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bio website dnselite.com
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seen Jun 28 '13 at 7:00

I am an English teacher, born in Scotland but I have been living in China since 2006. In my spare time I build websites and write articles about China. I am also a keen travel photographer and contributor to Getty Images stock library.


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comment Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost?
I've found cats pee and poop in my garden, especially on dry turned or raked earth, away. So the faecal contamination will happen anyway. Add to that all the foxes, birds and other wild animals that will be dedicating there and perhaps we are all being just a little prudish.
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answered Is spent cat litter an appropriate source of nitrogen for compost?
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comment Garden Hoses: how safe are they?
I did a google after posting. Apparently the worry is that lead is used to make the pipes. Water that has gone through the hose pipes and been tested came out with lead levels above the safety limits. You're non toxic pipe would have been made without lead.
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comment Garden Hoses: how safe are they?
Also the "Not to be used for drinking water" might refer to the pressure rather than toxins. It might simply mean that the pipe hasn't been designed to match your local plumbing codes and so shouldn't be use to pipe drinking water inside your house.
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comment Garden Hoses: how safe are they?
I imaging the "non-toxic" label is in reference to eating the hose rather than toxins getting into the water. For example what would happen if your dog took a fancy to the hose as a new chew toy.
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comment How do I get rid of this white stuff on my pumpkin leaves?
Would be easier to answer if we could see it. Can you post a photo?
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answered What's a hardy plum tree for prunes?
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answered How do I prune a cherry tree to keep it short?
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answered How can I effectively grow strawberries in my borders without weeds suffocating them?
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answered Paint dumping to kill tree stump, will it affect my nearby arborvitae or raspberries?