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by oldjerry
Sun May 12, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: ...catch an adder
Replies: 13
Views: 2728

Re: ...catch an adder

Somewhere in circulation(think I saw it about 30 yrs ago) there's an old photo of the last adder catcher in the New Forest.I reckon it was taken about 100 yrs ago there's a wizened old bloke outside a an old wooden hovel surrounded by hundreds of adders all strung up....pretty sure they had a price ...
by oldjerry
Sat May 11, 2013 8:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Lawn to flower bed - how?
Replies: 6
Views: 1375

Re: Lawn to flower bed - how?

Nah! If you're under 50, relatively fit,and have a real feel for the soil(Tony has ,but he's as old as me!) Double dig it.t aint easy,.....it's also known as Bastard Trenching..!
by oldjerry
Tue May 07, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Duke of Edinburgh bronze award
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: Duke of Edinburgh bronze award

What a pleasant story,didn't realise they still did the DoE. When i was 15(ish) I got a scholarship trip on the STS Winston Churchill,cruising round the Atlantic for a week or two,running up rigging,getting drunk in Cork, etc.My end report,compiled by some retired Army type described me as..'Good at...
by oldjerry
Mon May 06, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: spuds showing
Replies: 8
Views: 1424

Re: spuds showing

Planted first earlies in buckets,2nd week in March,earthed up twice so far.
by oldjerry
Mon May 06, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Using washing machine parts for a DIY mini wind turbine
Replies: 6
Views: 5381

Re: Using washing machine parts for a DIY mini wind turbine

Whatever you do with the rest of it,you'll find the glass window makes a brilliant salad bowl.
by oldjerry
Fri May 03, 2013 9:12 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Don't always go straight to the forum...........
Replies: 0
Views: 1249

Don't always go straight to the forum...........

Another great piece from MMM...........if you haven't,check it out.
by oldjerry
Fri May 03, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 6075

Re: Cordon fruit trees

Well I didn't realise that,and it makes sense,my little idea was more for when you arent expecting a frost,and wake up in a panic....ok..when you get slaughtered and forget to fleece up the peaches!
by oldjerry
Fri May 03, 2013 8:03 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 6075

Re: Cordon fruit trees

Another good tip,and the last one(promise), and you may well do it anyhow,keep a watering can/bucket full of water out with ,your trees.If there's a late frost fill sprayer(little indoor job will do) with said water first thing in the morning and spray on frosted blossom/tender buds.For some reason(...
by oldjerry
Thu May 02, 2013 1:05 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cordon fruit trees
Replies: 21
Views: 6075

Re: Cordon fruit trees

If they're maidens,best not'overpot' them,better they establish a decent root system in say a 5 litre pot,that way you'll have a decent rootball that doesn't fall apart on you when you eventually plant them next back end,especially as they'll be at an angle.I'm sure long run they'll benefit from you...
by oldjerry
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:07 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bird song
Replies: 10
Views: 1423

Re: Bird song

... and their meanings From a very early age I was told that the Yellow Hammer sings "A little bit of bread and no cheese" and the Wood Pigeon sings "Sow some more peas you fool, you old fool" and the Cuckoo sings, er well I forget that one. But a friend told me recently that the Chaffinch is a ver...
by oldjerry
Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:41 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Tree Guards.
Replies: 4
Views: 2006

Re: Tree Guards.

Definitely,if you're AWARE of rabbits(i.e.you see them regularly)there will be enough to give them a good going over come a tough winter /spring.The little varmints are what make tree planting schemes so expensive,annoying when the willow itself is so cheap.If your going for a windbreak,think about ...
by oldjerry
Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:35 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel
Replies: 22
Views: 14580

Re: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel

Yep thy weren't cheap,can't remember but Mrs OJ says I paid 30 quid for them,and I usually err on the low side when I tell her how much I've spent,so at least 60. can see how the tube would be much better on a window sill, and easier to raise if growing tom/pepper/etc plants.these work really well f...
by oldjerry
Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:50 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel
Replies: 22
Views: 14580

Re: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel

Don't grolux create heat,Tony?, these things I've got(whatever they ) are always cool,so (presumably) don't use so much power? Later on I'll try and remember the site I got them from. Off the point but it might be relevant.
by oldjerry
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:28 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel
Replies: 22
Views: 14580

Re: solar-powered irrigation in a polytunnel

Jon,I reckon Tony''s yer man for this ,but I will say that though I'm pretty ignorant with physics,in Jan i bought 2 square panels on line,turn then upside down and there are 60 or so little bulbs,alternate blue and red.i rang the bloke I got them from,he confirmed they use miniscule amounts of powe...
by oldjerry
Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:08 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Have I cocked my fruit trees?
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

Re: Have I cocked my fruit trees?

Right ,forget all that crap,I've checked and you've got nothing but spur bearing varieties.So... Leave it all now 'till late November. Then (and this is only what I'D do,I've grown a fair few apples,just planted 20 in cordons,but every one has their own road to hell....) I'd lose the lowest 3 ,4,or ...