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Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 19 6:33 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I would expect the sycamore at least to pollard, the ash should, but will depend on chalara, and the oak may. Sycamore seems to be very hard to kill, and ash under normal conditions is a coppice tree, so should pollard. In our experience, oak goes its own sweet way, so you may be lucky. Good luck with the vegetable gardening.

I still have some to plant out, but somehow a couple of hours down at the hospital makes me too tired to want to get on. Hoping to get them out soon. It is pouring with rain at the moment, so at least only the greenhouse plants to water.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1881
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 19 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is good news, that the sycamore will pollard-as it is the majority species of the trees. The ash is the next and oak only 2 about 15 feet high and not much of them. The real problem is that I allowed them to grow at the expense of sense and so the trees are tall and slim-remarkably like my first girlfriend, another story-and the ash is at least 50 feet high, but a very small girth. The reason is that there is so much in the hedgerow that all the trees there are fighting for space, and have grown upwards so none have a girth worth money when felled except for firewood. There are a few holly bushes which I will preserve where I can, and use as a winter cash crop' if they produce berries. I still have some of the old creosote, not a lot, but I hope to use it on the unwanted stumps-if it is allowed I am not wanting to contravene any laws. The sycamores are starting to sprout, even those that have been felled. In fact they all seem to be fighting to exist, I am hoping they do and make a good wind break onto the veg garden.

Another thing I may look into is to cover the back roof with solar panels. The sun shone on them all afternoon yesterday from before I got home 1 30pm till after I finished wood cutting around 6pm., when I went in. It is a south west facing roof and seems to get the heat of the day on it's face I guess it is around 40 ft. by15ft. I don't know anything about it except that I am told if I go for it to keep control of it. It appears that they will buy all the electricity off you at wholesale price and sell you your usage of electricity at commercial prices, they win and win! A week ago the roof was covered in tree foliage!

It is raining this afternoon, not welcome really as the weeds are getting bigger daily, wet and warm=weeds!

I had a shock today. My motor has been playing up on one wheel, front nearside, so I took it to my regular mechanic who changed it amid much bad language and hammering, about 2 to 3 weeks ago! It has now developed the same fault or so I thought, but it is on the nearside rear wheel. Next Tuesday it is going to a different garage to have this done. It will cost a few bob but there we are if it gets me going safely I shall be glad. But I know I can feel the grinding on the steering wheel which is why I feel it is the front-I will be pleased if it stops all this present grief of big bills and no result.


Not much else to be telling you except it is raining-why couldn't it hold off for a few days, till the trees are fallen and all sorted.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2043
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 19 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

To catch you up on what's been happening lately - last Tuesday was a press preview at the New York Botanical Garden. Absolutely perfect weather, traffic not terrible, and the event was fantastic: Brazilian Modern - The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

Saturday (yesterday) was a county-wide electronics disposal day. My copier insists on printing very faintly despite Himself spending hours on trying to convince it to do better, with no success. No one on FreeCycle wanted it. So off I went with it and a couple of other I-know-not-what-that Himself excavated from a closet.

At the event they handed out a sheet with information about the three upcoming hazardous waste disposal days - paint, motor oil, photographic chemicals, insecticide, more. Also a packet of what to do in emergencies - only drink safe water, food facts, emergency supply list, county animal response list (emergency evacuation for pets and farm animals), how to safely dispose of medications, teen vaping, and more.

Then off I went to a perennial extravaganza at an up market garden center/plant nursery across the river in Pennsylvania where a good friend that I see infrequently was speaking. He gave a very nice talk.

And tomorrow I take Amtrak on a 7 1/2 hour ride to Vermont where on Tuesday I will give a talk on Cottage Gardens Then and Now, return on Wednesday. I get paid, my travel expenses are reimbursed, and they will take me to see several gardens. Plus I will obviously get a lot of knitting (crocheting, actually) accomplished.

So now I need to go pack etc. Until I return, then.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 19 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i like the disposal days , we dont have that here but it does make sense.
the closest i can think of is a few shops that sell batteries will have a bucket for used ones

having done hard core identification and disposal of things in cupboards the bulk stuff like old paint from domestic sources seems more of an issue than a few ounces of lead picrate crystallised across the woodwork ( unless you are next to it )

for instance i have some old , mixed chainsaw fuel. it aint going in the saw but i need to get rid of 1/4 gallon before i can refill the fuel /oil container.
in the uk doing that responsibly is difficult.

mix it with expanded polystyrene and spread it about for a burn off is a less than green or fluffy option

we have a huge issue with basic wastes at all scales, the more complicated stuff is ok ish for commercial, single issue stuff but low volume high variety is not addressed at all on any scale.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2043
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 19 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack, on hazardous was disposal days they accept 10 gallons plus 80 pounds of "stuff" at no charge. Anything above that is $2 per gallon or pound. Paint is supposed to be combined like with like to make full gallons. Mercury is accepted - got rid of two old under-the-tongue thermometers once. Do not accept radioactive material - I think that means smoke detectors etc. And never have I been asked for driver's license / proof or residency. Of course, showing up with out-of-state license plates on your vehicle might be suspicious.

It's very well set up - drive in, get in line, several "stations" as you pull up and unload. For electronics they have big wheelbarrows that things are unloaded into. Hazardous waste they go somewhat over the top - tarps on the ground, people in hazmat suits etc.

Very popular events - yesterday was scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. People were there at 7:00 a.m. Setup and ready by 8:15 a.m. so that's when they opened up. I got there about 8:45 a.m. We moved right along and I was out not more than 15 or 20 minutes after getting into line. And lots of cars behind me.

derbyshiredowser



Joined: 11 Feb 2007
Posts: 819
Location: derbyshire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 19 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:


for instance i have some old , mixed chainsaw fuel. it aint going in the saw but i need to get rid of 1/4 gallon before i can refill the fuel /oil container.
in the uk doing that responsibly is difficult.



I got rid of the same mix at the local fire station they were quite happy to take it to start the practice fires.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 19 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think the fire brigade may be happy to take flammable liquids for practise fires; different sorts of thing too to give them an idea of how different chemicals work. Sounds a very good idea though Jam Lady. Liked the write up on the exhibition too. I assume all the tender things will be out before winter sets in as it finishes at the end of September.

Gregotyn, having solar panels is a good idea if there is no shadow on any part of the roof for long periods during the day. Alternatively, you could have solar hot water panels which could be used for hot water and some house heating, but they are least effective when you need them most in the winter.

Have been away for a few days, so have to see what is doing now we are back.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1881
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 19 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have a few bonfires at home of non hazardous, my hedge trimmings and the like, but don't have much in the way of hazardous waste that I can think of. If I buy chain saw oil and fuel, I use them; vehicle oils I never have anything to do with, that it is the maintenance department who do all that. Guess I am paying one way or another. I know someone who takes used oil and burns it in his central heating boiler.

The tree felling is taking precedence over everything else at present, apart from work, which I will from retire next spring. I have made my mind up to get out and get the place into shape before I can't do the work at home, then again I may not be able, physically, to complete the work I want to do. I have had a professional to cut the trees down which are now too big for a pair of 70yo boys-2 of the remaining ash trees are over 50 ft. high, but of no decent girth, as the trees I have are random grown and so all are too close together and have grown high to compete for sunshine-a rare commodity here. A local professional faller has been to help and does it by climbing and cutting lengths off as he comes down. Interesting to watch as he demolishes a tree in 3 ft sections and all by hanging from the tree he is cutting! He has the right gear and does this for a living. Whereas my friend of 71 climbs to the top of the ladder and cuts the top off and I pull like mad to get it down, hoping there is no kick back-he is the one touching wood", I am a long way off on the rope.

Motor now fixed and so I can drive like a maniac again-£150 odd pounds later-sounds expensive to me, but I don't know.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 19 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Depends on what had to be done as to whether it was expensive or not. At least the vehicle is back on the road, and where you are you need it.

We had to have a tree taken down in the woods recently. The trunk was rotten and it was over a public footpath. The tree surgeons took it down in 3' lengths, so we have to remove it and use it in various ways. We have someone who is interested in using it in planked form if we can cut it, and I would like to use some for cutting boards etc.

Managed to get to the woods yesterday and got some work done. Son shifted some more timber, he and husband bagged some charcoal and I cut some hazel for besom handles and made a couple of heads. Sadly the mossies joined us so I have two horrid great bites round my chin-the only bit they could reach.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1881
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 19 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

So true about the cost, but it was, the lad said, new brake pads, so the rate per hour must be high! Anyway it is going without fear of a wheel coming off and no grinding noise. I have slowed down a lot in the last 2 years, common sense starting to kick in after 50 odd years of driving! I was never off the road, just driving with a constant grinding noise from one of the wheels.

The mossies have not surfaced up here...yet, but I have hay fever as usual at this time of the year and am sniffling well. It only affects my nose and I don't feel unwell because of it, as some folks undoubtedly do.

I have come to a stop on the felling of those trees by my house, my man who did the job is a professional, and as he didn't come last weekend I assumed he had somewhere else to go that is a paying proposition, unlike mine, which is a "favour for mates" as he doesn't want any cash I am worried what he does want instead! I have already donated a child's tricycle for his granddaughter.

I am coming to the conclusion that it is time I gave up working for a living. I can do my own bit of the work, it is the customers that cause trouble-you know those people who indirectly pay the wages, well the boss has it all first and the distributes accordingly!

I learned yesterday that you can't just go into the doctors surgery and get an appointment. Now you have to phone them-first problem, I don't have a phone, so they will be ringing work tomorrow morning. And if they don't then I can just go away and find a "quack doc" no doubt. It is interesting I could have been in serious pain a couple of years ago when I ate too many peanuts and my gut got upset to the point I was nearly fainting here in the library. And an emergency nurse sorted me out. It can't have been all bad as I am still around!

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 19 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i have decided that "work" as such is not on my to do list .
my time is quite full with interesting and useful things but i get to choose what they are

right now i am watching a sparrow 3 ft away watching me, learning sparrow details might not be important but it is rather fun and better than a lot of stuff i have done for wages

if you can afford to "retire" or as i think of it " do i need to do or buy that " it is rather nice and leads to loads of good stuff if you have fun with the time.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
Posts: 2043
Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 19 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

About solar hot water panels: there are too many trees for solar electric but we have two panels for solar hot water that were installed almost 8 years ago.

Well water comes out of the ground at about 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Panels are not intended to heat water to point-of-use temperature, more as a pre-heater so hot water tank heater (uses propane) is not working as hard. System works quite well even on cloudy days, works well even in winter.

Our system uses a 50% propylene glycol / 50% water transfer set up (fewer concerns about freezing) in the solar panels, through a heat exchanger coil, back to solar panels. The exchanger coil is in a intermediate tank which is fed from the well.

The warmed water goes to the standard water tank heater. Usually runs somewhere in the 80s Fahrenheit on cloudy days, on sunny days the system pump will shut down when the intermediate tank reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Best in winter is maybe 110 / 115 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 10596

PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 19 6:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We have thought about those Jam Lady, and they would make sense on our roof, but somehow other things have got in the way. Agree they do help, and something perhaps we ought to consider again.

Gregotyn, our surgery runs a two tier system. If you phone at 8am or 2.30pm you can ask for an emergency appointment, but it doesn't always work. Having missed out for two consecutive days, I did ask what I was supposed to do, as if I wasn't treated for something quite simple I could end up in A&E as a real emergency. They found me an appointment. The other one is the longer term one which can be a week or two. As with yours, they will give phone consultations, but as you say, only all right if you have a phone.

Rain was horrible yesterday and had to give up firing the kiln as the kindling was so wet and couldn't get the temperature up. I couldn't make besoms as I would have had to work under the store tent and it was far too dark. I ended up sitting on the covered area in front of the shelter splitting hazel for baskets, so at least something constructive. Made my hands hurt at the time, but no lasting pain thank goodness.

gregotyn



Joined: 24 Jun 2010
Posts: 1881
Location: Llanfyllin area
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 19 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We had some rain, but not a lot during the day it was at night mostly. The roads had a few large puddles but not as much as a couple of days ago when water was deep in places, and straddling the road. This am. is wet but improving and almost a sun wanting to shine.

I think that is about all I can expect with a few panels on the roof, to have a pre-warmer for my hot water tank, at around 900ft up a hill, but after costs it would start to save a bit of money. I too have a well available if I want it. My plan is to fill a large tank with water off the roof and use it for car washing and the like, eg bonfire control.

An interesting start to the day-I got up to go to the shops and was just off out, when the charcoal burner man turns up so I have to help him to unload and the come here and shop too, but the dreaded wallet goes awol again and I find it in the bag I had omitted to bring out with me which included the shopping list and other things you need when you leave the house!

If my memory goes well I will see you all on Tuesday-touch and go a bit!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 16, 19 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds as if you got rather distracted with the charcoal burner Gregotyn. Perhaps the best way to go is to plan everything before you do it, make sure you have all the things you need, like your wallet, before leaving the house, then go. More haste, less speed as they say. Turn it round and you have less haste, more speed. I find, particularly when doing something new, that planning first, so I know what I am going to do, makes things far less stressful.

We had our volunteer group yesterday morning, and just finished before the rain came. I went down the garden afterwards to do some work, but it rained again, so I just gave up. Hoping to get on this coming week as I still have things to plant out, but don't see any point in getting wet again.

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