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by wulf
Mon May 16, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Abel and Cole
Replies: 30
Views: 2564

Re: Abel and Cole

The point being, I would have thought, that lots of things (including apples) do not need the use of climate-controlled rooms if they're stored correctly. If that weren't so, then we'd have been in great trouble a few thousand years ago. If you rely on your own trees, have a mix of varieties, are o...
by wulf
Sat May 14, 2011 9:27 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Abel and Cole
Replies: 30
Views: 2564

Re: Abel and Cole

For quite a while now, I've been on the same kind of "as local as possible, and European at least (except for bananas) as Jon describes. However, I've been reading How Bad are Bananas? by Mike Berners-Lee, which is interesting stuff. It looks at the CO2 equivalent costs of a whole range of things an...
by wulf
Thu May 12, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Using cold coffee?
Replies: 21
Views: 5284

Re: Using cold coffee?

For non-chemists, how does that work? I am guessing that you pour on acetone, which dissolves the oils, pour off the resulting liquid and then gently heat in a well-ventilated place so that you are left with the oil?

Wulf
by wulf
Wed May 11, 2011 2:10 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: What fruit can I plant here?
Replies: 6
Views: 1382

Re: What fruit can I plant here?

Think about the overall height of the trees you will put in there. If you are training them against a wall, then you will be pruning them quite a lot anyway but you don't want samples that are forever straining beyond the available room. Also, although you want to train the trees against the wall, d...
by wulf
Thu Apr 28, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: weeds, compost and the odds
Replies: 22
Views: 2554

Re: weeds, compost and the odds

I'm doing the water bath thing as well for anything that is (a) perennial (and liable to grow back from a small piece of plant material) and (b) setting seed. As well as killing the weeds off, it also gives you a concentrated liquid that can be watered down and used to feed the soil. Any idea how lo...
by wulf
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:43 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Experience of underfloor heating?
Replies: 11
Views: 4358

Re: Experience of underfloor heating?

I love standing on bare floor boards above where the central heating pipes run! That's not quite "underfloor heating" but does give a couple of spots that are good to stand on in the winter!

Wulf
by wulf
Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Sowing seeds in 'plug' trays
Replies: 13
Views: 2152

Re: Sowing seeds in 'plug' trays

I like starting things in modules, small pots, paper pots, trays or whatever else is at hand. I can give them a headstart in the polytunnel, acclimatise them in a cold frame and then plant out the healthy specimens. Typically I'll end up with too many of something, which also gives me a reserve for ...
by wulf
Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: I it safe to pick Stinging Nettles from my local Park?
Replies: 19
Views: 1634

Re: I it safe to pick Stinging Nettles from my local Park?

And isn't it bad to use water from the bathroom sink for washing food? :scratch: It depends where the water comes from. If it sits in a tank in your loft, that can be unhealthy to ingest. However, some houses (like mine) don't use a water tank and run the bathroom taps straight off the mains; I thi...
by wulf
Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:35 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: slugs, slugs, slugs........
Replies: 23
Views: 1432

Re: slugs, slugs, slugs........

Where are your seedlings? Any chance you can keep them somewhere a bit less at risk?

Wulf
by wulf
Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:51 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Heating a Polytunnel
Replies: 15
Views: 4888

Re: Heating a Polytunnel

I was getting plenty of stuff started in the polytunnel in February. It rarely got down to freezing inside and was often pleasantly warm on sunny days. You can also use further insulation inside - even just putting a plastic cover over a seed tray will give an extra layer of insulation while still l...
by wulf
Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Fronting up
Replies: 24
Views: 1451

Re: Fronting up

It looks like you've also got a polytunnel covered with plastic (me too!). It's a very handy material, just extremely overused in our culture.

Wulf
by wulf
Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How much to plant?
Replies: 26
Views: 4155

Re: How much to plant?

Some seeds can survive much longer periods of dormancy than others. You might get some year-old celery seeds to germinate but the germination rate will probably be much lower than with fresher seed.

Wulf
by wulf
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How much to plant?
Replies: 26
Views: 4155

Re: How much to plant?

If you have a better source for seedlings than a garden centre, then it may be economical to buy them; that way, someone else takes the risk of them not germinating. However, it would be worth figuring out why you are having a problem with seeds. Some just take a while to get going; others can be st...
by wulf
Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How much to plant?
Replies: 26
Views: 4155

Re: How much to plant?

Take lots of notes. It still depends on external factors like weather but at least you will be building a better picture of how things do in your location. I'd be cautious of buying seedlings. The additional cost is likely to wipe out most of your savings, especially when you figure in the probabili...
by wulf
Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:28 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Like to give up the day job?
Replies: 27
Views: 2382

Re: Like to give up the day job?

I've not given up work but I have recently dropped to a four day working week. I feel more focused at work, not least because I know I have more time to get things I want to do (or need to do) sorted in my new, extended weekend. I'll see how I get on with that for a bit then decide what comes next. ...