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by Odsox
Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Portable Farms
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: Portable Farms

Just had a closer look at the Portable Farm set up and I'm a bit sceptical about the fish rearing side of the venture. The tanks must be pretty small to get it all in an 8 x 6 space and still have room to physically work. Also the fish "tanks" look to be more like barrels complete with lids and I wo...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 27, 2008 9:17 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Portable Farms
Replies: 12
Views: 1759

Re: Portable Farms

Portable farms is an old idea, the "portable" bit is the only new idea as most systems use concrete tanks. It probably works well in warmer climates but I don't think it would work too well in the British Isles as you would need to heat the water to about 25 - 27c to keep the fish alive all through ...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:29 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bell peppers
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: Bell peppers

The secret of growing peppers is to start as early as you can, they are very slow growing especially in the first stages. Sown in February on a warm windowsill would be fine and a 2 foot high plant would produce full sized peppers if fed with tomato fertiliser. Also growing in an 8 inch pot helps as...
by Odsox
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:13 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bell peppers
Replies: 3
Views: 675

Re: Bell peppers

It all depends on the variety, but most Bell Pepper plants don't grow very tall, 18 ins to 2 feet is about average. They have a very weak root system so they only need a smallish pot if you are growing them indoors, an 8" pot is plenty. Feed once a weak with a tomato fertiliser and that's about it, ...
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 12:20 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost
Replies: 6
Views: 2037

Re: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost

DominicJ wrote:Isnt chicken poo acidic?
Dunno, does it taste sour ?
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:38 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: 10 things I've done that you probably haven't
Replies: 148
Views: 17762

Re: 10 things I've done that you probably haven't

OK here goes, but nothing as exciting as some on this list. 1 Sold our house on the condition we moved out in 2 weeks (we had lived there 20 years) 2 Lived for 6 months in a caravan touring looking for somewhere to live (address .. no fixed abode) 3 Had a half hour meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev (bu...
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:33 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: garlic
Replies: 38
Views: 5560

Re: garlic

You can leave it in the ground for as long as you like, no harm will come to it (for a few months anyway)
Start using it and enjoy the unique taste of wet garlic.
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:45 am
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost
Replies: 6
Views: 2037

Re: Cranberries, Bog Gardening and Ericaceous Compost

Off the top of my head :scratch: I would have said that home made compost would be naturally acid, unless you add eggshells or similar.
by Odsox
Thu Jun 26, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Giving veg away.
Replies: 9
Views: 915

Re: Giving veg away.

The problem is she's passing on this phobia to her kids .....
by Odsox
Wed Jun 25, 2008 10:38 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?
Replies: 22
Views: 5599

Re: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?

Thanks for that Enigma.
I have never owned a laptop but had a sneaky suspicion that they ran on 18 volts or something strange.
It weird as most of the parts in an ordinary PC are either 12 volts or 5 volts, so why it's higher for a portable device escapes me at the moment. :scratch:
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:28 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: house wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: house wish list

marshlander wrote:A big, north facing, pantry would be on my wish list.
Yeah, I can vouch for one of those.
This house had a north facing coal store that I converted into a pantry/larder. I don't know how we could live without it, it's only small (abt 8' x 3') but it is always 10 degrees cooler in there.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:02 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?
Replies: 22
Views: 5599

Re: Pure (True) vs. Modified Sine Wave?

Can anyone tell me if you can run laptops from 12v DC or do they need an inverter ?
I have 3 PCs, sometimes all running at the same time and they use quite a bit of mains power.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: house wish list
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: house wish list

Aga/ Rayburn – to run central heating and to cook on
I don't suppose I need to state the obvious and NOT get an oil fired one.
Also get a Rayburn or Waterford Stanley, Aga is snobs and you pay a lot extra for the name.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Broad beans, pods and all.
Replies: 2
Views: 842

Re: Broad beans, pods and all.

If you have plenty of seed Colours you can sprout them in a jar on the windowsill and eat the young shoots like Mung Beansprouts.
You can also do it with pea sprouts, very useful in mid-winter.
by Odsox
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Homemade butter
Replies: 11
Views: 1781

Re: Homemade butter

Putting salt in first is OK if you are sure of the butterfat content of your cream, early summer cream is totally different to mid-winter cream. Putting the salt in after churning you can add the wanted amount per ounce of butter. That probably only applies if you have your own cow or get milk from ...