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by tim_n
Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Chilis under LED lighting
Replies: 2
Views: 506

Growing Chilis under LED lighting

I've just bought an LED light from ebay (£20 of your english notes) to increase the available light during the early morning hours and later evening to get the chili plants underway.

I've seen several reviews that say they're pretty rubbish, anyone had any experience with them?
by tim_n
Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:31 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: growing ginger
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

Re: growing ginger

I've tried and had little success. It needs a very temperate verging on tropical climate. as Davie Crockett above said, I left it one or two days late in the greenhouse and it was dead. Good luck! It's easy to grow, just not easy to keep alive :)
by tim_n
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:07 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Earth oven
Replies: 34
Views: 14505

Re: Earth oven

had a big burn this weekend in my earth oven. The clay and sawdust insulating layer caught fire due to cracks in the oven itself. Temps were hot. Very hot. First time I'd got it quite that hot and we were able to cook about 9-10 pizzas (took about 2-3 mins to cook) on a baking tray one at a time. I ...
by tim_n
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Water storage on the cheap
Replies: 16
Views: 6109

Re: Water storage on the cheap

Well mine has just reached 1000 litres and is now starting to overfill - it'll soon start draining to the top of the one next to it.

The water still smells fine!
by tim_n
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Pallets - how to take them apart. x post
Replies: 25
Views: 11575

Re: Pallets - how to take them apart. x post

Sorry to bring this to the top, but I've got something to add having read an instructable on using pallet wood - specifically look at the comments where the guy has made a tool for extracting the wood...

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to- ... Joint-Box/
by tim_n
Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Water storage on the cheap
Replies: 16
Views: 6109

Re: Water storage on the cheap

was hoping just boxing them in would sort the problem - I've never noticed smells coming from any of my waterbutts in the past, so was hoping the same would be said here! When I used to have a 220ltr butt I would use one of those hand watering my plants a day, I don't know if I was over watering, bu...
by tim_n
Tue Oct 04, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rhubarb failure
Replies: 21
Views: 1991

Re: Rhubarb failure

I'll follow the split and 'pack in manure' advice from Tim - I've never worked out how to add manure, . Take bag o'manure, dump over top. Best time is before the crown starts sending up shoots, or alternatively if your one is currently stem less, now. I actually planted my original rhubarb into a b...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Storing apples
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Storing apples

Something I'll have to think about in a couple of years when my backyard orchard gets going!
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: waark.com, green living and self sufficientish blog
Replies: 6
Views: 5395

Re: waark.com, green living and self sufficientish blog

Thanks Maggie - I didn't actually read your post before I'd done it - I belong to several forums and it's part of my sig on many of them, but believe it or not I'd never bothered to do it here. Sorted now though!

Did you check out the site?
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Gardening and Camera
Replies: 27
Views: 1755

Re: Gardening and Camera

Thanks for having a look! - deficient in pictures? I only put one or two up, more if I think a process needs it etc. I do videos with my timelapse camera because, well, they're timelapse :) I did have a looky on your blog as I'd seen a few posts on the forum. I didn't really 'get' the image link (I ...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Storing apples
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Storing apples

I use an old defunct upright freezer, although a dead fridge works just as well. Line the shelves with newspaper and just place the apples in one layer if possible. Fridges that are 'off' smell - does this happen if it's filled with apples? Or does it smell apple-y? Or more importantly does the CO2...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:46 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Water storage on the cheap
Replies: 16
Views: 6109

Water storage on the cheap

In my house I was having flooding problems, so knowing that I'd just planted an orchard and was planning to set up some raised veg beds, I needed an alternative source of water - and therefore storage. I looked into digging a hole and buying a 3,000 litre underground tank. That ought to sort the pro...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Storing apples
Replies: 10
Views: 1015

Re: Storing apples

I've never done it. My grandfather seemed to have the art - they had a purpose build shed next to the back door. It had flat shelves in made of plyboard and the apples were just placed onto newspaper sheets on top of the plyboard. Seemed to work for him and some of those apples were still there 4 mo...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Rhubarb failure
Replies: 21
Views: 1991

Re: Rhubarb failure

when they get old like us, they get lazy. Dig it up about nowish, take a spade to the little blighter. Mine was huge - about 1.5 metres2 Split into four (I literally just hacked it straight down with a spade - it looked like four slices of cake), I repacked with plenty of fresh manure (not even rott...
by tim_n
Mon Oct 03, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: cooking oil and fat
Replies: 15
Views: 7387

Re: cooking oil and fat

a lot of the problem seems to be draining the water off first, I thought about some sort of oil filter fitted with a coffee filter paper - but you've still got to dispose of the filter papers as well.

Ho hum. No recycling plants near me unfortunately.