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by wulf
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:36 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar bottle lights
Replies: 11
Views: 3457

Re: solar bottle lights

sorry to disagree. It's a crap idea if you ask me and yes I know you didn't but why go to all the hassle of making these to fix in the roofs of shanti town dwellings when it would be better to scavange a piece of glass/ plastic/ see through material to replace part of the roof. As I understand it, ...
by wulf
Thu Feb 02, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Most "money-saving" vegetable
Replies: 68
Views: 9631

Re: Most "money-saving" vegetable

Kale ('Nero di Toscana') has been my king of outdoor vegetables. I planted it in mid-February, planted it out in batches between March and May and have been harvesting it since June. So far I've had about twenty decent trug-fulls and it is still going strong, with the first batch still productive an...
by wulf
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 80
Views: 24474

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

I've never had a television of my own. My parents had one but it wasn't on the priority list when I left home after coming back from University and I never got round to getting one. Yes, I've had that conversation with the TV licensing agency several times... That said, I've watched a fair amount of...
by wulf
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Bike shed & Beer crates from Pallets
Replies: 19
Views: 9337

Re: Bike shed & Beer crates from Pallets

I constructed something similar: http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5110/5630095283_c0e7835999_z.jpg Edible Roof Garden by basswulf , on Flickr Two notes worth considering from my attempt: 1. The small "roof garden" box hasn't proved to be a huge success; I think the soil was a bit shallow (c. ...
by wulf
Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:44 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Cider
Replies: 4
Views: 1066

Re: Cider

The rough cider recipe my parents used in the past (and which I'm half-way through trying out) is as follows: 1. Roughly cut apples, put in a vat, pour over water to cover and leave for a week or so 2. Siphon off the liquid and add sugar to it (1lb / gallon). Apple solids can then be used on the com...
by wulf
Thu Nov 17, 2011 1:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: my Kit made beer lacks body
Replies: 7
Views: 1366

Re: my Kit made beer lacks body

I've begun getting back into homebrewing recently after a long lay-off. Brew 1: a kit (Geordie Scottish Export) made according to the instructions, including use of granulated cane sugar. The results were okay but had a bit of the dreaded "home-brew tang" and were also very carbonated (muc...
by wulf
Mon Nov 14, 2011 1:02 pm
Forum: What's Going On?
Topic: Dave Hamilton on telly
Replies: 3
Views: 1169

Re: Dave Hamilton on telly

I stumbled on that yesterday. For those who can see stuff on the BBC's iplayer, here is the link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... d_Cabbage/

Wulf
by wulf
Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:38 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Clean labels off jars
Replies: 22
Views: 3589

Re: Clean labels off jars

I use boiling water and a plastic jug (which means I don't use a lot more water than is needed to soak the label). Some jars need two or three passes in between attempts to scrape the glue off (a blunt old knife works well here). If a jar or bottle is very problematic at cleaning, it is better put i...
by wulf
Tue Nov 01, 2011 11:32 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: If you want solar, act fast
Replies: 6
Views: 1249

Re: If you want solar, act fast

While I am all for people moving to more renewable energy sources, I thought it was a bit of a wheeze that the government was so strongly subsidizing solar power generation. The report I heard on the news last night suggested that the scheme is supported by higher prices on all bills, which means th...
by wulf
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 15
Views: 2140

Re: Composty questions

You don't even need to shred them up too much - one of the contributions of "browns" is to create air gaps. If you do find that recognisable bits of egg box make it through to the finished product, just pick them out and throw them in with the next batch of fresh stuff.

Wulf
by wulf
Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:38 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: a REAL garden... exciting!
Replies: 18
Views: 2406

Re: a REAL garden... exciting!

I still need to dig it, I might pre-book a visit to the osteopath. The soil is so hard and compact! Any magic tip? wait for rain, frost, snow, do an easy digging dance? It depends how soon you need to use it. You've probably just about got time to get your rhubarb and angelica in there although the...
by wulf
Thu Oct 20, 2011 7:27 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: upside down tomato planters?
Replies: 10
Views: 1362

Re: upside down tomato planters?

I tried it a few years ago, using 2l plastic drinks bottles (I know all about the cheap theme!). Results were not very impressive; I think what tomatoes really want is a good amount of soil to get rooted in and a decent amount of moisture. In a small hanging container you provide a small amount of g...
by wulf
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Just agreed to buy first house!
Replies: 41
Views: 2784

Re: Just agreed to buy first house!

About 6-7 weeks was the time it took to purchase my current house and I count myself lucky at that. Anyway, congratulations Andy: enjoy!

Wulf
by wulf
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:09 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Learn guitar?
Replies: 17
Views: 1627

Re: Learn guitar?

From looking at chords on the internet I'm suspecting quite a lot of people never actually get very far with chords but write songs anyway! ;-). That's certainly true of a lot of people who put chords up on the Internet, anyway. The original songs often turn out to be a little more sophisticated al...
by wulf
Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Learn guitar?
Replies: 17
Views: 1627

Re: Learn guitar?

If you want to get as far as possible with only a few chords securely under your belt, get a capo, too. That way you can find a key that is suitable to your voice for a given song, even if it turns out to be Ab or B.

Wulf

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