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by Odsox
Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: When is butternut squash ready to pick?
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: When is butternut squash ready to pick?

I'm growing Potimarrons for the first time this year as well as my 'normal' butternuts and the potimarrons are also a lot further forward. As yet there are no fruits as the male and female flowers have not managed to coincide yet, but I'm hoping to get at least one fruit to try. If we like them bett...
by Odsox
Fri Jul 18, 2008 10:11 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3136

Re: Solar heating cylinder

This is the kind of thing that is designed to confuse ! Taken from this site .. http://www.ashgrove.ie/solar-panels-schematic.htm According to them you need not one, but TWO cylinders, presumably both stainless steel ones. I can see how this might be an advantage if you intend to run central heating...
by Odsox
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:19 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: How do you rinse butter?
Replies: 4
Views: 998

Re: How do you rinse butter?

I agree, life's too short to wash butter if you're going to eat it fairly soon. The reason for washing butter is to get all the buttermilk out other wise the butter goes rancid after a time. This is a bit of a 'hang up' from the past before we all had fridges and quite often butter was made to last ...
by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:55 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: help - win32 problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1382

Re: help - win32 problem

Yeah it does.
Right click the icon and you can set XP to look like Win 95, 98, ME, 2000 or NT
Also 256 colours and 640 x 480 screen size.

One of those settings should fix it ... try looking at the spec on the program and see what it requires.
by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:31 am
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: help - win32 problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1382

Re: help - win32 problem

What version of Windows do you have ?
Have you recently up-graded to Vista for instance ?

Vista won't run any program that hasn't been "approved" by Microsoft, or at least that's what I've been given to understand.
I only run Windows XP, ME and 98 on my various machines.
by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:29 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: what do *you* feed your sourdough?
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Re: what do *you* feed your sourdough?

I tried this a few months back with absolutely no success at all ! As I make all our bread and having a very mean streak, I thought it made sense to produce my own yeast. But ...... I diligently followed the instructions I found on an American web site and totally wasted 1/2lb of flour. I too had a ...
by Odsox
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: evacuated tubes
Replies: 8
Views: 1717

Re: evacuated tubes

That's an interesting link MKG and one that I will read more thoroughly when I have time. Two things caught my attention ... they supply a stainless steel cylinder (as per my other thread) The system apparently runs at 5.3 bar or 78 psi which to my mind is pretty high pressure. The other thing is th...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:27 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2598

Re: Dehydrator hints

For me sun drying is totally out of the question. I lived on a peninsula about 500 metres from the sea and the humidity seldom drops below 75%, so anything put outside to dry would either rot or ferment. I can't even save my own pea seed as the peas immediately germinate in the pods before I have a ...
by Odsox
Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:18 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrator hints
Replies: 22
Views: 2598

Re: Dehydrator hints

Mine is a Stockli made in Switzerland, details here ... http://www.ukjuicers.com/dehydrators/St ... drator.htm
This is the second season since I bought it, so still fairly new to me, so obviously can't comment on how long they last.
It is pretty foolproof though as this fool can testify.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions and wind damage
Replies: 9
Views: 1240

Re: Onions and wind damage

Thanks for that Q.Master. I live the opposite end at Mizen Head and I am almost certainly going to plant some hybrid willows for firewood, but I was a bit concerned about the wind. Your post has put my mind at rest on that score. Just got to find out if hybrids suffer from the willow rust that the l...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:35 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3136

Re: Solar heating cylinder

Just thinking about what I wrote on the above post, I might have answered my own original query. If I have a solar panel on the roof, how do I get a header tank above the panel ? If it was a pressurised system it wouldn't be a problem ... hence maybe the need for a more robust cylinder ? Does that m...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:21 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3136

Re: Solar heating cylinder

My system, if I do it, would just be a simple system. A panel of tubes on the roof with a small pump controlled by a thermostat pumping the heated water through the secondary coil of my copper cylinder ... full stop. I don't need any other coils as the back up for cloudy days would be an immersion h...
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Water Chestnuts
Replies: 7
Views: 717

Re: Water Chestnuts

May I ask how you grow water chestnuts Wombat ?
Also where do you get the seeds/corms/plants ?

This just might be another use for hydroponics and the Portable Farms thread further down this list.
by Odsox
Tue Jul 15, 2008 8:41 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: When is butternut squash ready to pick?
Replies: 12
Views: 3089

Re: When is butternut squash ready to pick?

Sorry, not so MMM. Barbara butternuts stay stripey green even when they're mature. I agree other varieties of butternut are like that when young. I would also agree with 'baking' them in the heat of the sun, I have a small greenhouse (solar oven?) that I pile them in in the autumn and keep the door ...
by Odsox
Mon Jul 14, 2008 11:44 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Solar heating cylinder
Replies: 15
Views: 3136

Re: Solar heating cylinder

Thanks MKG. I have no knowledge of pressurised water systems although I know some central heating systems are pressurised. I have seen various sites that say you need a "special" hot water cylinder, but the only one that I could find for reference is http://www.kbf.ie/solar/cylinders.htm which links...