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by wulf
Sun Apr 03, 2011 7:34 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Anyone else have polytunnel stress building one?
Replies: 13
Views: 1137

Re: Anyone else have polytunnel stress building one?

My experience was similar to dustydave's. Might only have been three weeks but it seemed a lot longer. Certainly (as, to be fair, the instruction book emphasised) more than a simple Sunday afternoon job). I found the self-tapping screws did work well with my cordless drill but agree with Annpan that...
by wulf
Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:01 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Whats your Foraging technique?
Replies: 6
Views: 1635

Re: Whats your Foraging technique?

If you are fortunate enough to have a garden, don't forget you can forage in your own back yard, too. Lots of dandelion ( Taraxacum officinale ) in my plot and I've just identified hairy bittercress ( Cardamine hirsuta ) out there in large quantities too (leaves and flowers can be used like cress). ...
by wulf
Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:57 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rain awareness...something new to stress about!
Replies: 17
Views: 1239

Re: Rain awareness...something new to stress about!

I'm definitely getting back into the swing of grey water collection. At the moment I'm concentrating on the cleaner stuff, like what you can catch when giving lettuce leaves a rinse off but, as the heat ramps up, all but the very greasiest water can find a use somewhere in the garden. I'm happy to u...
by wulf
Thu Mar 24, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: GCSE "choices"
Replies: 14
Views: 2139

Re: GCSE "choices"

Educationally, I think there is a lot to be said for studying a foreign language for any pupil who has got at least a reasonable grasp on their native tongue. The push may be for solid pedagogical reasons; it sounds like the problem is that they failed to clearly communicate this on the initial opti...
by wulf
Thu Mar 24, 2011 4:34 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: GCSE "choices"
Replies: 14
Views: 2139

Re: GCSE "choices"

What is an MFL? Modern Foreign Language (I did think of a couple of alternatives but couldn't imagine those being on the curriculum!).

Wulf
by wulf
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:38 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: clearing garden
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

Re: clearing garden

In the States there is a company that hires out a herd of goats for the purpose of clearing ground (I remember seeing something about it a couple of years ago). The problem with getting a goat is that you then have to sustain it once it has done its work. However, perhaps you could borrow one? (no i...
by wulf
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Last year's spuds as seed?
Replies: 5
Views: 640

Re: Last year's spuds as seed?

I'm just about to read a book on potatoes, after which I'll be an expert ;)

However, I don't see any problem with re-using your own tubers... in fact, surely that is good idea.

Wulf
by wulf
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: When do I plant out perennials?
Replies: 11
Views: 997

Re: When do I plant out perennials?

Have you got any more details of what they are apart from "mixed perennials"?

Wulf
by wulf
Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:46 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Non-electric Kettle
Replies: 24
Views: 2555

Re: Non-electric Kettle

... but then neither is boiling a kettle on an electric oven. Alas, not all of us have gorgeous woodstoves like the one shown in your picture!

Wulf
by wulf
Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Non-electric Kettle
Replies: 24
Views: 2555

Re: Non-electric Kettle

Good timing for this thread - we recently spotted that a wire had melted through the base of our electric kettle so have dug out our camping one and deciding what to do next. My inclination is to get another electric kettle but aim for a decent quality one. The comments about relative efficiency str...
by wulf
Thu Mar 03, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden shredders ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2381

Re: Garden shredders ?

Just to change the subject slightly (who moi? :lol: ) my Dad wouldn't put privet in the compost - said it was poisonous to other plants. I've no idea if that's true or not. Just thought I'd mention it. I can't find any reference to privet being allelopathic online. The nearest I got was that it may...
by wulf
Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Garden shredders ?
Replies: 11
Views: 2381

Re: Garden shredders ?

I've got a wonderful old hand-cranked Rotocrop shredder that my parents gave me (I think they either use an electric one or borrow one from neighbours). Alas, I've no idea where they got it from and a quick search didn't turn up any sources (well, a second hand one in New Zealand but I don't think t...
by wulf
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:31 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Self-Sufficiency Computer Game - Ideas?
Replies: 12
Views: 1663

Re: Self-Sufficiency Computer Game - Ideas?

I think a starting point would be deciding what the aim of the game is? Is it just a fun diversion, a serious gaming challenge or a tool to educate and encourage people to live more sustainably. Sometimes those could work together but not always - for example, accumulating power to defeat more enorm...
by wulf
Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: my new blog
Replies: 8
Views: 1489

Re: my new blog

I'm not sure how you do that with Blogger. Last time I used it (Walking Hither Green), there were quite a few set up options though so you might be able to turn up what you want - look for something around "tags", "labels" or "categories".

Wulf
by wulf
Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:23 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Blue Spuds - bleu d'artois
Replies: 15
Views: 1667

Re: Blue Spuds - bleu d'artois

I'm using old garden compost bags (both ends open) to form temporary containers for the spuds; my theory is that harvesting will be as easy as tipping the bag over and working through the mound of earth by hand rather than having to dig down. We'll see how that goes!

Wulf