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Chatting on the Plot / Re: Electric and Gas Smart meters
« Last post by arh on Today at 15:42 »
Actually, there isn't much "smart" about the meter, though it can talk to the supplier if you/they allow it, it's the monitor that's smart, but even then, all it does is teach it's grandmother to suck eggs. Watch a young person "fill" a kettle for 2 mugs,(cups if your're posh), then watch an "older" person do the same, the smart meter monitor just tries to teach the young person to think like an "older" person. :lol:
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Speeding fine vs Speed awareness course
« Last post by arh on Today at 15:35 »
As an ex long haul Truck Driver, (with no points on my licence), though having paid a "few" euro/lira/francs etc. my advice is to swallow your pride, take the course, and learn from the experience.
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Electric and Gas Smart meters
« Last post by wighty on Today at 15:29 »
We can't have them because there is no phone coverage in this part of the Island for them to work  I think it was Vodaphone British Gas were using.
Sounds perfick!  :D :D
A couple of years ago my wife did the course simply to avoid getting points on her licence, she went along with a fairly closed mind, simply to tick the box and get it over and done with. She came away with a totally different attitude, having learnt a few things, and stating that everyone should do the course as it is so valuable. From her experience, I would certainly choose the course instead of the points.

That is how I approached the course as well, but came away amazed at how few people actually knew the speed limit of various vehicles on different roads... quite worrying... and determined to be a safer driver myself
Equipment Shed / Re: Qualcast Cultimatic Oil Level
« Last post by R Tallentire on Today at 13:22 »
I forgot to mention that it will be an A98 as it has a Zenith carb. I am fairly sure the A114s and A148s had DelOrto carbs, later changed to either Tillotson or Walboro.
Grow Your Own / Re: What I did on the plot today 2017
« Last post by wneva on Today at 12:42 »
And some more manure spreading this morning before the rain started.  I've now covered about a quarter of my plot with manure.

I think I've been going about this wrong - I have had a weed problem - couch and bindweed-  since I started (8 years ago), and a few years back I bought a roll of weed control fabric.  Then I've been covering each weedy bed in the autumn after pulling up whatever was growing there, and leaving it covered over the winter.  This does deal with the weeds quite effectively.   Since getting my load of horse manure a couple of weeks ago I've been removing the fabric from a bed, spreading manure on it and then replacing the cover on it.  I think this is wrong.  Surely I should leave the cover off, once I've spread the manure.  Then the rain will wash the nutrients down into the soil.  If I replace the fabric, the nutrients will stay in the manure.

Presumably weeds will grow where it's uncovered, and I'll just have to pull 'em up when I see them.

As you can see, I'm flying by the seat of my pants!
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Vermin repellent...
« Last post by mumofstig on Today at 12:15 »
Stockholm tar (pine tar) was used regularly to treat the wood on Dad's chicken coup - because it repelled the rats  ;)

Chatting on the Plot / Re: Vermin repellent...
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 11:17 »
Sounds logical. Would you like to have a lump of smelly tar in your bedroom or dining room?
Mothballs might work as well, or those smelly air fresheners.

Good point as ever, Azubah!

Apparently mice hate mint and rabbits loathe foxgloves and onions too!

Isn't napthalene (mothballs), a fire hazard? My shed has everything on the planet - and more...
Chatting on the Plot / Re: Vermin repellent...
« Last post by Growster... on Today at 11:14 »
The EU doesn't know that I once used to work on the roads, and the pavements, and the drainage...

(Used to sell precast concrete concrete for motorways, years ago...)!

Same thing, only different!

I'm only making the rat runs safer to drive along!

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