decent sized, decent quality, greenhouse would appear to cost in the region of €3000. That I do not have. What I have found is plans that would allow me - ...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Do it yourself Greenhouse - Building Guide
Replies: 6
Views: 4130

Re: Do it yourself Greenhouse

Is this safe? New member links always look a bit dodgey! I had a look and my pooter did not explode. Why do people always have to direct you to their own blogs which then bombard you with adverts for this and that, I think this person is just a self promoter with no interest in the forum other than...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Sun Mar 31, 2013 6:43 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Fresh manure
Replies: 17
Views: 2734

Re: Fresh manure

Now we've got a bit better at industrial agriculture, but we still haven't done enough work to understand how what we are doing in the fields is impacting human health. We see an epidemic of obesity in the West, a rise in all kinds of allergies, food intolerances and some cancers and we're still de...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:28 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Fresh manure
Replies: 17
Views: 2734

Re: Fresh manure

The business of fixing nitrogen via the Haber process was made imperative by war - there was simply no way that enough explosive could be made by other methods. During peacetime it rather became a technology looking for an application, which, happily, farming provided. The problem was that it was as...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Fresh manure
Replies: 17
Views: 2734

Re: Fresh manure

5.It's the natural way to grow food......'We plant the seed,nature grows the seed'', etc. etc. ps. Your bike's in the bath. That too. I like to think of well-managed pasture, with a mix of various grasses and herbs, as a sort of natural chemical plant. Legumes fix nitrogen to be taken up by the gra...
by The Riff-Raff Element
Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:06 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Fresh manure
Replies: 17
Views: 2734

Re: Fresh manure

I would agree with Flo, except for the bit about: "There is no value in manure other than it is a soil improver. It will rot down and then you can turn it in but you will still have to use fertilisers to feed whatever crops you plant next year." The fertiliser value of all manures varies according t...