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by madasafish
Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Digital broadcasting
Replies: 17
Views: 3487

I can't see what the fuss about losing FM is. Lots of UK has lousy FM reception: we certainly have...
As far as digital TV, I'm waiting for HDI TV to be sorted and buy complete with digital.. current systems are a half way hodge podge (and expensive for poor quality vision imo)
by madasafish
Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:15 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: buying my first greenhouse - any advice?
Replies: 26
Views: 14569

My Halls 8x6 is 23 years old. I can recommend them: still going strong (3 new panes and that's all)
by madasafish
Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:13 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Greenhouse insulation
Replies: 2
Views: 2322

I find clear sealing tape (for mending glass from DIY) ideal for fixing bubble insulation to any part of a greenhouse (But be careful: it sticks very well)
by madasafish
Mon Dec 04, 2006 3:36 pm
Forum: Growing places
Topic: Installing a second hand green house
Replies: 9
Views: 7607

My plain steel base was covered in alumium primer then a layer of wax based car underseal.. some 22 years ago when installed. Hence no electrolytic corrosion between house alumium and base (requires inspection and touch up every 3-5 years,, :-)
by madasafish
Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Willow taking root
Replies: 13
Views: 5376

stick the rootying ends in cresote and leave for a week is my advice.
by madasafish
Wed Nov 15, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: Worms and worms
Replies: 10
Views: 3881

I remove cow manure from the adjoining field and compost it. Often it is full of brandling worms.. so I assume they live in the soil and feed on concentration sof dead plant matter . All 5 of my compost heaps/bins have brandling worms. None were introduced from outside. So I assume they occur natura...
by madasafish
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:52 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: tidal power
Replies: 41
Views: 9089

Street lighting is NOT a problem after about 11pm. Why? Well you cannot just switch of power generation. Generators have to keep running. Nuclear and coal fired plants do not stop generation when peopl go to bed. That's why Economy 7 tariffs exist: to encourage use in off peak periods. So what does ...
by madasafish
Wed Nov 15, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Gentlemen Only
Replies: 17
Views: 4091

Favourite lady cook.
If I liked domineering wimmin, then Cranny Faddock.

But I don't, so none...
by madasafish
Mon Nov 13, 2006 10:38 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: tidal power
Replies: 41
Views: 9089

>ciderboys I do NOT suggest home generation is ever going to replace power stations BUT there is a small place for it in a THINKING power policy. Better be prepared for blackouts in the next 5-7 years because our current electricty generation is creaking at the seams and falling apart . It takes 10 ...
by madasafish
Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:18 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: tidal power
Replies: 41
Views: 9089

There is another alternative: home generation - from a variety of means - solar, water and wind. In many other countries it makes economic sense because you can sell surplus power which is not used to the Local Electricity Company. In the UK, however, whilst you can do this, the price you get is - u...
by madasafish
Mon Nov 06, 2006 3:38 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: more leaf problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3418

I have a sure fire way of accelerating compost production from leaves. I shred them first by making piles of them and runover with a rotary mover. then when I put them on the compost heap I add layers (well just jumbled up messes) of green vegetation - often shredded using the mower as th leaves. th...
by madasafish
Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:31 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: newpapers
Replies: 10
Views: 2618

We recycle all our kitchen offcuts by placing them in a green bin in the kitchen and periodically emptying onto the outside wormery. To ease cleaing I always line the bottom of the green bin with newspaper and empty that into the wormery with the contents. Worms seem to eat newspaper as well as gree...
by madasafish
Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:58 am
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: No-Digging
Replies: 12
Views: 4100

Our soil is quite heavy: clay at about 2 feet down: drains quite well but if you sieve the top soil you find .5cm diameter balls of clay. Since we moved here 20 odd years ago, I have adopted a no digging approach to flower and fruit gardens. I spread compost on soil in winter /early spring , remove ...
by madasafish
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Collecting leaves
Replies: 6
Views: 1468

collect about 50 sacks* of leaves from garden: mixed oak/sycamore/beech/willow and birch.

Place loads in pile on lawn and run over with rotary mower.. reduces volume and ensures they rot down quicker.
Onto compost heap for a year...

* polypropelene sack approx 70cm wide x 70cm long x 80cm deep
by madasafish
Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:04 pm
Forum: Seasonal tips
Topic: What's my asparagus up to?
Replies: 15
Views: 5729

My salvias are still red. Unheard of not to have had a frost in October. Our Busy Lizzie still all alive and blooming. Our poppies are flowering , the oaks still have lots of leaves, the grass is still growing (as are the weed!:-( and my dahlias are in full bloom. Never seen anything like it : we ar...

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