July 3, 2014
I'm very impressed with this effort to run a boat on solar power. Couple of folks just started experimenting by themselves with solar energy and thought they could sail cheaper this way then buying fuel all the time and it actually works. The boat RA has 15 solar panels and half of those are used for propulsion directing energy towards 2 electric motors. The other half goes to appliances inside the boat. Just outstanding! The boat is restricted mostly to the inland waterways and not choppy seas but that shouldn't spoil the fun. It's great to see people following their passion this way and making renewable energy system work by taking matters into their own hands. I take my hat off.
July 2, 2014
June 26, 2014
The strawberry, when treated well a generous plant. Think it was 3 years ago that I bought 4 small plants for €5. Now I have 11 in pots, a couple in the ground and I've given two dozen or so of them away to family, friends and neighbors. The stolons of the plant are remarkably easy to cultivate. Just attach a small pot with good soil under the stolon and wait till the roots are firmly settled, cut the 'umbilical cord' and you have a new plant.
With the amount that I have when it's harvest time I literally have pounds/kilograms of strawberries. The plant does require a bit of maintenance. It needs a lot of fertilizer and water but then it also produces. Put some extra soil in it from time to time or repot the plant, that's also beneficial, plus cut away the dead leaves with a scissor. Once you do that you should be able eat many strawberries. Downside is that the wildlife, birds and insects, also appreciate your hard work. A net can at least keep the birds away. All in all it's a great plant for the garden.
June 25, 2014
Been a while since I wrote something on this blog and that's a shame since I've done tons of garden work and have much to share. In january I started work on my greenhouse with basically 4 poles in the ground which I screwed to another structure from last year where I hoped to guide a lot of (climbing) plants. The latter didn't pan out that well since we had an unusual cold spring in 2013 which resulted in the loss of many heat-loving plants. The greenhouse was supposed to fix that and it sure did. When it's 12-13C outside temperatures indoors reach 18-20C provided there's some sunshine and that's the tipping point for many plants to start working.
In late february I also started with seeding. First I did some Basil in a pot and it worked like a charm. Tomatoes were next and they also sprung into action. In the meantime work progressed on my greenhouse up to the point where it was reasonably closed off from the elements and I cultivated some more seeds therein. Results were just spectacular and right now some tomatoes have grown almost as high as the roof with fruit on the way. Eggplant also works great in the greenhouse. The only drawback with the mild winter was that a lot of snails and slugs seemed to have survived. They do a lot of damage to some plants but there are a number of ways to deal with that.
More garden stuff soon.
June 6, 2014
This one goes out to my cyberstalker and full blown psychopath Justin Templer who seems to have a problem with me exposing one of his personal heroes.
As a final hilarious point Molyneux goes against his own recommendation.