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by colhut
Sat Sep 01, 2007 10:10 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: Apple press
Replies: 15
Views: 7221

Apple press

I used some offcuts from re-joisting a floor to make an apple press, that and my trusty pot jack, which is in itself almost an heirloom (well it was my dads for as long as I can remember). Total cost about £16, I spent £9 on a chopping board that had a recess in it so I could catch the juice and t...
by colhut
Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:51 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Getting rid of grass
Replies: 18
Views: 5808

If you can I would double dig it. I have done this a lot this year in a field that has been uncultivated for decades. Simply put, take a strip of turf off and set aside, now dig a trench a spade deep and set the soil aside. take the turf off of the next row on put upside down in the trench of the fi...
by colhut
Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: rice in a bag
Replies: 23
Views: 8517

Confession time, I used to be a Jar cook, cook some meat bung in a jar of gludge and hey presto, chicken korma etc. Then when I took up with the other half she taught me to cook, more importantly that I could do a better job with fresh ingredients in the same time (or occasioanlly quicker) and no E ...
by colhut
Mon Jul 16, 2007 8:50 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Slugs - no copper tape available and garlic doesn't work
Replies: 20
Views: 5728

I was tipped off by a gardener that they hate Jeys fluid- no idea how 'organic' that is but at least it was pet safe where even the organic slug pellets say they are not. I don't think that Jeyes fluid is pet safe, the active ingredient is (or certainly was when I worked there) coal tar, a by produ...
by colhut
Fri Jul 06, 2007 9:34 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: External Drives
Replies: 9
Views: 4964

well, it might be overkill but... http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=240516&CatId=2876 is a 1Tb network attached storgae device. it also supports DLNA, which I think means it should be able to stream to somthing like a sdeezebox direct (I'd check that one though c...
by colhut
Mon Jul 02, 2007 9:56 pm
Forum: Tomorrow's World (Computing and Tech)
Topic: Hard Drive
Replies: 6
Views: 3332

madasafish is right, but I'll elaborate and hope I ain't insulting you ! click on start then right click on my documents, then left click on properties. In the dialog box there will be a "target folder location" which shows where your documents are currently stored. if it starts with a "C" then all ...
by colhut
Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Me and Mr Toad are best friends...
Replies: 6
Views: 1909

Me and Mr Toad are best friends...

I have been making a nightly patrol to collect slugs for months now, tonight the pumpkin plant ( normally subjected to a withering attack of slugs from the long grass and hedge) is completly free of slugs, and none anywhere near it. However there is a family of fat toads there now. 3 of them, being ...
by colhut
Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:19 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: BLIGHT aaarrrggghhhhh
Replies: 39
Views: 10054

And... when do you earthup your potatoes? is it when they flower or just when there is lots of greenery??? Well, to say opinion is divided is a huge understatement. I tried to find a difinative answer haveing not done potatoes before. eventually I went with the opinion on the RHS web site, which wa...
by colhut
Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:33 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 tips to help Quit smoking
Replies: 41
Views: 14691

21) because of the impact the industry has before the cigarettes even make it to your lips.

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by colhut
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Finding tradesmen
Replies: 11
Views: 3840

Re: Finding tradesmen

we have found out that the chimney hadn't been swept and the septic tank hasn't been emptied in 16 -18 years... bloomin' heck. Well the chimney is a problem and I'd have it swept before I contemplated using it. The septic tank though, if it has not needed attention for 16-18 years thats a good sign...
by colhut
Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:25 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Sometimes you just can't do the right thing
Replies: 7
Views: 1715

Sometimes you just can't do the right thing

Found a dead newt in a beer trap tonight, now I am depressed. On the plus side there was a live one a few inches away, which is why I had to empty the beer trap. Still feel very bad though, my attempts to kill the slugs have just killed one of their predators :(
by colhut
Sun Jun 10, 2007 10:20 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I Bought a scythe today
Replies: 19
Views: 7157

The scythe, which is sharp enough to split a hair, had slit the end of my thumb to the bone Ouch indeed, I don't carry mine around without the blade guard on (which is only a small piece of plastic, I intend to get/make a canvas cover for it). I am aware it doesn't make me imune, but I try and cut ...
by colhut
Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:29 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Whats messing with my beer traps
Replies: 4
Views: 1328

Whats messing with my beer traps

Ok, so down to the veg patch today and ALL my beer traps are upended or tossed aside, one was at least 10ft from where it should have been. I think I can rule out homosapiens from the perpetrators list. Any ideas what might be interested and big enough to throw a yoghurt pot full of beer around. If ...
by colhut
Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:16 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: I Bought a scythe today
Replies: 19
Views: 7157

Thanks Stonehead, I've had sytheconnection in my favourites for a while, I never jump onto something new without researching it as best I can first (although scything websites are few and far between). The video on their website is very good and well worth watching a few times. They even show mowing...
by colhut
Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The A-Z of everything game
Replies: 647
Views: 95238

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