The quality of worm castings is determined by what you want to do with them.
For me, quality is determined by how well the target plants that i wish to feed do with the finished castings.
I am a firm believer in the principle, garbage in, garbage out. So I have continued to increased the quality of inputs as you have described, I got rid of GMO
food, cardboard that have printing on them, and I started growing my own plants to feed the worms.
My choice of plants is comfrey and bananas plant. From my experience worms adore both comfrey and bananas and both of these plants work to
help bacteria to grow and keep both worms and plants happy.
Past this point I looking at leaves that make plants grow, I am using leaves from my bamboo tree as plants grow like crazy from nothing but bamboo leaves that are composted and
fodder crops like Bolivian sunflower plant.
I have been considering alternating layers of dead bamboo leaves with fresh cut up fodder leaves.
The more I make the worms happy, the greater the production levels of plants in my experience.
The biggest problem has been getting accurate information.
The testing results is messed up because it gives false positives.
The reporting is messed up because there is profit for every case the hospital reports they get more federal $$$.
The virus is in multiple strains, and you can get more than one strain.
All my research shows this is a bio weapon, you can transmit this before you get a temperature so being man made you can transmit this without knowing you are sick.
This virus has been shown to kill T cells, and if it does not kill you you can wrap up a BIG hospital bill. It is for that reason I do preventative with vitamin C and d3.
Myself, I don't see a denomination or a building as the "church". I see those that follow Jesus of the bible as the real "church". The early believers would meet in small groups,
perhaps you could start small and work up, have a group of 10 until we get a better picture of what this virus is, and is not.
The choice to wear a mask or not to wear one should be yours, at this point not all agree as to when one should or should not wear one. I do not trust anything the CDC, or WHO says myself, I error on the side of caution and I am a hermit as much as I can be, may be a year or two before we get good answers. In the mean time I will let other be the lab rats against this new bio weapon.
I wear a mask myself, but I don't hold it against anyone if they choose differently.
So I had an idea this morning, now that I have converted this power strip to a wifi power strip I can turn on per plug, I will turn on two of the power strips when battery reaches 70 percent of charge, Then when it reaches 90 percent of charge I will turn on the other two. So I can run lower wattage loads at different power levels of the battery. Each plug has it's own led so I can look at the strip and know state of charge of the battery.
But propane is so cheap now that for a $$ standpoint it does not make sense for $ / time.
The main problem is the generator will wear out quickly and there are many replacement parts. For me being in Florida getting a large bank of solar panels to where I don't have to make charcoal or work on an engine just made far better sense for the time /effort ratio.
However, if we goto war with China and we get our oil supply cut off I will pull this idea off the shelf and put it into motion.
I have focused on building larger lithium battery bank I am now up to 20 KWH of storage right now ( 10 KWH ) online slow getting more online as I figure everything out.
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Lower stress, after researching the virus and listening to too much data I shut off the data so I can clear brain of the craziness that is all around me.
Vitamin C 1,000 mg ( will increase if I feel anything out of the normal )
Vitamin D3 ( gel tablets )
Moringa ( multi vitamin in a tree incorporated into all my bread I make )
Hermit mode on, moving all conversations via phone, keeping space between me and everyone.
Going to grocery, getting taxes done, I wear a mask with thieves essential oil drops in the mask, yes I look stupid, but really looking stupid twice a month does not hurt my feelings much.
I have made 4 gallons of Colloidal Silver, and use it in a vaporizer, and use it with a net pot after I go out. I figure if a virus made into my sinus area it will have a terrible time getting a foot hold after that.
I have started eating more tummeric with my chill to help with anti - inflammatory, and also to gain the other benefits of tummeric.
Rife machine, I have used this with great success before on virus, I have the frequencies need to hit this and would use this as I have experience with this device.
On the back shelf I would plan to breath ozone that has been bubble thru olive oil, to give the virus a very bad day. Ozone would be like the last line of defense.
I have been debating on getting licorice root, but since I have what I consider a good defense I don't believe I need to go overboard anymore.
This virus I do not see going away as it was built too well from good stock. Below is a break down of what we know of the strains of this growing illness.
R Scott wrote:Type of mold matters and whether anyone living there is susceptible to it. ALL lumber and straw have spores on them and will grow whenever the conditions allow.
There is a product called concrobium that is the gold standard that people who are sick from mold and are chemical sensitive use to treat black mold. It is pretty mild on the toxic meter. More toxic than vinegar, less toxic than the mycotoxin some molds release when you spray them with vinegar or bleach.
The product leaves a residue that helps prevent future growth. I would treat the roof as soon as you can, using proper methods and safety gear.
I use the same product here in Florida it works concrobium, I also run 2 dehumidifiers to lower humidity which stops mold in it's tracks. Another method is to kill the mold spores in the air with a treatment of ozone. You must remove the moisture for the treatment to be effective. If you read the ingreadients it is basically baking soda, I add baking soda to my dish washer about 3 tbs per load to help kill the mold in the washer. I find it effective.
When I first came to my yard about 10 years ago I could not find an earth worm when I dug I found only 3 a year. But since I have gone to deep mulch method of gardening I have them all over the place and find them about where ever I dig now.
I have given worm bins but the people who got them did not keep up with them and they all died, oh well it was worth the try to see if it was for them.
I actually grow plants now to feed worms, I grow comfrey that in turns the worms adore as well as my bananas. The more worms around the base of my plants the happier my plants are.
I am a prepper and I watch many many prepper channels on youtube. One thing of interest to me was one account of the early indians that when they would travel following the buffalo they would plant gardens along the trail. They would not be there to tend them but when they would come back there would be food along the trail. This has made me think of what can we plant that we could just plant it and walk away and come back to food.
I am sure if we thought about it if we travel the same route all the time we could plant gardens along the way that would be there for us the next time we take the journey that direction.
I was thinking that if a person was hauling wood out of a certain area, or they were retrieving wood from the woodshed, they could also set up a monorail, or even duel wheeled cart. With the right wheel, it would stay on a rail made up of inexpensive electrical conduit supported by short lengths of 2x6's. I think it would be well worth doing because the coefficient of friction would be so low that a person could more easily push a cart with much bigger loads on such a monorail.
When I worked on the railroad, we put new trucks under the locomotives. We would take a crane and pick up the end of the locomotive, then using a lining bar, pry the truck out from under the locomotive. That truck weighed 35 tons, yet we could bar it forward because of how easy it is to roll something with steel wheels, on steel track.
French gardens had these setup, I remember reading about it in Elliot Coleman's books.
Josh Garbo wrote:I was thinking more about running a relatively large DC water heater (200 -300W) element inside a fairly large wooden oven (lined with tinfoil big enough for a big roasting pan, maybe 3 cubic ft) and line that whole assembly with 2-4 inches of poly-iso foam with a lid. The goal would be to get it to baking temps for breads, etc, but could also be used as a slow cooker for meats/veggies if the temps did not make it that high. You could also let it sit for a while to cook longer.
Yep for that size element you need a very large amount of power but yep could be done.
I like playing with this but very hard for me to beat my bread machine.
Josh Garbo wrote:very interesting - cooking with insulation and 120 watts. implies that most heat used for cooking is basically wasted out the oven door or wood stove top. so you could presumably easily run an insulated oven with a 300W solar panel (direct DC heat resistance) for several hours, given a few hours of sun.
separate question, has anyone run a parabolic solar heater on to some kind of vacuum insulated container like this below? you would have to paint it black of course. I believe radiation heating goes through a vacuum, which is what allows the GoSun solar cookers to be so effective.
What I did was put a silicon heating pad used for 3d printers inside of something like this ( a heat retention pot ) but the pad emitted an odor and was not a good thing. I have since tried a bread machine coil but it did not get warm enough with my 220 watt panel.
I have found it is very very hard to beat an insta pot for energy in and then all computer controlled cooking under pressure.
I pump over 1000 gal of water each sunny day with solar, with hurricane Irma I ran my fridge off it.
I now have have 4 solar system setup, and I have created a wireless battery monitor system for both my 24 V and 12 volt systems so that it auto magically shuts down loads if the voltage drops too low.
My largest system I can run table saw off it, and it runs the lights for my indoor plants. At present I have more solar than I have batteries my plan is to buy an used electric car then dump the excess energy into the car for storage so that I will have portable power.
I have run my bread machine, and insta pot off my system but as of now I only have 5 KWH of battery so yes I have run my AC from this system but not my long term goal.
One of my smaller systems runs an air pump that pumps water into my filtration system it runs on a sunny day 7 - 9 hours.
The other smaller system is used for lights and keeps my phones charged. I like multiple small systems because of redundancy if one fails the other can fill in the gaps.
Having the automation was key for me growing my first bananas this year as now that the system is automatic it just happens and I no longer worry about the battery going low as the safeguards in place keep it all safe.
I watch an older gent on youtube that talked about bug control during the great depression. When the grasshoppers were terrible they would go around and collect them and them grind them and put them in a jar. After this was done they would let the mix ferment for some time then they would spray this brew over their plants. The idea was when the grasshoppers would come they would be ingesting some of the other grasshoppers and would get sick and die because the bacteria would be adapted to their system that grew in the mix.
The use of fungi to kill bugs has been used for some time I believe there is a patent out for some to kill ants.
I have been testing this bread mix for months now that I can consistently get excellent results with this recipe, I made this video to show just how easy it is to make your own bread machine mix that you can grab off the shelf and make bread with ease.
Modified Rye Bread Recipe
In jar / container add then store.
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
4 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon pwd milk
1 tablespoon moringa ( optional but a power house of nutrition )
Then when ready to make bread put into bread machine in this order.