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Alternative Power: When the Power Source Fails
blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practicalities and products. Battery failure contributed to the Fukushima disaster. How often do you have to check batteries? How confident may one be of defect-proof batteries within a pack?
DerdriuMarriner, 15 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Two different colours, pink and blue, suggests a pH of about 6.5-7. White hydrangeas do not change colour, so no conclusions about soil can be drawn from white hydrangeas.
frankbeswick, 15 days ago
The Monk Who Went Missing
Shraddda, your response is what I hoped for. Some people would have shrugged and said, "So what!" but you did not. You clearly felt the pain and injustice of the disappearance. How such happenings fit into the great scheme of things is beyond ...
frankbeswick, 15 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Not really, but I see them all the time in the neighborhood. They are among the most popular flowers in the gardens around. The ones with two different colors of blooms are particularly interesting.
Tolovaj, 15 days ago
Mary Jane Flats
I had never heard for Mary Jane but I definitely seen these shoes. They are classics. Thanls for sharing this piece of history with us.
Tolovaj, 15 days ago
Pentamerone, or The Tale of Tales
Thanks, WriterArtist, it's pleasure to see you again. Yes, we are lucky to have such literary treasure preserved, but at the same time we can only guess how many precious works was lost for different reasons. And, if I may add, while fairy tales ...
Tolovaj, 15 days ago
Alternative Power: When the Power Source Fails
Here it can b a a week or more after a hurricane. Keeping the refrigerator going is important. We have natural gas which usually stays on, so cooking is no problem. My battery will serve only my refrigerator, and it has restrictions against ...
blackspanielgallery, 16 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Blue in acid soils; pink in alkaline/basic soils. Soils become basic above pH 7. Changing pH to basic involve adding lime,but you need 10 time as much lime to move from pH 7 to 8 as you do from pH 6-7. This is because the pH scale increases ...
frankbeswick, 16 days ago
Alternative Power: When the Power Source Fails
Power cuts in the UK are usually through Atlantic storms, the commonest storms on our isle. Usually they are put right quickly. My alternative power is a log burner, torches and candles.
frankbeswick, 16 days ago
Mardi Gras King Cake
Since Mardi Gras season, albeit usually balls not open to the public, are anytime during the Mardi Gras season, the cakes are available during this time. We usually eat about one each week of so. Multiple cakes are quite common, certainly not ...
blackspanielgallery, 16 days ago
Mardi Gras King Cake
blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the cultural information and product lines. You mention that "One thing that traditionally appears every January 6, and ends on Mardi Gras, is the King Cake." Would the King Cake be bought just once or a number ...
DerdriuMarriner, 16 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
WriterArtist, Thank you for the practical information and product lines. Your potted hydrangea appears healthy, upright and v-e-r-y green. Did you start it from cutting, sapling or seed? Nails put iron oxide into the soil for a more acidic pH ...
DerdriuMarriner, 16 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
One thing people do here is to bury nails if they wish the color to change. I forget if it is blue or pink that the iron oxide brings out. These tend to grow well in shade, near a house on the northern side. The problem we have is the size ...
blackspanielgallery, 16 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Veronica, you have, if I recall conifers. Do you think that they are draining yur garden of nutrients and affecting the pH of large parts of the garden. You can buy a pH kit from a garden centre.
frankbeswick, 16 days ago
Landscaping Shade Garden with Hydrangeas
Pots seem the right way of growing for you, Shradda. In our area of England there are patches of glacial clay going back to the Ice Age. Some patches are very heavy and others tend to be waterlogged. Some clay soils can be amended by adding ...
frankbeswick, 16 days ago

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