I bought 45 acres in Texas county with my wife. two seasonal creeks, drilled well (I use a bucket and rope)..raw land. I am absolutely in love with it. Coming from the everglades of Florida originaly I happen to think the humidity level is wonderful. of course I am used to 100% year round.
Rm pumps depend on velocity of the water to work. The faster the water moves, the more/higher you can pump it.
If you have slow water without much head one possible alternative idea I've seen is to use a teeter-totter type pump. This only needs 1-2 feet of head. The water flows into a 'bucket' one one side until it's full and gravity tips the arm down, when one side goes down the water is directed into the other side and starts to fill it, meanwhile the bucket that is down starts to empty. The tipping back and forth drives a standard reciprocating pump to move the water.
The larger the buckets, the more force you get, but the slower it pumps.
It doesn't have the elegance and simplicity of a ram pump, but it does have the advantage of being able to work with very low head and very little flow.
I give this film 10 out of 10 acorns. It is so fun to watch, that I've seen it probably ten times. I really enjoy the commentary, the music, and the subject matter. Miracle farms is amazing, and the polyculture method is smart for any planting size.
I used to do work trade at gaming conventions.
I worked the booth for Steve Jackson Games.
We got paid in product, free entry to the convention, and an inside track into industry parties.
I was a great huckster because I loved the product.
I wanted everyone to play the game I loved.
But I loved it so much that I examined it with a critical eye,always looking for ways it was broken, so it could be improved.
All was well, until the year I realized that Steve wasn't really interested in the game. He made more money with his trading card game, still more with his Dungeons And Dragons parody game,and his personal gaming interest was held by a home brewed game "Lego Pirates".
I gave up on the game and sold my collection of game books(mostly).
Put a paying customer to work. They are already working to get money to pay for the right to be involved in your enterprise. Just don't let on if you actually don't give a shit.
Otherwise, expect to pay dearly for people who are not personally invested to act as if they were.
A side note. Relying on the unreliable to do their part so one can keep a promise could be considered irresponsible or even flaky in and of itself.
Blaming the flake isn't any more comforting to the person you disappointed than the excuse the flake gave you.
Unless you literally never fail to follow through on a commitment, you are a flake to someone.
I actually would hope that one might choose to spend the last hours of a person's life by their bedside instead of giving that big presentation.
I've spent holidays meeting arbitrary deadlines when a carpenter worker quit on me. A foolish choice in retrospect.
I would say that it depends on your season length. For us in zone 8b, we can grow food almost year round. That means we are turning over crops every 2-3 months, which means frequent replanting. It's not worth the effort of having to rake away mulch every time we replant. You can't use a walk-behind seeder in thick mulch, so you have to remove it along the row every time you wanted to seed a crop -- or just plant by hand which is way too slow for us. Also, there's no way for us to hill crops such as potatoes or corn if there's a thick mulch layer on top. Potatoes are considerably more productive if they are hilled by adding soil around the plant as it grows. Also corn has thicker, healthier stalks if it is hilled when plants get about 1-2' tall.
If your growing season is short and you only have one crop per year in a given area, I could see where it could be effective because weeding time and costs could be reduced. We do mulch perennials such as asparagus, blueberries and blackberries and it is very effective because those plants are in the same location every year. But for annual vegetables that move with crop rotations, it's not feasible.
For us it's much easier to use a Wheel Hoe to provide frequent, shallow cultivation for weed control. We can Wheel Hoe our gardens once a week and keep weeds well under control. Using drip irrigation also reduces any weed pressure between rows.
Lakota Myers wrote:Thank you for the info about over-mature grass. My husband separated a calf from his mother and accidentally picked the wrong calf to leave orphaned. This calf had pink eye. It got worse and now it appears the calf is going blind in that eye. Is there any turnaround cure at this point or could it be too late?
One blind eye isn't necessarily a disaster. It will depend on the animal. One of my best cows was blind in one eye, and she still raised calves and produced really well for us for many years.
Unfortunately, my understanding is that the damage to the eye is not reversible, so it is likely too late to do anything now. Good mineralization through free-choice kelp feeding is always a good preventative in the future.