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Re: GSBN:SB- Algae control

Hi Chris,

this is something that I have seen put into great effect over here and yes by golly it does seem to
work, and it is being recommended by our Environment Agency!  Apparently Barley straw is the best.
Barley pellets are a newer version of the same idea, and will generally start working faster. Barley
straw needs several weeks before it starts working, and only after it starts to 'rot' in the water.
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.green-ways.co.uk/information.htm";>http://www.green-ways.co.uk/information.htm</a>

<a  target="_blank" href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/3813079.stm";>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/nottinghamshire/3813079.stm</a>

bale on
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/";>http://www.strawbale-building.co.uk/</a>
----- Original Message -----
From: "chris newton" chris@...
To: "GSBN" GSBN@...
Sent: Sunday, December 12, 2004 9:37 AM
Subject: Re: GSBN:Nouveau Myth in the making...?

Hi Andr?

I was talking to a farmer in Queensland, Australia the other day. He said
that farmers throw a bale of straw into dams that are effected by algae and
this gets rid of the algae? I am now on the look out for a dam effected by
algae so I can give it a try.

Regards Chris Newton

> Anyway, this book is not the Myth that the title refers to.
> On the trade fair I spoke to a knowingly gentleman that sells ecological
> products to treat wood against termites and other wood eating critters. He
> claims that it is common knowledge amongst elder farmers that these
> insects do
> not attack the wood of the sheds where straw is (or was!) stored. The
> buildings
> just next to it are eaten, but not the straw storage sheds.
> He even claims that this knowledge is used to date buildings. But I did
> not
> quite understand how.
> He thinks some gas must be comming out of the (dry!) straw that treats the
> wood.
> He also informed me that Borax kills the termites by killing the germs in
> their
> stomachs and that Borax 'extinguishes' fire because it releases water
> molecules
> when heated.
> All comments are welcome.
> Au revoir,
> Andr?
> La Maison en Paille
> www.lamaisonenpaille.com
> PS. our website has had its 'spring' cleaning, feel welcome to browse
> arround.