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by Skippy
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:34 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Weed killing on lawns
Replies: 16
Views: 1685

Re: Weed killing on lawns

I look after a number of people's lawns and constant mowing does seem to get rid of the worst of the weeds if they are a bother. Sometimes physical removal of things like dandelions or others with a deep root may be needed but I try to steer away from weed killers if at all possible. Probably the be...
by Skippy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 9
Views: 3447

Re: Mattresses

I went to our local tip recently . It's not a place I visit very often but I was a little shocked or impressed , I'm not sure which , to see what I could only describe as a mattress mountain. They're probably running close with sofas as awkward to recycle with the mixed materials and whatnot . I bel...
by Skippy
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 2485

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Let's hope the weather stays decent after all that shovelling so you can enjoy it all. The "nice round gravel" you mention , I do hope you have ordered the 10mm rather than the 20mm. The larger is cheaper and really is meant to be used in concrete but because it's cheaper a lot of people go for it. ...
by Skippy
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Mattresses
Replies: 9
Views: 3447

Re: Mattresses

Irony of posting a thread about mattresses . My wife's brother has been having marital issues and had moved in with us for a little while ( he's now at his dad's while he and his wife try to sort things out) . My wife made up a bed for him in the admittedly small spare room using one of those travel...
by Skippy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: No rubbish fortnight
Replies: 81
Views: 37015

Re: No rubbish fortnight

It's recently gotten a tad worse round by us since the council have started to charge for dumping certain stuff. Our garden waste bins cost £36 a year ( and I don't understand why some have waited until nearly June to sign up) , bags of rubble cost £4 to dump , a toilet or sink the same and there ar...
by Skippy
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: No rubbish fortnight
Replies: 81
Views: 37015

Re: No rubbish fortnight

Nah - let the world know what's become of these unwanted bags. :mrgreen: I'll try to do that. Funny thing is with the compost heaps , wood burner, recycling and garden waste bins we have very little actual rubbish to go in our bin. Certainly very little "domestic" rubbish. Sometimes I do produce sh...
by Skippy
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: What to do with a field?
Replies: 22
Views: 12849

Re: What to do with a field?

Well ,nearly five years since I posed this question and seeing as RC has dug it up perhaps worth an update. The sheep have gone and the field is now home to one quite ancient horse , I'm not sure about rents or whatever as I haven't inquired that much. My friend purchased a small tractor with a topp...
by Skippy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: No rubbish fortnight
Replies: 81
Views: 37015

Re: No rubbish fortnight

I use them for rubbish too . Perhaps it's guilt thing but I tend to turn them inside out before filling them.
by Skippy
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:21 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: How many hours a day does it take?
Replies: 14
Views: 4446

Re: How many hours a day does it take?

A lot will depend on the state of the plot in the first place . If the land has been neglected you could spend a good deal of time clearing vegetation, weeds ,or worse , getting fences and hedges in order , and ditches or drains to go in perhaps . Part off my daily job is looking after people's gard...
by Skippy
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:31 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2924

Re: Food waste

Some of those in our family.
by Skippy
Thu May 31, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2924

Re: Food waste

I suspect that if people only bought what they were going to use over the next week or so there would be a lot less of a hang up about best before and use by. I cannot deny the logic of that one little bit. However , it's perhaps the doomer in me that wouldn't feel easy having only a weeks worth of...
by Skippy
Wed May 30, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Food waste
Replies: 17
Views: 2924

Re: Food waste

One thing I have picked up is that food producers have a legal obligation to place either a use by or a best before date on their products. As we know best before is about quality and is only a guide. Use by is about food safety . This has made me think , if it's accepted that food deteriorates and ...
by Skippy
Fri May 25, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?
Replies: 17
Views: 2390

Re: If you could...would you private jet everywhere?

Oh I agree there is a conundrum here and fully understand that we use energy in pretty much all that we do. Using energy to make tools or grow food for instance I have no real problem with . It's more the frivolous uses we make of the available energy that sits a bit uncomfortably with me. Jetting o...
by Skippy
Fri May 25, 2018 7:17 am
Forum: Green Building
Topic: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge
Replies: 19
Views: 2485

Re: RenewableCandy's Hardcore challenge

Not wanting to seem a downer but from experience I have found that the membrane doesn't suppress all the weeds for ever. Dirt will start to build up in the gravel and small weeds will start to grow . Ok so being largely in gravel means they will pull out easily but it does knock the whole maintainen...
by Skippy
Wed May 23, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Selling off eggs from chickens - tax concern?
Replies: 4
Views: 1103

Re: Selling off eggs from chickens - tax concern?

I have one friend who has found what may be termed a loophole for selling food. We are both re-enactors and several years ago I built a portable bread oven which I unfortunately don't use now but my friend now has one she uses. She came up with the idea of pastries and pies and thought about selling...