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by dave45
Mon Jan 05, 2015 9:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Composting, Daleks and NPK
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Re: Composting, Daleks and NPK

tbh years ago I tried all that turning the heap stuff and it seemed to make no difference. the only heat I got/get is from grass clippings... and that is just so much single-ingredient stuff complete with mould/fungus.... I really don't mind it taking 6-12 months to process. I do tip the odd bucket ...
by dave45
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Composting, Daleks and NPK
Replies: 16
Views: 1657

Composting, Daleks and NPK

I have been "composting" for decades and currently use the council's black daleks.. I just tip stuff (almost anything) in the top and dig out "compost" from the bottom every now and then.... it is full of worms and I doubt that it gets the heat production advertised for "pro...
by dave45
Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: And so it begins ...
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: And so it begins ...

It was 20C in the greenhouse today (yes THAT homebrew greenhouse) so I planted a row of pea seeds as an experiment. Also trying bringing in strawberry plants to grow under the grape vines (growing along wires about 1.2 m high)
by dave45
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Do it yourself Greenhouse - Building Guide
Replies: 6
Views: 3418

Re: Do it yourself Greenhouse

So here's a link to the photo set... gawd knows how u put them in the order you want them - you'll have to figure it out for yourselves!

http://s1119.photobucket.com/user/davew ... t=2&page=1
by dave45
Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Do it yourself Greenhouse - Building Guide
Replies: 6
Views: 3418

Re: Do it yourself Greenhouse

Not quite sure how to do pics... I have uploaded a set to photobucket... lets see if i can post a pic of my jungle garden before terraforming began.... [photobucket] http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k640/davew45/wall08before_zps5e176e31.jpg [/photobucket] oh crap - its saying my extra images can ...
by dave45
Sun Jan 04, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: Do it yourself Greenhouse - Building Guide
Replies: 6
Views: 3418

Re: Do it yourself Greenhouse

If anyone is interested I have a few pics of when I built my homebrew greenhouse 5 years ago !

Slightly different technique to this one
by dave45
Sat Jan 03, 2015 12:17 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Insulated Hen House for winter
Replies: 4
Views: 1878

Re: Insulated Hen House for winter

What TOG rating are a hen's feathers?
by dave45
Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Indoor camping
Replies: 18
Views: 1763

Re: Indoor camping

Well this year I have pollarded 5 trees and reckon the wood from that would last a third of a winter.. but then that's for secondary heating... triple it for a sole source of heat.. and counting the tree rings, my pollarding is on an 8-year cycle - so thats 5 x 3 x 3 x 8 trees for a continuous flow ...
by dave45
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Indoor camping
Replies: 18
Views: 1763

Re: Indoor camping

DND - wasn't that why they invented coppicing to keep a continuous flow of wood?
by dave45
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:50 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: rats in the chicken coop
Replies: 29
Views: 4688

Re: rats in the chicken coop

Update... currently on rat 17. These traps are ace. I feel like I am clearing vermin from Lancashire! The buggers are getting smarter though - they have tipped the trap on its side to stop it triggering. I responded with a brick. They have triggered it without getting the food or getting trapped. An...
by dave45
Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree
Replies: 5
Views: 1655

Re: Rescuing a cobnut / hazelnut tree

I planted 4 hazels about 3 years ago, and they are about 1.5 m high now.... and overgrown with weeds, hops and nettles etc... I'll clear the weeds out in the depths of winter and shape the tree into a hedge-like structure... I tried growing the laterals along canes (tied in), but I've let them lapse...
by dave45
Tue Dec 02, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Redcurrant wine
Replies: 4
Views: 1709

Re: Redcurrant wine

Final result: a lovely dry rose wine. Sample approved by a friend at work as up there with commercial rose wines.

I think I am going to have to replace some blackcurrant bushes with redcurrants... ISTR that they aren't as easy as blackcurrnats to propagate though - any hints?
by dave45
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:52 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Shredded paper
Replies: 20
Views: 3814

Re: Shredded paper

I have dug shredded paper into the ground to break up claggy soil... it looks ugly for a while then disappears. I use a cheap stationery box paper-shredder on all manner of scrap paper. Haven't tried it for chicken bedding yet, but as I am running out of wood-shavings, I think I'll give it a go. And...
by dave45
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: knackered lead-acid batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 2667

Re: knackered lead-acid batteries

What's a battery pulser? my charge controller does pulsing (PCM) when the battery voltage rises when you say "charge at 14.4V or 24v" - what do you mean? the voltage is set by the battery surely? if you connect a battery at 11.6V to a source at 12v, 14v or 24v, the battery voltage starts a...
by dave45
Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: 5 "schnapps"
Replies: 15
Views: 2975

Re: 5 "schnapps"

How does the alcohol duty work on high %age spirits?

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