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by RenewableCandy
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 7112

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

The mild winter seems to've had an upside, then - very good for getting 'those' jobs done! I excelled myself the other day and put in 2 6-foot LED-lights in the garage. Damn fiddly when you're perched atop a ladder in the 1/2-dark and you've never touched a fluo tube before & don't know what goes wh...
by RenewableCandy
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 57
Views: 8451

Re: What are you growing right now?

We're still harvesting chard!
by RenewableCandy
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Leaf mould
Replies: 5
Views: 1514

Re: Leaf mould

Black bags with fork-holes work well but take 3-4 years (well, ours did) to make marvellous mould. I don't know whether sun or shade makes a difference - black bags would heat up in the sun & might speed the process.

This year's lot are in blue bags. Will report back in 3 years' time :)
by RenewableCandy
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 7112

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Right then! You can't exactly say I rush this stuff, but it's finally all done! All through the summer there were 2 types of day: type 1: too hot to inflict manual work on anyone (except if you're some kind of evil slave-driver) type 2: p!ssing with the_ I was going to say the finest British rain bu...
by RenewableCandy
Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Onions
Replies: 37
Views: 8493

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: 5624

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: 24
Views: 7112

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: 24
Views: 7112

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: 2493

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: 15338

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: 81
Views: 45909

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: 101
Views: 54086

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: 24
Views: 7112

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: 3781

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: 31
Views: 10690

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.