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by elfcurry
Thu May 11, 2006 7:20 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Compost Bin
Replies: 31
Views: 15350

worms

I'm glad you told him Mandyz. 8) I just spotted a BBC page ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/4753331.stm ) which reports attempts to encourage urban wormeries and composting. Some people commenting on that page had trouble with rats in their compost. Anyone here had that problem or is it due to ...
by elfcurry
Wed May 10, 2006 12:11 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Compost Bin
Replies: 31
Views: 15350

I'm not sure if I want DH peeing in the composter... So I don't think I'll mention this to him. Please tell him! When I moved into this house my Dad visited to help sort out the garden and I was apalled when he said he was going behind the shed instead of using my indoor plumbing like 'civilised' p...
by elfcurry
Mon May 08, 2006 5:48 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 ways to get rid of slugs
Replies: 167
Views: 162904

little bastards!

I*ve only planted 3 individual plants so far this year: all runner beans at the weekend. Last night the snails attacked them all, destroying one and taking the biggest leaf of a second. One snail still had a stalk in its nasty slimy grip and I took some pleasure in executing them as above with a bri...
by elfcurry
Sun May 07, 2006 10:18 pm
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: Green TV
Replies: 3
Views: 2295

OK thanks; I'll give them a try sometime when I get the sound on this machine connected up.
by elfcurry
Sat May 06, 2006 12:10 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 ways to get rid of slugs
Replies: 167
Views: 162904

Two years ago I went out most nights on a slug and snail hunt and collected them and salted quite a few. The resulting mess was pretty disgusting and I realised the a salty gooey mess couldn't be disposed of in a green way as I didn't want to harm birds or hedgehogs etc. Last year I collected them a...
by elfcurry
Fri May 05, 2006 11:26 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Standby power consumption
Replies: 32
Views: 13575

getting a perspective

My quibble was about how much (or rather how little) power is being used when on standby and the misleading idea many people get from the media. My TV uses 3-4 Watts and my new-this-week freeview box uses 6 Watts. If anyone has a TV or similar that uses more than 10 Watts on standby, please tell us ...
by elfcurry
Fri May 05, 2006 11:04 pm
Forum: Bring back the Goodlife - and other Television and Radio related things
Topic: Green TV
Replies: 3
Views: 2295

Green TV

Seeing so many threads about The Good Life here, I was idly thinking there should be a channel just continuously looping Tom And Barbara. Then I thought there are other green, organic or self-sufficiency related programmes, like It's Not Easy Being Green , some news reports from main channels on gre...
by elfcurry
Tue May 02, 2006 12:33 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Are supermarkets evil?
Replies: 75
Views: 29479

Rise up!

Actually I'm thinking of doing it as a community venture - thus I won't make millions but then I don't really want to - but rather it will be a community owned business that will make a difference to a lot of lives. This is how the original cooperative movement started: ordinary people getting toge...
by elfcurry
Sun Apr 30, 2006 12:24 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Tallest sunflower competition
Replies: 123
Views: 47671

Can I join in too please? Last summer was my first time with sunflowers and they were alright-ish about 1.6m tall. I experimented with time-lapse photography, hoping to see them track the sun or grow but with limited success. I planted a few seeds in a progagator this week but nothing to see yet. Ho...
by elfcurry
Sun Apr 30, 2006 11:24 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: How Long Before My Home Made Water Butt Leaks?
Replies: 38
Views: 32690

I like it and I expect it will hold more water - if you get some. How long will it last? I'd worry about two things: 1. thin plastic getting ripped or punctured by a splinter or snagged on something sharp. 2. whether the wooden joints will take the pressure of the depth of the water How confident ar...
by elfcurry
Sun Apr 30, 2006 10:55 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 uses for plastic onion nets
Replies: 15
Views: 8234

101 uses for plastic onion nets

You know, the small orang or yellow bags which prepackged onions sometimes come in. I've been keeping these for some while as I'm pretty sure they'd last for ever in landfill and there must be something useful I can do with them. 1. sewn or tied as large areas: bird netting for crops 2. filling a cu...
by elfcurry
Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Standby power consumption
Replies: 32
Views: 13575

computer clocks

Muddypause wrote: If it's what I think it is, the little battery that keeps the clock going in the computer will last for years - probably the life of the computer. Think of the tiddly little battery in a digital watch; that will often last for years before it needs changing. To save power, I'd go f...
by elfcurry
Sat Apr 29, 2006 12:15 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: water saving tip
Replies: 14
Views: 6625

What about diverting the grey water straight into a water butt outside, and then into the garden? As long as you keep to a relatively eco-brand of washing stuff, you channel the "wasted water" straight to where it's needed... without using a hose pipe! I reuse grey water from the washing machine. T...
by elfcurry
Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:26 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Free Energie
Replies: 63
Views: 29626

I actually think Michel is right.

I actually think Michel is right. No, only kidding. He thinks he's found a bunch of people who want to believe (and I would love to believe in harmless free energy). But he thinks we haven't got the critical faculties to spot a scam. Anyone with more brain cells than toes knows perpetual energy is ...
by elfcurry
Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:46 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: kumiss
Replies: 7
Views: 3561

chang?

I had some drink made from fermented milk in northern India in the foothills of the Himalayas. I think it was called chang but not sure if that's how you spell it! It came in a tall glass with small bits of somethin black on the top (unless that was accidental!) and was only available in the kind of...