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by madabouthens
Mon May 23, 2011 6:40 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Woodburner cooking
Replies: 13
Views: 5550

Re: Woodburner cooking

We have a very old Rayburn Stove that can burn just about anything. Because it is so old, it is easy to take apart and repair; easier than the newer models. It does have its foebles, but it was cheap to buy and provides us with central central heating, cooking and hot water. It is kept alight just a...
by madabouthens
Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:46 pm
Forum: Links, links and more links
Topic: SEED SWAP SITE - brilliant
Replies: 4
Views: 1761

Re: SEED SWAP SITE - brilliant

This site looks great ! I think it definitely needs looking in to. Thanks :thumbright:
Tony
by madabouthens
Fri Feb 25, 2011 7:07 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Can I buy red diesel for my smallholding use ??
Replies: 12
Views: 3620

Re: Can I buy red diesel for my smallholding use ??

The powers that be can also come onto your own land and dip diesel vehicles unless they are registered for agricultural use, which does not include landrovers. I know, because they came onto our holding, but I am a law abiding citizen...so all ok :thumbright:
Tony
by madabouthens
Thu Feb 24, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: which hot water tank
Replies: 16
Views: 4487

Re: which hot water tank

If you have only radiators upstairs and a hot water tank, the system will work by convection, so no pump needed. Put the tank inline before the radiators. Hope this helps.
Tony
by madabouthens
Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:14 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: grow your own, eat your own
Replies: 1
Views: 1476

Re: grow your own, eat your own

I have borrowed a copy from the local library; rather than buy one. I find Bob Flowerdew's books are probably 1 part information to 9 parts inspiration.His best book, I think, is his first book about organic gardening, but that does not stop me having many of his books, just for the inspiration ! Tony
by madabouthens
Tue Feb 22, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: the urban homestead
Replies: 17
Views: 5591

Re: the urban homestead

I have only just learned of the problems using the term "urban Homestead". At one time the Dervais site was "Path To Freedom". I agree it is a shame that all this has come about...it will end in tears. After all, we are all on the same side, fighting the same cause and showing the way for others to ...
by madabouthens
Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: the urban homestead
Replies: 17
Views: 5591

Re: the urban homestead

I follow a site www.urbanhomestead.org . Maybe not relevant to us in Britain, but the family actually make a living from their yard and lectures, but they do a lot more . Lots of food for thought.
Tony
by madabouthens
Sun Feb 20, 2011 2:59 am
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Strawberry Plants Comfrey Roots.
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Strawberry Plants Comfrey Roots.

Hi Boboff,
Thanks for the comfrey roots; arrived safely today :cheers: . I have pm'ed you for your address.
Many thanks. Tony
by madabouthens
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: SAD check
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: SAD check

I have found that the more I am outdoors, the better I feel :icon_smile: . Mind you, with the rain p£$^$n down, sometimes it is easier, but not better, to stay indoors. :(
Tony
by madabouthens
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: It's quiet...too quiet
Replies: 5
Views: 1546

Re: It's quiet...too quiet

:lol: Been there have the teeshirt lol.

Tony
by madabouthens
Tue Feb 08, 2011 9:39 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: school pta rant
Replies: 18
Views: 2251

Re: school pta rant

Welshmum, You have just mentioned you are an outsider from all of 11 miles away ! What is worse is that you STOLE a local lad from the clutches of the local lasses ! What a crime; do you not realise the seriousness of it all ? Seriously though, I also live in a small Welsh village, but my family are...
by madabouthens
Mon Feb 07, 2011 10:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Vegetables in boggy ground
Replies: 13
Views: 3097

Re: Vegetables in boggy ground

I would agree with Sarah; we have high rainfall and poor drainage. Raised beds drain better and that allows the soil to warm up more quickly. Don't make the beds too wide, just wide enough to reach across, which means you are not tempted to stand on the beds which would compact the soil.
Tony
by madabouthens
Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Pleasure Perma Planting
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Re: Pleasure Perma Planting

Hi Boboff,
Rhubarb and Jerusalem artichokes are both good robust and useful plants. They both yield a lot more if fed well and fresh plants started off from roots every couple of years. Nettles are great human and plant food.
Tony
by madabouthens
Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: Swap Shop, Trading Area and Seed Swap Area
Topic: Strawberry Plants Comfrey Roots.
Replies: 9
Views: 1627

Re: Strawberry Plants Comfrey Roots.

Hello Boboff,
If you still have some comfrey roots, I would love to give them a good home :icon_smile: I would gladly cover postage and more. :Many, many thanks in anticipation.Tony :thumbright:
by madabouthens
Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:11 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: so - poly tunnels
Replies: 32
Views: 2729

Re: so - poly tunnels

Snow and Polytunnels; We had to remove 2ft (60cm) snow from ours. The frame is very strong, but the poly bit was being stretched. We live in a VERY windy area and pt stands up to weather ok.