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I have just spent a couple of hours at the table, whilst 'she who must' is out at Pilates, stripping some heavy-ish copper wire out of the plastic jacket. With a Stanley knife, it becomes a simple a task as peeling off layers of sunburned skin ! As satisfying too !

So, in a couple of hours, I stripped off about 50 metres plus, of good gauge shiny copper, into 150mm strips, dropped them into a box, and have started using them as slug deterrent around the brassica plants, and the marigold family in our front garden.

Keeping an eye out for stuff in skips where a house is being renovated, re-wired and modernised can be so rewarding.  Old fashioned plumbing , lengths of piping, replaced windows, are all treasure. I salvages three good sized water tanks capacity of 200 litres each last year, and 600 ltrs of more valuable water is not to be sneezed at !  

Those council boxes for re-cycling bottles are good too ! Fill them with growbag stuff, and they grow very nice well protected carrots, peas, runner beans and wotnot !



  • ginagibbsginagibbs Posts: 756

    Nice one Peat B. I got a water butt off a skip the other day for my allotment and a load of 4 x 2" wood from a building site (with permission of course)that had been stripped out, perfect for making some raised beds. Love a freebie tooimage

    Like the re-cycling box idea, but where will I put all my empty wine bottles lol !!

  • ToadyToady Posts: 56

    I'll never throw away old electrical cable again, I've just bought some copper tape for my Dahlias in pots too, doh!

  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 22,290

    Someone  "recycled" some heavy duty copper wire round here a couple of months ago and plunged three villages into darkness for six hours.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    Hi Ginagibbs,  Empty wine bottles ?   Fill the buggers up again ! They should be ready next year !  

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    Pansy, I really didn't think anyone would notice !  

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  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    Someone at work has tried smearing copper slip around the edge of his patio. Don't know if this works as he is a bit strange anyway, and I try avoiding any conversations with him

  • PassionatePassionate Posts: 225

    Hi Peat B just to say love your sense of humour keep it coming.

  • Peat BPeat B Posts: 441

    Yo !  Pash,  Some would say I don't have a sense of humour, but a chaotic mental disorder !  Thanks anyway.

    She who must and I have just been oop t'lotty and been feeding da boidies with mealworms, wild seeds and a can of John Smiths. The Blackies are getting a bittie aggressive recently, and seeing off the starlings , spuggies and dunnocks, all around our feet as we sip on a flavourable beverage made with hops and the like.  It has JUST started to rain lightly, so we retreated home to a warm hoosie, and the chicken is almost done.  


    GAWD but life is good, when you let it !


  • SupernoodleSupernoodle Posts: 954

    Philippa are you near me?  Im about 10 miles east of Norwich.  thunderstorms, hailstone and power cuts.  Me too.

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