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by RenewableCandy
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 37
Views: 3037

Re: Onions

We're growing stuff here at Chateau Renewable, but this year's been an odd-un. What with the drought (my back aches!) the fact I've still not got the gravel down (see 'RenewableCandy's Hardcore Challenge' thread...) so there's nowhere for salad pots... I'm NOT asking our nice nighbour to do the whac...
by RenewableCandy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Choosing a new stove. Recomendations appreciated
Replies: 13
Views: 3841

Re: Choosing a new stove. Recomendations appreciated

I rather like the idea of wood-smoked herbs... Meanwhile, for heating 2 rooms I can recommend the Clearview Pioneer (4 kW iirc) or Vision (5kW). They've both now got Clean Air certs. They don't (as far as I know) do back-boilers, but I seem to recall a version that had an oven on top of the heater. ...
by RenewableCandy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1956

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

FINISHED! Well, the shovelling of hardcore is over, at least. Now all that remains is the wacking AND THEN... two more tonnes, but this time of nice round gravel which by all accounts is far easier to shovel than hardcore. I've raked it all out to nearly-flat and the rotten-est wood's going away bit...
by RenewableCandy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1956

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Well, I fully admit the 'less-than-a-week' thing has gone for a burton but there now remains just 1/2 a tonne, ie the job's 90% done and my back hasn't complained. Neigbour-lad says he'll investigate hiring a tamper-thingie and I've offered a fee for doing that bit of the work. Meanwhile here's some...
by RenewableCandy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Intelligent plants?
Replies: 7
Views: 880

Re: Intelligent plants?

Communication between plants is becoming well documented. I have seen time lapse video of invasive climbers showing them waving the tendrils around until they contact a suitable support. Beans do the same, and always in the same direction iirc. Can't remember whether it's clockwise or anticlockwise.
by RenewableCandy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What to do with a field?
Replies: 22
Views: 12261

Re: What to do with a field?

Willow for coppicing at boggy end. Orchard at drier end? I'd make a forest garden if I had a field, but that's me... I'd go for that option too. Even if the trees do nothing else, they eventually make firewood. And a wildlife reserve. And improve air quality. etc. In a separate incident, FoE are pe...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 30, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: No rubbish fortnight
Replies: 80
Views: 33642

Re: No rubbish fortnight

Several letterboxes on doors near us have little home-made notices saying 'No Charity Bags Please'. I don't know whether these are respected or not: I need to put one up and find out! We get one of the s*ds practically each week, always for something we've not heard of and which is probably a scam, ...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 30, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Does anyone NOT have a television?
Replies: 98
Views: 35874

Re: Does anyone NOT have a television?

When our 2 were little we lived in Glasgow and it rained a lot. I mean, A LOT. Playing outside when you could only just walk was simply not an option. My mum bought us a telly. I watched Channel 4 News and Taggart (and The Last Train - anyone remember that?) We had a vid player and House Rules, whic...
by RenewableCandy
Thu May 24, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1956

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Here are some people who've done approximately the same thing as me, though I remembered to lay the membrane in the right place and am not going to need those nifty plastic gravel-holding matrix things because Economy (plus we're not driving on it): https://www.littlehouseonthecorner.com/lay-a-grave...
by RenewableCandy
Sat May 19, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

Re: New build pantry

Oooh I do like the look of that! :icon_smile:

Pedantic aside: apparently originally a pantry was for keeping bread, and a larder for keeping fatty food.
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 8:21 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 28
Views: 5075

Re: Composty questions

I think they say male pee because everyone assumes women take more medicines, and not all of them get fully metabolised.

Tea slops do roughly the same as well.

We have a compost 'dalek' and it's worked for years sans holes.
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 8
Views: 2143

Re: New build pantry

My grandparents had an actual pantry. It faced north, had grille for a window, thick walls separating it from the rest of the house, and thick stone shelves. There was absolutely no device in it for controlling temperature or air-flow: Mother Nature did all that. She kept milk, cooked meat, veggies,...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2371

Re: Food waste

Pulses take longer to cook if they're older. Wouldn't stop me from buying them, but it's worth remembering when I come round to actually cooking them. I tend to eat all the time-expired food in our house when everyone else is away. Some of it has been, in the past, quite spectacularly old! I'm still...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 1956

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

The weather continues to be kind. 13 degrees is the optimal temperature (it has been proven scientifically, this) for shovelling it from one heap to another. I couldn't actually start this morning though, because The Solar Man had come to replace our Inverter (it was 7 years old). That's another sto...
by RenewableCandy
Tue May 15, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower Champagne!
Replies: 2
Views: 459

Re: Elderflower Champagne!

The vinagar and the lemon juice between them create the acid environment that the yeast thrives in.

I've never tried, but apparently you can substitute citric acid for the lemon (if you're out of lemons). There's a ratio but I've not got it to hand.