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Readers' Solutions

Rick Brannan |
Friday, 1st October 2010
Place two 6 x 2in (150 x 50mm) boards cut to the size of the window, front and back. On the back board add a 4 x 2 (100 x 50mm) or another 6 x 2 if depending on the pitch you want. Nail them together with a short 4 x 2 on each end. Next nail on 6 x 2 end pieces flush with the ground. To get the angled piece, just set a 4 x 2 on the ends and draw... more
 
Jane Corrie |
Friday, 1st October 2010
I have tried unsuccessfully to grow carrots for many years. I have struggled with germination at 900 feet in Cumbria when the last frosts are often into June. I have also tried many approaches to trick the pesky carrot fly to no avail.However, finding an abandoned shopping trolley got me thinking: knowing that carrot fly cannot fly higher than... more
 
Patrick Whitefield |
Thursday, 1st July 2010
A fridge uses around a third of the electricity in the average kitchen. Although it doesn’t use much at a time it’s always on. Most things don’t actually need refrigerating, but milk and its substitutes do, and purchased vegetables last much longer when chilled.This simple design for a power-free fridge is much used in Africa. It works on the... more
 
Rachel Vallance |
Thursday, 1st July 2010
A builders bag makes a great growing container. When our neighbours had a loft conversion last year we rescued a builders bag with about 15cm of sand remaining in the bottom from the skip. We topped this up with the contents of the compost bin and a couple of spent grow bags previously used to grow squashes in. The sides are folded down so it’s... more
 
Tracy Chandler |
Saturday, 1st May 2010
The principle of the solar dehydrator is very simple: a box at the bottom heats up the air which then rises and flows through the second box. We bought some wood (having nothing suitable lying around) and some black paint, and a friend donated a sheet of perspex. Two boxes of similar size were then made. Making the Heat Box Holes were drilled in... more
 
Mark Lark |
Monday, 1st March 2010
Our traditional larder style cupboard was totally designed and built from scratch. The walls are built from plasterboard and fully insulated from the inside of the house. This means that the airflow from the two vents (one at the top, one at the bottom), keep it cool. The inside is fully lined with 25mm (1in) granite on the top, bottom, sides and... more
 
Anne Vine |
Monday, 1st March 2010
Choose a pot with a lip that curves out at the top. Turn the pot upside down and smear vaseline all the way around this lip. Sprinkle salt over the vaseline. Turn the pot right way up and plant up as usual (but beware of getting greasy hands if you pick it up by holding the lip!). The salt does not wash away because the lip protects it from rain.... more
 
Jenny Lunnon |
Sunday, 1st November 2009
The Community Action Group project has been experimenting and has produced a fully functioning DIY wormery model for under £15! Using a few plastic boxes, a water butt tap, some old newspaper and a drill you can construct a fantastic wormery to make compost and fertilizer, and reduce your food waste all in one go. All the materials used, including... more
 

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