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by dave45
Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Twiggy compost heap
Replies: 11
Views: 1485

Re: Twiggy compost heap

if I don't shred the twiggy bits, they emerge uncomposted ... and I put them round again for another cycle.
Maybe I should soak them first... nice idea
by dave45
Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Kitchen scraps in compost bins
Replies: 29
Views: 2661

Re: Kitchen scraps in compost bins

I trap rats, execute them with an air rifle and bung the carcasses in the compost bin.

Is this OK?
by dave45
Thu Mar 05, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: First bread maker
Replies: 14
Views: 2535

Re: First bread maker

I've had a Panasonic Breadmaker for about 7 years, and use it regularly... The non-stickiness of the bread-pan fades/goes after a few years of regular use and replacement pans are nearly as much as a new machine (i.e. the greedy b'stards don't want you to repair old machines). Ebay got me a slightly...
by dave45
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens and winter
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

Chickens and winter

I have had the current batch of chickens for coming up to two years - i.e. they have passed through two winters... In neither winter did they stop producing or moult properly (the previous batch did). Why is this? They have slowed down in production but not by much - still getting 1, 2 or 3 a day. N...
by dave45
Thu Mar 05, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Propagating vines
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: Propagating vines

I was looking at method 2 here http://www.bunchgrapes.com/cuttings.html
all sorts of differing advice !
by dave45
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Propagating vines
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Re: Propagating vines

is that warm feet, cold head. Doofaloofa?
by dave45
Sun Mar 01, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Propagating vines
Replies: 10
Views: 1772

Propagating vines

I have bought a load of dead twigs / prunings. a.k.a. Madeleine Angevine vine cuttings. Any tips to make them root and thrive? So far I have soaked them for 2 hours, planted some in perlite and potting compost, some of those on a heated seed tray, some with rooting gel straight into the ground outsi...
by dave45
Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:48 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: FREE ,DEMI JOHNS
Replies: 15
Views: 6824

Re: FREE ,DEMI JOHNS

FWIW last year I unintentionally made a demi-john cloche by pouring in hot apple-juice through a funnel. I steam-extract apple juice and I had left it cool down for a bit.... not long enough obviously.
by dave45
Sun Jan 11, 2015 9:28 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vines
Replies: 1
Views: 552

Vines

Does anyone recommend a good source of bare-rooted (maiden?) vines mailorder? I'm after about 10 Madeleine Angevine plants
by dave45
Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:11 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Ecofan
Replies: 21
Views: 18235

Re: Ecofan

FWIW I tried a large 12V computer fan powered by a battery to distribute woodburner heat... I consider the test a failure as it made no appreciable difference.. I concluded that you'd need a much more powerful office-style fan to shift enough air. My WB is in a chimney alcove so I was concerned that...
by dave45
Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:36 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbine trees
Replies: 8
Views: 1993

Re: Wind turbine trees

VAWTs are more "kinetic sculptures" than energy generators... there weren't any in the Warwick wind trials coz they are even more useless than the domestic HAWTs. have a browse through http://www.wind-works.org/cms/index.php?id=116 Small domestic wind is hopeless unless you have ideal cond...
by dave45
Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:40 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wind turbine trees
Replies: 8
Views: 1993

Re: Wind turbine trees

bet they don't work anywhere near as well as claimed .... vertical axis!

look up the warwick wind trials
by dave45
Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Composting, Daleks and NPK
Replies: 16
Views: 1651

Re: Composting, Daleks and NPK

I remember the term "HLA" too :-)
And my kids have had permission to pee on the compost heap from an early age
by dave45
Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Cone technique - no dig
Replies: 5
Views: 1126

Re: Cone technique - no dig

Spot on DND - cheers

and here it is online and in a new edition by the looks http://www.gardeningguild.org/resources ... Grower.pdf
by dave45
Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Cone technique - no dig
Replies: 5
Views: 1126

Cone technique - no dig

Many moons ago (pre-internet) I borrowed a library book that expounded a technique for growing veggies on any ground whatsoever. AIRI it involved no digging at all. Instead it used a metal rod that you bashed into the ground and rotated to make a cone-shaped hole. You filled it with some copyright c...

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