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by wulf
Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences
Replies: 28
Views: 12713

Re: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences

I do think that everyone on mains should have water meters as it does make you appreciate how much you use, and using it on your garden (whether from stored water or mains) makes you appreciate it even more. Then there is the double edged sword of growing your own veg, particularly lettuce, which n...
by wulf
Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: rhubarb plants needed
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

Re: rhubarb plants needed

0%? Yes, that's about what I managed. I'm going to see how I do with seeds harvested from my own plant rather than ordered online.

Wulf
by wulf
Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1905

Re: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!

Don't let your grass get too long, especially round your valuable beds; that seems to create a safe haven for the slimy blighters.

Wulf
by wulf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:30 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: rhubarb plants needed
Replies: 5
Views: 3268

Re: rhubarb plants needed

Slightly off topic for Russ but possibly of use for Odsox - look out for some Sweet Cicely ( Myrrhis odorata ). This is a brilliant little herb which (almost magically) roughly halves the amount of sugar you need with crops like rhubarb. Also, don't neglect uses for rhubarb that don't involve sugar ...
by wulf
Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1905

Re: Slugs slugs slugs !!!!

I think one of the most effective ways to keep a slug population down is to often go out hunting with a sharp implement and chop up all the gastropods you see. You won't get them all but you can keep the population (and thus the damage to crops) to a reasonable level. One trick to make this easier i...
by wulf
Mon Jul 09, 2012 9:12 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Effective Watering
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: Effective Watering

I wondered if your "magic wand" was some system for inserting a tube into the ground but it looks like an attachment for a hose? Is this the equivalent of a plumbed-in watering can? In my garden I've eschewed the use of a hose (our hosepipe ban has only just been lifted) and use a can. Min...
by wulf
Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: how to take cuttings? how to transplant established plants?!
Replies: 3
Views: 1017

Re: how to take cuttings? how to transplant established plan

I would be inclined to wait with the rhubarb. Unless we have a blazing hot summer and the ground turns to concrete, it should be easy enough to lift the root shortly before you move. Stick it in the ground with plenty of compost (or, better yet, rotted manure) and keep it watered and it should thriv...
by wulf
Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:11 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Chickens? Even though deeds to house say no poultry.
Replies: 26
Views: 6520

Re: Chickens? Even though deeds to house say no poultry.

I'm not sure I would take the risk. Unless you can get that clause officially rescinded, you could be in for a lot of stress and potential expense if a present or future neighbour takes exception. It would certainly be worth considering other options. For example, we've decided not to keep chickens ...
by wulf
Wed May 30, 2012 3:27 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: .....Figure out how much to grow?
Replies: 25
Views: 2647

Re: .....Figure out how much to grow?

That is a big question. It might be worth breaking it down a bit. For example, what kind of stuff do you eat? For example, I probably get through three or four onions a week as I find them a brilliant base for all sorts of things. If I reckoned on growing enough for five a week (to allow for a small...
by wulf
Thu May 17, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Favourite board games.
Replies: 41
Views: 3744

Re: Favourite board games.

Vampires? Aren't they Sorcerors? Could just be a different edition of the game. I got Small World about a month ago and love it.

Wulf

ps. FWIW, I think Flying Sorcerors / Vampires make any lone active token on the board a target for their nefarious power, albeit only once per player per turn.
by wulf
Tue May 01, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Rhubarb going to seed
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: Rhubarb going to seed

It is possible they all came from the same source at the same time (if a previous plot holder divided up rhubarb and shared the roots around). They will certainly have been in fairly similar conditions.

Have you got the plant well fertilised and well watered?

Wulf
by wulf
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:36 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?
Replies: 9
Views: 1989

Re: How do I seal a beer bottle using natural material?

Leather instead of rubber? That might work. I suspect part of the solution might have been that drinks would often have been stored in larger containers like barrels and bottling wasn't as feasible as it is today precisely because of the lack of ideal materials.

Wulf
by wulf
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:44 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences
Replies: 28
Views: 12713

Re: Rainwater harvesting - your experiences

I've filled in the online survey but I'll summarise here as well for the thread. I've got a couple of water butts attached to the downpipe at the front of the house (and an old bin in the polytunnel that I manually fill from these). The main use is watering the garden although it is also convenient ...
by wulf
Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Should spell checkers be mandatory ?
Replies: 83
Views: 7600

Re: Should spell checkers be mandatory ?

Didn't we used to have a built in spullchicker? Much as I like the idea of everything being spelled correctly I am not sure that spell checking technology is up to the job. If you know the right way to write what you want to write, spell checking can be a hindrance; if you type quickly, it can even ...
by wulf
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Different Demi-Johns
Replies: 17
Views: 4678

Re: Different Demi-Johns

The last two brews I made (all-grain beer and then rough cider) used three 5l containers originally used for bottled water. Two had the fermenting mixture and lids adjusted to hold a rubber hose. The third bottle has clean water and acts as a place to stick the ends of the two hoses - in other words...

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