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  1. Take up the plastic before mulching with anything. Build the soil, don't cover it. Three layers of brown cardboard out to the drip line of the tree, then loads of manure, seaweed, mushroom compost, woodchip... either in layers or mixed up altogether as you please.
  2. I have two of those steel frames, they are essentially slug-proof tables in my polytunnel and hardening-off area. One came with a free sawmill, I forget what the other one was wrapping.
  3. They really are! Three of them were delivered underneath 4.5 tons of timber from a sawmill. So you just need to buy enough wood for them to be worth building, I suppose. I'm lucky enough to get all sorts delivered at work on brand new blue pallets, and they never get picked up again. So I've been gradually upgrading the various pallets in my woodshed, now there's a matching colour scheme pretty much throughout.
  4. I bloody love long pallets. Edit Question for the pallet aficionados among ye, I came by some great pallets a couple of months ago, made of four x 240cm lengths of 3x3 longways, and four x 80cm-ish 3x3 widthways, with another layer of 2x3 80cm widths for luck. Has this style of pallet got a name?
  5. Delivery for a small fee, eh... I'm looking for wany larch to clad about 90m2 of shed on the west coast of Ireland... too far?
  6. More light... fell and replant with something that let's more light in?
  7. There's a whole pile of stuff I'd spend 2 grand on before getting one of those. I'm sure it's a joy to use, though.
  8. Fair enough, I'll just keep on with the current system. Have to say, I've never used one, I've only ever seen them at my neighbour's house, outside his woodshed, buried to the hilt in some gnarly chunk. I'll continue to give them a miss.
  9. Go at it Fred Dibnah style and light a small fire under it.
  10. There's no such thing as a glass chopping board, and anyone who thinks otherwise deserves blunt knives. Those big glass rectangles you can buy to inexplicably take up a load of prime countertop real estate... pot stands. The mind boggles. The single remaining piece of advice I occasionally give out following a career in kitchens that I'd rather forget is this: stop holding your knife like a mong by wrapping your sweaty palm around the handle as though you're slinging yoghurt, and pinch grip the blade in a thumb and forefinger instead.
  11. Anyone got a recommendation for a decent wood grenade? I have a growing pile of gnarly pieces, sometimes I run the saw over them again and just burn them big, but it seems a waste of time when there's other decent timber to split. But it's also a shame to waste decent firewood. Some of the chunky bits make nice ornaments, anyway.
  12. Quick bit of damage control from the PR rep there... "This is the answer to your question," says the public in one voice. "No, you are all wrong," they are told.
  13. I remembered after sending 1. No and 2. Yes that I actually know a fella (three decades in forestry) recently missing the end of a left finger (I forget which one, I hope it's not important for your research) thanks to a dangerously unleashed chainsaw. I suspect, as so often is the case, that if the chainsaw had been muzzled, then he would still have full digital capability. He has had to switch to using left-handed saws as a result. I once tickled my left thigh with a top handle in a leylandii I was putting some manners on because of a poor work position, a few years ago. I occasionally have to poke the kevlar threads back in through the little hole so I don't look too unprofessional. I suspect that if all trees were lower to the ground, then it would be easier to find a safer work stance, and the risk of thigh ticklage would be minimised.
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    Yep. Replacements or new recruits should come as a 2 or 3, minimum.
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    I save my wood ash from the fireplace in the winter and scatter it about inside the coop in spring and summer months, it helps to keep the parasites and flies down. A good bit of ash goes into their dust bath too. I have a dust bath in an old wheelbarrow in their shed so they can still bathe in bad weather.


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