Roy Hinkley

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since Jan 22, 2011
S. Ontario Canada
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Best thing for grease is undiluted dishsoap.  Put on your hands and coat evenly and let sit a while. Damp sponge after that. If its really bad you can use TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) but you want to keep that off your skin.
3 weeks ago
I would make sure mint is deader than dead before letting it near any garden.  
3 weeks ago
Certainly rainwater is very soft and the best thing for washing clothes and showers. A simple gravity fed Berkey type filter would make rainwater potable for drinking although the OP doesn't list that as one of the intended uses.
3 weeks ago
Thanks. I have a 2 foot maple tree showing the same leaf cuts and was wondering what it was.
3 months ago
Yes plant in the soil and then mulch on top. Seeds like a constant level of moisture. In general I don't direct seed in the ground unless I already have the mulch ready, otherwise the soil dries out too fast and hampers germination. The seeds never have a problem pushing through a few inches of mulch. I like finer stuff like ground leaves or dry grass clippings at first and wood chips later when the first round has decomposed into the soil.
To do it right you'll have to look for a place you can make a large duct from basement to top floor. Perhaps through a closet or sacrifice the corner of a room. Bigger the better.
Close to the center of the house if you can.  Just guessing 12 x 24 minimum. Mount the fan in the basement pushing cold air up.
4 months ago
I've had a raised bed of eastern white cedar (6-8" logs)  for a decade or so. Mine is a bit tall at 24" so it seems to dry out a bit more than I would like but I don't think the growth is retarded in that bed compared to the ground. Certainly the stuff around the base of the bed (right up against the logs) grows just fine.
5 months ago
I would put them standing up. I think it would wick water up from the ground higher into the bed.
5 months ago
I've used a couple of 2l plastic bottles to save some small bushes from pesky nibblers by cutting off top and bottom to make a sleeve. I suppose you could extend em with with packing tape.
6 months ago
I just bought a 5kg bag of organic spelt at a Mennonite store. Says it came from ``Grain Process Enterprises Ltd` in Scarborough. Dunno if you could ask them for their retail customers.....
6 months ago