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by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: New build pantry
Replies: 8
Views: 6818

Re: New build pantry

My grandparents had an actual pantry. It faced north, had grille for a window, thick walls separating it from the rest of the house, and thick stone shelves. There was absolutely no device in it for controlling temperature or air-flow: Mother Nature did all that. She kept milk, cooked meat, veggies,...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 13409

Re: Food waste

Pulses take longer to cook if they're older. Wouldn't stop me from buying them, but it's worth remembering when I come round to actually cooking them. I tend to eat all the time-expired food in our house when everyone else is away. Some of it has been, in the past, quite spectacularly old! I'm still...
by RenewableCandy
Wed May 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 14514

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

The weather continues to be kind. 13 degrees is the optimal temperature (it has been proven scientifically, this) for shovelling it from one heap to another. I couldn't actually start this morning though, because The Solar Man had come to replace our Inverter (it was 7 years old). That's another sto...
by RenewableCandy
Tue May 15, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower Champagne!
Replies: 2
Views: 3845

Re: Elderflower Champagne!

The vinagar and the lemon juice between them create the acid environment that the yeast thrives in.

I've never tried, but apparently you can substitute citric acid for the lemon (if you're out of lemons). There's a ratio but I've not got it to hand.
by RenewableCandy
Tue May 15, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Elderflower Champagne!
Replies: 2
Views: 3845

Elderflower Champagne!

Now's the day and now's (well, morning is a bit better) the hour! To make 6 litres: 6 litres water Juice and zest of 4 lemons 700g sugar 2 tblsp white wine vinagar A dozen fresh elderflower heads, picked on a sunny day Pour 2 litres of hot water over the sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add the re...
by RenewableCandy
Tue May 15, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Yorkshire
Replies: 11
Views: 6297

Re: Greetings from Yorkshire

I really liked it! At first it's odd because it lacks human relationships: it's his 'relationship' with the implacable environment that's the source of the tension (I've not read Robinson Crusoe but I guess that's much the same?). Then you get into his head and his personality - and those of his cre...
by RenewableCandy
Tue May 15, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 14514

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Wow everybody, thanks very much for your expertise! Progress so far: have cleared all the rest of the wood and flattened the soil so I can put the membrane down. It already looks better out there than it did with the decking on :icon_smile: THE HARDCORE HAS ARRIVED! (while I was writing this, in fac...
by RenewableCandy
Fri May 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 24
Views: 14514

RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

We had a load of decking to the side of our house and rats were using it as a roof so I decided it had to go. A friend - a well-built lad from our street - took it all up. All 30 sq m of it including the frame - in a morning! The plan is to replace it with gravel (with hardcore inderneath). The stuf...
by RenewableCandy
Thu May 10, 2018 11:12 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Mints
Replies: 4
Views: 4491

Re: Mints

We have Apple Mint and SpearMint in pots. They're tough as old boots as far as weather's concerned: drought, 12 below zero, they always come back. I think you're better off with pots (as already pointed out) because (a) mints otherwise spread like weeds and (b) picking from a container's less punish...
by RenewableCandy
Thu May 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cherry tree help
Replies: 8
Views: 6589

Re: Cherry tree help

Wrong time of year right now, but when the leaves are gone, try Winter Wash on the tree. I think it counts as Organic...
by RenewableCandy
Thu May 10, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Yorkshire
Replies: 11
Views: 6297

Re: Greetings from Yorkshire

In a separate incident, I'm presently reading The Martian (Andy Weir). Talk about Extreme Self-sufficiency...
by RenewableCandy
Fri May 04, 2018 8:23 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Yorkshire
Replies: 11
Views: 6297

Re: Greetings from Yorkshire

I've just discovered the winemaking 1-2-3 thread... had no idea you could use herbal teabags!
by RenewableCandy
Fri May 04, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Greetings from Yorkshire
Replies: 11
Views: 6297

Greetings from Yorkshire

I think I joined this forum ages ago but never actually posted anything, mainly through thinking everyone else here likely knows a lot more than me :icon_smile: But perhaps 5 years of home-brewing and several years helping look after a community orchard have put some knowledge into this bonce that s...
by RenewableCandy
Fri May 04, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: What is Britain eating?
Replies: 6
Views: 6090

Re: What is Britain eating?

If there's a bigger pot (and some dirt) around, transplanting the store-bought one into that will help it last longer.

(Heck, now I want to eat a cherry bakewell or 12...)
by RenewableCandy
Fri May 04, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Can certain plants prevent fruit tree problems if put under the trees
Replies: 8
Views: 5611

Re: Can certain plants prevent fruit tree problems if put under the trees

Apparently cats don't like the smell of lemons, so you could try lemon-rinds or spraying juice.