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by elfcurry
Sat Aug 19, 2006 9:57 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: when is corn ready?
Replies: 14
Views: 5341

The first time I grew corn a few years ago it was a great success and I was delighted. I tried the following year and the crop was poor. I've tried since with mixed success but the last couple of years have been good. I've never really found a better way to be sure they're ready than to do as Red sa...
by elfcurry
Fri Jul 14, 2006 9:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tallest sunflower competition
Replies: 123
Views: 47670

Well, mine must be some rare dwarf variety I think. Not those ordinary, common ones that seem to be all stem with a few leaves and some silly flower at the top. Mine don't bother with flowers. The best one is like a small bush and about knee high. Maybe I should try entering a bonsai contest instead...
by elfcurry
Thu Jun 29, 2006 11:49 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for toilet roll insert
Replies: 38
Views: 25374

I've tried planting seeds (eg runner beans) in them but found two practical problems:
  1. the compost falls out the bottom
  2. they unroll when damp
I didn't try again as the remedies didn't seem worth the bother!
by elfcurry
Sat Jun 24, 2006 12:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Name That Weed!
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

I'm not sure if this is the same as E now or not but is this the one I should definitely not allow to seed? http://www.grumpybadger.org.uk/pics/weedy/weedfence.jpg And here's a better picture of A: http://www.grumpybadger.org.uk/pics/weedy/paperyagain.jpg Is it lichen as suggested? C must be lurking...
by elfcurry
Fri Jun 23, 2006 11:43 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for plastic onion nets
Replies: 15
Views: 8234

I know I said they're typically orange but I had a black one recently with some lemons in and very nice they looked too.

This made me think.
This shows one but you can imagine the effect if I collected a few... http://www.grumpybadger.org.uk/pics/weedy/fishnet2.htm




:shock:
by elfcurry
Thu Jun 22, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Name That Weed!
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Thanks for your answers and comments. This is a quick response as I'm off to a pub quiz now. A. It's like paper which is pale grey on the under side and dark grey on the top and curling up at the edges. It always looks dry and it's been there for some years. I took another picture earlier to help id...
by elfcurry
Wed Jun 21, 2006 5:55 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: The arrogance of the stinking rich
Replies: 18
Views: 4548

albert onglebod wrote:Yuk sounds like the bloke my OH was arresting for drink driving .
He said 'I pay your wages!'
My OH said 'no you dont ,I do this for free' (he is a special constable).
If that was me, I'd be kicking myself later for not adding
"and sometimes I enjoy my work enormously! 8)
.
by elfcurry
Wed Jun 21, 2006 12:30 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Name That Weed!
Replies: 9
Views: 1746

Name That Weed!

Name That Weed! Do you know what these are? Any thoughts are welcome including diversions. A. papery This is a shady spot on my lawn for several years. Is it fungus? B. tufty weed C. tall This is about 5ft tall with a red base to the stem. It's not always in the same place each day. Any ideas? Shou...
by elfcurry
Sat Jun 17, 2006 9:19 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It's Raining!
Replies: 17
Views: 6519

I want some rain. :( People always think of England as wet but apart from a heavy shower a few days ago that dampened the bottom of my dry water tank... nothing. nada. I'm reduced to using tap water on my crops and it hurts me to use drinking water... especially as I pay for it! Question: my water t...
by elfcurry
Mon May 29, 2006 12:07 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for plastic onion nets
Replies: 15
Views: 8234

fruit-picking

Safety net for fruit? To catch windfalls and dropped apples during picking before they hit the ground. I might try to rig up something for picking blackcurrants. Mine are pretty small and as I strip the fruit and try to contain it all in my hand to transfer to a container I always lose some. A netti...
by elfcurry
Sun May 28, 2006 5:39 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for plastic onion nets
Replies: 15
Views: 8234

A net for trainee jugglers.

Trainee juggler's net Collect lots of small net bags and tie at edges to make a net about 2m diameter with a hole in the middle surrounded by elastic and place around the waist. This invention is of world-changing significance as it obviates the necessity of continually bending to pick up the balls...
by elfcurry
Wed May 17, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for an old/scratched/promo cd
Replies: 29
Views: 11370

Fix a row or two behind your radiators to reflect the heat back in.
by elfcurry
Sat May 13, 2006 11:53 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Hide the cucumber
Replies: 28
Views: 7849

alcina wrote:I defy all the most determined thief to try to push their way through a Berberis more than once!
So they're trapped then!
by elfcurry
Sat May 13, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What do you recycle?
Replies: 30
Views: 16409

I meant light card, like cereal packets, so not worth posting and not much use for packing I'd imagine. I have also collected a fair bit of stouter corrugated cardboard with the idea of lining my roof for some free insulation. I intend to staple it to the under side of the roof supports, thus trappi...
by elfcurry
Sat May 13, 2006 1:12 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: What do you recycle?
Replies: 30
Views: 16409

cardboard?

East Dorset council collects cans, paper, glass and some plastics fortnightly so they get recycled with no effort. They dont accept envelopes with windows or glue, and have no facilities for cardboard or many plastics. I have a sackful of the kind of plastic they don't accept (eg moulded plastic pa...