I have a short video that shows how easy it would be. http://goo.gl/SUlc0t super easy, with a cordless drill or impact driver, it takes about 25 mintues with practice. if no one can help, Ill have to drive the 400 miles for this little job.
I have put it on craigslist but preference would be to use a permie. If I am breaking all the rules, let me know. I love Missoula, I was there a couple years ago for the convergence, its just a bit of a drive from Post Falls for such a small job.
I would rather go green and burning less fuel by outsourcing to someone with some mechanical inclination who is far closer.
I just picked up a broken treadmill for the motor, i think its 90. if i remove the rear tire, get a belt to run inside the rim and run the motor, what sort of electronics would I need ot charge some batteries?
Good to see lots of familiar faces and some new ones too. Hope to see lots of your spaces in the coming year as I travel about. I hope to have lots of video uploaded soon from the convergence. Missed seeing Paul this year.
Can't you simply create a new season or title for your podcasts before they start falling off and make an audio reference to this feature when you are at the end of each season? maybe apple would get mad, i dont know, but i thought of this and seems like it should work.
I was hoping to find a non smoking place to sleep on the cheap. I hear it gets mighty cold in your town in november, to cold for me to tent camp in fact.
I plan on carpooling over and may have a few others interested in a place to stay at a good price. I would prefer to do a bit of work trade, Splitting some firewood? I make a mean cup of joe in my aero press, which I will bring to be certain.
I have been doing some research and no doubt service availability will be a huge deciding factor as they run on sprint towers. These guys are 100x more transparent about what they do and how they work. That I like.
So the new neighbors just moved in to find a nice 18' plus white birch blown over with the roots poking up a bit in the middle of the overgrown back lawn.
He rescued it by standing it up and placing some large rocks around the base. It's still rather droopy and I'd like to help it not die as its a beautiful tree! He is renting so I don't know how the landlords would feel about replacing it with a fruiting tree, so that's that. I offered to bring over some stakes and pole poUnder to hold till the roots get as strong as they should be.
My other though is trimming it back and maybe feeding some vitamin b12 or asprin- homemade rooting hormone juice.
Once people are convinced permaculture is awesome, what do you advocate people do with leftover bottles of toxic lawn weed sprays and such? If I throw it in the trash it will wind up back in the soil, if I burn it, it will be in the air, if I give it away to someone I can not convince to go organic, I am enabling putting more poison into the soil/water table but at the same time am I preventing more money entering the chemical companies pockets?
I heard someone talking about using this stuff for a rocket stove. thinking of getting some more from the muffler shop. I got a few bits of 4", I think 3" and less is more common, but the walls are much thicker, thinking it might hold up better to the high heats as that's what it is designed for. It welds very well, and I have a basic wirefeed welder.
The way I see it, the alternative is it gets sent somewhere far off to get melted down for scrap, using more energy before it can be used for something else.
reconfiguring it would be a bit harder as it would need to be welded, but it could be tacked in a couple spots for testing.
would 4" be big enough for a heat riser if I were using a 55 gallon drum?
Kevin MacBearach wrote:First time posting here. I live close to Portland and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good nursery that carries many of these trees and shrubs, or any that carry edible plants native to the area?
burnt ridge isnt too far, I get their catalog and they have soooo many food plants/trees.
I observed the grass in my lawn was much less dead and more green next to the clover. Grass likes N so by my observations it does help and would chop and drop so it is composting back into your soils as well as root pruning the good stuff.
"The dandelion, which has saved peoples from starvation, is a three-tiered food..." and "Raw dandelion greens...have an abundant 14,000 international units of Vitamin A per 100 grams, plus .19 milligrams of thiamine, .26 mg. riboflavin, and 35 jmg. of the vital ascorbic acid." "This same portion of edible greens is further enriched with 198 milligrams of calcium, 76 mg. of sodium and 397 mg. of potassium." (I remember reading somewhere that the blooms are high in lithium also).
My friends, plants with these qualities should be given free reign to grow anywhere! Why are we frantically throwing them in the garbage whilst running to the health food store for vitamin A, ascorbic acid, calcium, lithium and potassium supplements? I guess it is the same reason that we fight for a parking place nearest to the door...of the gym. If we pay for something, it must be more valuable than the same thing when it is freely available.Clover
This article is about appreciating many different weeds. What if many weeds that fill our yards and fields are really excellent food items or cures for cancer or other maladies?
Tyler Ludens wrote:I don't personally believe in "pests" and have never had problems except when plants were stressed by poor growing conditions. Mulch helps moderate soil temperature and moisture, so should help prevent stress to plants. I have tons of critters in my garden, but no "pests."
LOL, Let me rephrase that, "Do certain mulches encourage to many of certain little hungry friends to hang out?"
I agree, on not having pests... we are looking at the logistics of getting some chickens for the Community Garden, it is next to a hiway, with out a fence, and no one living on site.
I had mentioned the concept of mulching with wood chips to a group of folks planing on this years community garden, and the point was brought up that wood chips would be a potental egg laying area and place for problem bugs to hide and plastic sheet mulch was a better alternative.
I do not like the idea of plastics in my garden anywhere aside from hoses.
Could you help me come up with the pros and cons of each as well as any experience you might have with either method?
Surplus Engineering is all about taking things that are already manufactured (surplus), and engineering them into something useful. Ideas for projects and sources for materials are encouraged to be shared!
hope its ok to post it here, I've heard paul mention reddit and I guess he talked me into it. (I've found it's much cooler after you remove some the default subreddits by setting up an account in 5 seconds.)
here's another thought, wood chips would create more edge for life right? I mean how much life do you have in hard packed gravel. sure it might get rutted if heavy trucks drove on it, but if its free and deep and often added to it, i can see it being a home for all kinds of good soil life, maybe even growing things along side it....
deviation from the norm here - what if you didn't even really have a driveway, just wood chip mulch all over the place you drove on, and took different paths as ruts wore into it?
So when I get some land, I was thinking of using wood chips rather than gravel for a long flat driveway. Looking for feedback so Ill start.
Usually you get lots of greens in along with the chips as the local guys trim to keep powerlines safe.
Pro - can be had for free in many areas, just by knowing who to talk to
- could be a way to get it to break down faster to use as a mulch.
- improve soil compared to gravel
- easier to spread and fill pot holes
Con - wouldn't pack and hold together like gravel
- might be bumpy?
- 2wd vehicle get stuck in snow/ice more so than gravel
- snow plows would make a mess of it
from the looks of things at my warehouse, wildblue is getting ready to launch their 12mb service soon. we just got many pallets of the dishes in, but I guess we have to use up the old ones first. I work for a company that handles wildblue home service orders in the inland northwest, and I get to some remote areas of Idaho!
thoughts on pedal to petal and similar business models? the ICE on the road can be a bear in north idaho and other areas I am sure. Id like to take some parts of the way they do things and perhaps add egg delivery and could the food scraps possibly be all the supplemental feed the chickens would need?
something to consider, I toured a strawbale home in spokane, very well designed, where the walk in pantry did not have heating to it and had something very simple, a window. this window could be opened to keep things cool. I understand this wouldnt keep milk from spoiling most of the year, but I loved the usefulness of the room being well designed.