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by devolutionary
Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Old engine oil
Replies: 16
Views: 10385

Damn. Was hoping for something along the lines of 'world's most effective slug repellent'. Looks like it's off to the dump for someone else to deal with. At least it's recycled...
by devolutionary
Wed Apr 09, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Improving clayish soil
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Thanks Jon,

Will keep an eye out for terre végétale. And thanks for the blog love - likewise, your blogs make excellent reading. Will definitely make time to see more. Bon journée.

Alex
by devolutionary
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Improving clayish soil
Replies: 4
Views: 1144

Improving clayish soil

OK, so we put three pigs on about half an acre of sloping grass for a couple of months. Which they turned into a sea of mud. Naturally. So we moved them into the woods where they're happy as pigs in, obviously, woods. Now we have to improve the soil they left behind. It's not completely clay, but yo...
by devolutionary
Tue Apr 08, 2008 6:29 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Old engine oil
Replies: 16
Views: 10385

Old engine oil

This is a long shot, but I just emptied about five litres of very black engine oil from a diesel tractor. I wondered if there is ANYTHING USEFUL this will do, before I take it down to the dump.

On a related note, what does the dump do with it?
by devolutionary
Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:04 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: looking for piglets in the Dordogne
Replies: 2
Views: 1192

Thanks for that. We did manage to find a couple of weaners over near Le Bugue. We'll pick them up in a week or so, as soon as we've built an ark and fenced the future veggie patch.

Cheers for those extra contacts, though.
by devolutionary
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:47 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: looking for piglets in the Dordogne
Replies: 2
Views: 1192

looking for piglets in the Dordogne

Does anyone know of piglets that are available for purchase in the Dordogne area of France? Traditional breed preferably for outdoor living in oak woodland.
by devolutionary
Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:46 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Ethical solar power
Replies: 2
Views: 1534

I know. I've come across the making money by having the Chinese pollute on our behalf thing before. A friend of mine at Action South Facing suggested I look at www.solara.de (I'm in France). It's not just my own politics that are driving the need to source locally - we're setting up a very low carbo...
by devolutionary
Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:45 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Ethical solar power
Replies: 2
Views: 1534

Ethical solar power

I had a meeting someone the other day. His panels were VERY attractively priced. (Under €900 for an integrated 195litre system.) During the meeting, he let slip that he sourced some of the gear from China. Obviously, we can't buy into the idea of shipping our emissions to the other side of the wor...
by devolutionary
Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:25 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the Dordogne
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Thanks for the welcome

G'day Wombat. Or maybe, g'night. Maybe cultivation is the wrong word. What we did on our large-ish allotment in Brighton was organic raised beds which we rotated each year. Very soon, the soil got really easy to work, and the beds that had our own kitchen compost were doing brilliantly. We don't kno...
by devolutionary
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:22 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Organic Quad Bikes
Replies: 8
Views: 1857

I guess I just got my answer

I just posted "Tractor or horse" as my first forum question.

How much can you pull with 1 hp?
by devolutionary
Tue Oct 30, 2007 10:17 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the Dordogne
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Hello from the Dordogne

We sold our small house in Brighton, bought ten and a half acres of wood and grass, and are in the very earliest stages of becoming smallholders (specifically, waiting for planning permission to live on our land in yurts, and set up a very small, very low-carbon yurt campsite). Only found this site ...