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by Ratsny
Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:58 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: All shook up
Replies: 37
Views: 4161

Re: All shook up

Hi all youse guys, thanks for all the good vibes - I'm sure that's why our power came on just in time to be able to watch the news on the telly! What a surreal experience this has been. Glad to hear you other Canty ishers haven't sustained too much damage - we only had a few glass breakages and the ...
by Ratsny
Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:00 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Carrot haircuts
Replies: 2
Views: 688

Re: Carrot haircuts

I haven't heard of this either but it's interesting, will try it out this year. I've just found out that if you cut the tops off your carrots and sprout them on wet kitchen paper you can replant them and get more carrots. In the book I learned this from, the woman said she was still eating the same ...
by Ratsny
Thu Aug 12, 2010 10:04 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What do you do to save energy?
Replies: 23
Views: 8800

Re: What do you do to save energy?

Love that pic Pelmetman! We used to cook on our woodburner but don't have one in our new house... The latest thing we have done to save energy is to switch off our main hot water tank (it usually heats overnight - cheaper rate) - we just take half a bucket of warm water each from the kitchen sink (s...
by Ratsny
Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:30 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Reasons why a potato plant would go flop
Replies: 25
Views: 2982

Re: Reasons why a potato plant would go flop

My husband is doing research on this at Lincoln University in NZ... There is a new disease (going global :( ) that is transported by an insect called a psyllid (kind of like an aphid) that is attacking potatoes and same type plants (eg toms). It causes die back and makes the tubers inedible. If uns...
by Ratsny
Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How do I grow gourds and loofa?
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: How do I grow gourds and loofa?

Durgan love the pics! I can totally see a luscious vine shading the extremely hot sunny side of our house in summer - might save us those few days of using the air con when i simply cannot bear the heat any longer. I have been looking at making soap too and read that someone pours the soap into the ...
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:55 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How do I grow gourds and loofa?
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: How do I grow gourds and loofa?

Ah, shame Maggie! Got to try eh? I think i will give it a go even if it doesn't work out as planned i might be able to share some funny pics of my "creations". What's a windowsill without a bowl of tiny striped gourds after all?
Love your quotation by the way...
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Beetroot. Why do I bother?
Replies: 31
Views: 6409

Re: Beetroot. Why do I bother?

I've GOT to try the choc recipes - have lots for zucchini, why not use beetroot instead? Do you think it needs to be cooked first or would grated raw work just as well? I usually dice beetroot up with potato and kumara (sweet potato) and toss in olive oil and sea salt - roast it up and serve warm wi...
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Reasons why a potato plant would go flop
Replies: 25
Views: 2982

Re: Reasons why a potato plant would go flop

My husband is doing research on this at Lincoln University in NZ... There is a new disease (going global :( ) that is transported by an insect called a psyllid (kind of like and aphid) that is attacking potatoes and same type plants (eg toms). It causes die back and makes the tubers inedible. If uns...
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:05 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing Vining Vegetables
Replies: 2
Views: 625

Re: Growing Vining Vegetables

I used a lot of space growing pumpkins and butternut squash this year and have just found out i could have grown them in a smaller area by training the vines up a trellis and onto the shed roof. The fruit that aren't supported by the roof can be netted and tied to the trellis for support. Cool eh?
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 9:01 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: How do I grow gourds and loofa?
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

How do I grow gourds and loofa?

It's winter here so I'm planning what I want to put in the garden next year... And, I'd like to try some new things that can maybe be used but not eaten. I can get seeds for the luffa vine and for ornamental gourds but don't have much idea how to turn the fruits into nice body scrubbers and bottles ...
by Ratsny
Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:42 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What have you learned?
Replies: 48
Views: 4704

Re: What have you learned?

Am I the only one out there who gardens in inappropriate clothes?(no not that sort of inaproppriate- not in an "ullo luv, wot're you wearing?" sort of way) Ha! Yes! Someone else who gets in the zone and forgets dressing sensibly for gardening! Often a spontaneous "I'll just pick that weed quickly" ...
by Ratsny
Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:58 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: blackouts on the horizon ??
Replies: 9
Views: 2003

Re: blackouts on the horizon ??

I know I'm coming late to this thread but am reading back over things about peak oil and the coming energy crisis...having recently "woken up" to how things are going. I feel so fortunate to be living in a country where we don't have such a great population and could possibly feed ourselves. I am co...
by Ratsny
Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:26 am
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Changing the clocks would reduce carbon emmisions
Replies: 45
Views: 7501

Re: Changing the clocks would reduce carbon emmisions

It's a great idea! Would buy us a little bit more time with our lovely oil anyway...
by Ratsny
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:39 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from me in New Zealand
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Hello from me in New Zealand

Tena koutou, I'm on a major almost consuming mission to find out how to do things without the luxury of cheap oil. Having just recently found out about Peak Oil I understand I'm a bit obsessed at the moment - hopefully I will start balancing out all the information I'm finding with positive action! ...