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by British Red
Wed May 02, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Wood burning cooking heating hot water stove
Replies: 12
Views: 7598

Re: Wood burning cooking heating hot water stove

Hi delineator, I'm not sure the Esse would suit your needs anyway (I have one) - they do have a back boiler option - but its really only enough for a couple of radiators rather than a full central heating system. They are very hot to cook on in the summer due to the glass door. I think of our Esse a...
by British Red
Wed May 02, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs and snails
Replies: 11
Views: 996

Re: Slugs and snails

No, I'm sure it isn't a problem to use them outside - I meant rather that I don't need to as the two families of thrushes make short work of them :)

I'm also tight..they aren't the cheapest bio controls in the world :oops:
by British Red
Wed May 02, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs and snails
Replies: 11
Views: 996

Re: Slugs and snails

Odsox wrote:..... or a few million of these.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmarhab ... maphrodita
We do use nematodes in the greenhouse where the birds can't get - they work superbly I must say.
by British Red
Wed May 02, 2012 9:32 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs and snails
Replies: 11
Views: 996

Re: Slugs and snails

I find slug pellets counter productive - they kill off the predators as well You need one of these :) http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4056/4575082185_69015c5a83_z.jpg Mistle Thrush by British Red , on Flickr http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5024/5650166887_a7cf4cfd21_z.jpg Song Thrush with worm by Britis...
by British Red
Tue May 01, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

I'd love to Zoe.....but today was building screening for the rainwater harvesting system plus assembling a trailer that came in about 400 parts :) Tomorrow is domestic chores, Thursday hopefully weeding, Friday cooking, Saturday shooting, Sunday beekeeping course. I wanted to make some soap this wee...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:56 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: permaculture veggie patch
Replies: 9
Views: 1749

Re: permaculture veggie patch

i and also this Egyptian walking onions ( never heard of them, will try to find seeds ) Egyptian walking onions and tree onions are the same thing - not strictly perennial but self replicating These are them http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7252/6957940760_5824ca91b3.jpg Tree and Potato Onions 22-4 by...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:45 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

Well now - time to put a net on one of the beds today to keep the cabbage whites off the brussel sprouts and other brassicas. In keeping with our theme, all the parts for this are designed to quickly dismantle and store flat, Most importantly they are designed to move from bed to bed with crop rotat...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:44 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

This post is about the next phase of our "standard beds" project. As you may recall, we have standardised our beds to a layout of 25' x 4'. Each bed is therefore 100 square feet. The beds are deeply manured and can be worked from either side (weeded, planted etc.) without having to step on and compr...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

Well, we are up to 10 beds now :) http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7016/6487230855_4c2707a092_o.jpg New veg beds by British Red , on Flickr http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7028/6487231527_220a97f5af_o.jpg New veg beds by British Red , on Flickr That takes us to 1,000 square feet of high quality beds (plu...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:38 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

We decided we wanted a decent amount of "glass house" space at the homestead. There were a number of reasons for this: 1) To provide early germination of seeds for our veg beds. 2) To grow tender plants that do not do well "outdoors" 3) To extend the growing season 4) To provide protection from ai...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:37 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Re: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture he

I wanted to make this post as part of the ongoing record of our work to move towards our self supporting life. I hope it might make some interesting reading showing what went well and what didn't in this phase of our journey. We have always wanted to produce more of our own food. This cottage came w...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)
Replies: 14
Views: 3319

Making the Beds...our journey to a veg patch (picture heavy)

I maintain a sort of "running commentary" on our garden efforts. I thought I might copy some of it here to compare / contrast with how others do it. Anyway...lets add some pictures of our efforts to build a self sustaining homestead. We have been in this place for two years. First year was restoring...
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Bitter cherries
Replies: 5
Views: 7285

Re: Bitter cherries

All members of the prunus family (plums, sloes, gages, cherries ) contain cyanogenic glycosides in the foliage pips and stones. So do apples! You would have to eat a LOT to cause any ill effect though (of stones or foliage)

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by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:09 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking person
Replies: 121
Views: 69204

Re: 101 professions for a self-sufficientish, thinking perso

I'm a project management consultant. Mostly do training, recruitment, and rescue failing projects for large companies. I part own the consultancy so only work when our homestead needs a cash injection - which is nice!
by British Red
Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: building a 4 in 1 chimney
Replies: 7
Views: 4732

Re: building a 4 in 1 chimney

gregorach wrote:Oh, it's BR! Fancy meeting you here. :iconbiggrin:
Thought it time to come and tap into the wisdom here again now we are upping our self sufficiency efforts!