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by contadina
Tue May 28, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How do i get rid of ants?
Replies: 7
Views: 1907

Re: How do i get rid of ants?

If they are in the garden I leave them to their own devices, but if they building a nest in pavement cracks near the house, boiling hot water works a treat. A quick/instant death; just keep your eyes out for more ants and repeat as necessary until they decide to nest elsewhere. Oops, beat me to it S...
by contadina
Tue May 21, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Bloody, Bloody, Weather
Replies: 54
Views: 10845

Re: Bloody, Bloody, Weather

We've enjoyed a perfect spring, so far, down here in southern Italy. A gradual increase of temperatures (mid-to-upper 20s mostly) and, more importantly, occasional showers. I've already got fruit on my courgettes and cucumbers, flowers on my tomatoes, aubergines and french beans and I'm picking a co...
by contadina
Mon May 06, 2013 7:21 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Using washing machine parts for a DIY mini wind turbine
Replies: 6
Views: 6817

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

The also make looking out of the round window possible :iconbiggrin:
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by contadina
Thu May 02, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Sourcing Clay Render for Internal Plastering
Replies: 5
Views: 4530

Re: Sourcing Clay Render for Internal Plastering

Do you mean to render with adobe? If so, their are only three soil types that will work: Loamy sand, which is 85% sand and 15% clay. Sandy loam which is is 70% sand, 20% clay and 10% silt. The final choice is sandy clay loam, which is 70% sand and 30% clay. A neighbour rendered his trullo, but had t...
by contadina
Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:22 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: recycled Materials to make raised beds
Replies: 8
Views: 4064

Re: recycled Materials to make raised beds

Abandoned fridges make great raised beds and as a bonus they are insulated too. I've nearly finished constructing a keyhole garden using rocks from the garden and a bit of chicken wire for the central basket.
by contadina
Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Great British Sewing Bee
Replies: 12
Views: 3653

Re: Great British Sewing Bee

An alternative use of the word bee is for any communal work, such as, sewing groups, harvesting crops etc; and derives from Middle English bene (meaning prayer, boon and extra service by a tenant to his lord). American's use it more nowadays but it's nice to know that a bee (any gathering to accompl...
by contadina
Fri Apr 05, 2013 7:47 am
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Great British Sewing Bee
Replies: 12
Views: 3653

Re: Great British Sewing Bee

I watched it last night and rather enjoyed it and suspect that it may encourage a lot of people to start sewing. If you want to learn proper sewing techniques, take lessons.
by contadina
Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Bee keeping books
Replies: 5
Views: 4330

Re: Bee keeping books

The Barefoot Beekeeper is worth getting, especially if you want to keep bees in a more natural environment http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1409271145/?tag=googhydr-21&hvadid=4430188743&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=275442140511492383&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&ref=pd_sl_8dwnypi5ud_e There's also a lot o...
by contadina
Mon Mar 11, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: The dark side of leeks, lettuce etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 2215

Re: The dark side of leeks, lettuce etc.

Please say it's not just me who thought this was a thread about the nefarious, after-hours goings on of leeks and lettuce :wink:
by contadina
Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Messed up Marmalade.
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

Re: Messed up Marmalade.

I've rescued marmalade with frutapec after additional lemon didn't work and it hasn't impaired the flavour.
by contadina
Tue Jan 08, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Making pasta
Replies: 24
Views: 4530

Re: Making pasta

I use the machine for getting the desired thinness, but don't bother with any of the cutters, as a knife works just as well. The only time I don't use the machine for rolling is when making egg-free pasta, which spookily is resting as I type. Egg-free pasta dough is perfect for fatter pasta shapes (...
by contadina
Sun Jan 06, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: Pets
Topic: Is this realistic ?
Replies: 9
Views: 5673

Re: Is this realistic ?

I'd also recommend helpx, but only consider people with references.
by contadina
Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:02 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tips to keep your extremeties warm in winter
Replies: 23
Views: 2905

Re: Tips to keep your extremeties warm in winter

I got hubby some muckers for Christmas and he really, really loves them. It's no longer a chore to shut the chickens in of an evening and last night he said that whereas before his feet felt like ice-blocks, now they are so toasty it makes the rest of him feel cold :roll: .
by contadina
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 92
Views: 38954

Re: What are you reading?

I just finished the Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng, which, is by far, the best book I read off last year's Booker prize list. With the garden representing memory, loss and finding order amongst chaos, it's a beautifully written book with many themes seamlessly woven, against the backdrop of...
by contadina
Wed Jan 02, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Vertical gardening
Replies: 16
Views: 3523

Re: Vertical gardening

I've always been quite impressed by pallet vertical gardens, which make great use of wall space. http://www.onehundreddollarsamonth.com/ ... al-garden/