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  Topic: Cheapest Black Plastic / Weed Suppressing Material
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 8
Views: 494
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Sat Jun 23, 18 4:55 pm   Subject: Cheapest Black Plastic / Weed Suppressing Material
cardboard. you can get it from shops, big DIY stores, bike shops are good.

I wouldnt use carpet at all. Even wool ones are treated.
  Topic: Wildlife
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 58
Views: 3270
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Wed Jun 20, 18 9:20 am   Subject: Wildlife
I have a nest of tree bumble bees in an old hay bale on top of the hen house. Their runway into the nest is on the door, so the bees get a little confused when I have it open to collect eggs, so I tr ...
  Topic: No dig / suppressing grass
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 16
Views: 1140
PostForum: Grow Your Own   Posted: Wed Jun 20, 18 9:18 am   Subject: No dig / suppressing grass
I prefer not to use plastic.

I made my no dig veg beds by covering the weeds - couch grass and all - with thick brown cardboard and then a good layer of home made compost over the top. then hoed ...
  Topic: Elderflower cordial fail!
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 9
Views: 1388
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Wed Jun 06, 18 9:33 pm   Subject: Elderflower cordial fail!
my recipe is:
elderflower cordial



20 heads of elderflower (picked on a sunny day)

2 lemons

1.8 kg white sugar

1.2 L water

50g citric acid

Peel the lemons, aiming to get only th ...
  Topic: Elderflower cordial fail!
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 9
Views: 1388
PostForum: Recipes, Preserving, Homebrewing   Posted: Wed Jun 06, 18 9:31 pm   Subject: Elderflower cordial fail!
did you pick the flowers on a dry day, in full sun? makes a difference to flavour
  Topic: water
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 25
Views: 2164
PostForum: Land Management   Posted: Thu May 31, 18 7:47 am   Subject: water
I believe you need a licence to take water from streams etc - so anything really obvious - even a load of humans with buckets - might draw undue attention.

When we planted our orchard, the trees go ...
  Topic: No Swallows.
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 31
Views: 7600
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Fri May 11, 18 9:01 am   Subject: No Swallows.
I thought the swallows were late this year - then I checked out the date I first saw them last year and it turns out they are a few days earlier this year. I wonder if that early hot spell just made ...
  Topic: Reducing the use of Plastics
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 80
Views: 16574
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Thu May 10, 18 9:13 pm   Subject: Reducing the use of Plastics
We had presents well wrapped in pretty paper..unfortunately pretty paper has a lot of plastic on it
Most were so well taped I can't re-use it either..so congratulations to those who wrapped in p ...
  Topic: Reducing the use of Plastics
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 80
Views: 16574
PostForum: Conservation and Environment   Posted: Sat May 05, 18 10:43 am   Subject: Reducing the use of Plastics
Brown sugar will dry out and get very hard if it is kept in paper.

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Maybe so, but I remember buying brown sugar and watching the sh ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Sat May 05, 18 10:36 am   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
I gave up with washing liquids because they just weren't getting the clothes clean and have gone back to powder. I use Co-op own brand and that seems to have the desired effect without too much smell ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Fri May 04, 18 2:14 pm   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
I use a fraction of what the detergent bottle says. We are in a very soft water area so I expect others might need a bit more, but I can't adide conditioner - it makes the towels non-absorbant, and e ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Wed May 02, 18 1:01 pm   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Fabric conditioner does react with the remaining detergent in the clothes I think. After using the washing machine rinse there is quite a lot of stuff left in the wash. If you rinse anything out in cl ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Wed May 02, 18 1:00 pm   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
the placebo effect in the laundry would be an interesting study

I'm inclined to think people who say it makes no difference haven't actually tried it in a long while. it's different. You mig ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Tue May 01, 18 8:54 am   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
not to have the house too dry.

No fear of that!

nor here!

beginning to think back along when lots of people were saying they use vinegar it was just in the vinegar cures all phase... ...
  Topic: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
Nicky Colour it green

Replies: 60
Views: 23296
PostForum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle   Posted: Fri Apr 27, 18 2:31 pm   Subject: vinegar instead of fabric conditioner
I use a small dose of fabric softener to eliminate static, for some reason I'm very prone to being zapped.
yes me too
 
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