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  • I’ve been picking carrots as needed for a week or so, two or three at a time. I’m very happy with them. I’ve also been picking purple climbing beans, but they’re mostly not very nice to eat. I’m not sure if i’m picking them too early, or too late. But the plants are looking a bit manky, so i don’t know if they’re past it or not.

    I also have some…[Read more]

  • I missed it because i was working, but you can watch it on the SBS website here so that’s what i’m doing tonight. Kinda makes all the propaganda our various governments have broadcast over the last ten or more years rather obvious. 🙁

  • I’m wondering about wheat, actually. If you harvest a field of perennial wheat with a combine harvester would that injure the plants? I suppose they’d die back anyway, so perhaps not. But i’d be interested to see a commercial scale crop.

    Also: Perennial corn! haha

  • I’m going to convert a motorcycle to electric power when i have my licence, which will cost me about $5000 or so, after buying a bike with a dead engine. I should be able to get about 70km or so and i’ll be able cut out most of my own petrol use. The only time i’d need my own car is taking my kids to daycare, and other than the weather i can…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Planking in the forum General chat and catching up 9 years ago

    I think it got a bit of a boost with that solo unofficial sports competition (as “The Laying Down Game”). Unfortunately “Tricking” won, but Jugger came second, with planking third. Jugger should have won. :p

  • replied to the topic Climbing Beans in the forum Vegetables 9 years ago

    I tried it, and the beans took to it straight away! I hung the string from the top of the wall, and used satay sticks to keep the strings separated. We’ll see how they go come harvest time.

  • I just hope this doesn’t bring the experimental fusion power station to a halt. While technically it’s a nuclear reactor, the waste products are radioactive for perhaps ten years. And (except tritium) the fuel isn’t radioactive.

  • Just finished the movie, and, well, the corn wasn’t the best. It tasted great, but there were heaps of kernels that didn’t pop, and some that did but seemed to soak up the oil and end up deep-fried and yuck (much like a crunchy chip vs potato). Perhaps it wasn’t left long enough. But the rest of it is in the jar and i’ll try again in a week or so.…[Read more]

  • OK so today i’m having a movie day with my daughter, but woe! The jar of popcorn is nearly empty! But then i remembered the corn cobs in the vegetable crisper section of the fridge! It’s been about three weeks total since harvest and i decided to leave them in the fridge to dry since the last time i put undried corn in the cupboard it went mouldy.…[Read more]

  • I’ll try drying them, then. They’ve been stored in the fridge for the last week or so, so far, so i’ll leave them somewhere to dry and see how it goes.

    I pop corn on the stove with a little bit of oil, just as it says on the pack of loose popping corn. That’s where i got the kernels for the crop in the first place. I didn’t expect them to grow at all!

  • I really enjoy my job! My two best subjects in high school were aviation and electronics. So now i’m an aircraft maintenance engineer, avionics. I enjoy nutting out the problems when the aircraft break down. The shift pattern gives me a six day weekend after six days on, so i have plenty of time to relax in the garden or play with my family. Or…[Read more]

  • For lead-acid batteries voltage is a pretty good indicator of state-of-charge. The voltage decreases fairly linearly, whereas nicad has almost constant voltage right until the end, when it drops off rapidly, and lithium is similar.

    If you want a more accurate measurement you can get amp-hour counters – which do exactly what their name suggests.…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato Harvest in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 6 months ago

    Thanks guys! Its taken a couple of weeks to actually get around to eating them. And man they were really nice! We ate them all, though. I was going to save one or two for next growing season, but they were so nice we forgot haha.

    Actually, about that, is it healthy to re-propagate plants for years on end? Isn’t it the same plant (genetically),…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato Harvest in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 7 months ago

    Wow what a haul! Well, not by ALS standards, of course, but compared to last year’s three small spuds it’s quite good! I don’t know what to do with the teeny tiny ones, but we’ll munch on the decently sized ones. If it wasn’t for a lack of water (oops) and last week being a bit warm, they may have grown bigger.

    The potatoes that these grew from…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato Harvest in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 7 months ago

    Awesome. Thanks for that, i was a bit worried!

    I took a photo to show it, the spuds are the dead plants in the foreground, with a random tomato on the left and in the path. Pumpkins between the spuds and onions also on the left. Behind that is the corn with a few pumpkin plants and (as soon as they sprout) beans. The jungle behind the water…[Read more]

  • I’m trying it at the moment. I planted a few experimental bean plants a bit early, but now that the rest of the corn crop is getting larger i’ve put a bean seed with each corn plant. I also have a few pumpkin plants spaced through the crop, too, but sadly too late for my wife to carve pumpkins for halloween. But at least we’ll have seeds for next…[Read more]

  • It’s pretty good from an energy grid point of view. The big problem with most renewable energy sources (except for things like high temp solar thermal) is that they’re variable and not the best for baseload supply – unless you have a large smart grid and/or storage to shave the peaks off of demand.

    Even with coal power it will be good, because…[Read more]

  • And if you’re interested in converting a car to electric (since they aren’t really available at the local dealership) have a gander at 😛

    Back on topic: I remember hearing that one of the issues with coal power is that the exhaust is not only horribly polluting, but also quite radioactive too. Is this correct?

  • MileyMoon wrote:
    All I can say is that living near the turbines never caused me or my family any health concerns. We have lived near a main high voltage power line as well. At night you could see the lines spark and flashes as the power travelled along the line. We had quite a lot of problems with headaches and sleep disturbances in this house.

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  • I noticed this afternoon, that one of my blueberry plants has started to sprout a couple of leaves! So i might get some acidic soil fertalizer tomorrow for them. Anyone know of a good companion plant for blueberries?

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