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by madasafish
Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:52 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Prince of hypocrisy
Replies: 81
Views: 8289

Re: Prince of hypocrisy

Our system has lots of inequalities and is of course unfair.

Show me a system which is fair and works..
and is democratic...
by madasafish
Mon Jul 26, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Company van.
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: Company van.

I remember a girl I knew who wore miniskirts and was the passenger in an open top MG Midget. SHe kept her feet on the windscreen to cool them down... ..
by madasafish
Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:42 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Fruit cages: any use?
Replies: 8
Views: 1332

Re: Fruit cages: any use?

I have about 80 raspberries. None are caged. Birds take a few: I don't mind. Blueberries : I net. Or I would have none. Red and blackcurrants: I plant quite close together and fertilise heavily with manure and lots of compost. They grow into deep leafy swathes where the fruit hides and the birds do ...
by madasafish
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rudolf Steiner
Replies: 39
Views: 5779

Re: Rudolf Steiner

I happen to agree with the comments on bees in the article John Walker has posted above..

But then I would, using top bar hives...
by madasafish
Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

NB

We could easily double food production .. but prices are far too low at present...
by madasafish
Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:55 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

Perhaps Nature's Babe would like to think of the Ice Age - the last one. About 20,000 years ago , where I write was covered by a layer of ice 0.75km deep and Nature had removed all the topsoil and was busy making clay . When the Ice Age finished, Stoke on Trent had lovely banks of clay we used to ma...
by madasafish
Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:27 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

SInce soil erosion started when the first soil was formed and the first rain fell on it#, I am not convinced by any such argument...

# several hundred million (billion?) years ago.
by madasafish
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:16 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

I have an open mind: facts and a theory to fit them. Simple. Theories with no facts: the hallmark of the misguided or the willfully wrong. Of course, you can be an Einstein and come out with theories - like light bending near massive objects - which were only proved AFTER the theory was written. But...
by madasafish
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:52 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

Of course this might make uncomfortable reading for those with a rigid, human-centred mindest who insist on having a rational, human-friendly explanation for everything - and who seek to disparage ideas and thinking that unsettles them. Well I believe in trying to have ideas which fit in with facts...
by madasafish
Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

When a poster posts something at the start of their message you must always check whether it is factual or not. If they then base their whole argument on it, then you must double check. I quote NB's first line "Topsoil used to be 3 - 4 ft deep, now thanks to intensive farming methods it is bare...
by madasafish
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Birds, Animals and Livestock
Topic: Squillions of sparrows
Replies: 17
Views: 3253

Re: Squillions of sparrows

Apart from sparrows, we have thrushes. Not seen a thrush in our garden for 20 odd years. The balckbirds are doing well- lots skulking, the pheasants are expanding, the tits are tittering and the jays are doing well . Not seen a hawk for a while...but in 2008 got a poor picture of one in our front la...
by madasafish
Sun Jul 18, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Best practices
Topic: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.
Replies: 44
Views: 5386

Re: Answer to Johnboys question re quality soil.

I garden organically by choice. Perhaps the organic supporters will use the bodies of the 3 billion humans for fertiliser.... the 3 billion who will die from starvation if agriiculture did not use artificial fertilisers.. And all the honey bees would die from not using non-organic treatments for var...
by madasafish
Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Rain at last
Replies: 152
Views: 12919

Re: Rain at last

On Monday I replaced a broken (by cows) fencepost. A meter down the clay was virtually dry. Yesterday I replaced a post holding up raspberry canes (broken by wind). A metre down the ground was damp. We have had torrential rain, only broken for the Bee Inspector who visited yesterday and had a 1 hour...
by madasafish
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: BUDDLEIA
Replies: 3
Views: 725

Re: BUDDLEIA

We lost 7 out of 13 Buddleia last winter and the remaining ones have only survived by shoots from the base. All prior year top growth is dead..

(Also lost ceanothus,passion flower, hypericum and clematis).

What's a butterfly?
by madasafish
Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: General chatter
Topic: Fence preservation
Replies: 5
Views: 1182

Re: Fence preservation

Anyone advocating the use of creosote MUST say "DO NOT SPRAY". Spraying creosote in a domestic environment is dangerous. To even mention it without that caveat when the OP speciifcally stated they would prefer to spray ....... And for all we know the OP may (I am sure is not) be stoopid en...

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