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S Bengi

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Grapes naturally have a huge reservoir of alcohol microbes (yeast),
and cabbage naturally have alot of pickle bacteria,
and it make sense that cucumber naturally have alot of mold microbes.

So once we add water it is going to multiply the pre-exisiting population of microbes. It might be a good idea to use the starter from a cabbage batch to jump-start the cucumber batch.  
1 week ago

1) You could also feed the fish waste directly to poultry or fish
2) Add some water kefir microbes to the fish waste then feed it you poultry/fishes
3) You could feed it to black soldier flies, and then feed those to poultry or other fishes.
4) Add the fish waste to some woodchip/hay/etc and then run poultry thru it to farm bugs and make compost quickly.
5) The fish waste plus some woodchip/hay could be used to warmup a greenhouse as it is composted  
3 weeks ago
Indoor Air Temp = 65F
Floor Temp = 75F
Water Temp in PEX Piping = 100F
Flow Rate, this will control how often the heater cycles, the slower the flow rate is the longer it take for the place to heat up and the longer the cycle, the faster the flow rate and it is faster the system.
1 month ago
Inflation sure has increased the cost of everything, could the below for $100 last you 2weeks?

$12 Ground Beef 5lbs
$12 Tilapia 4lbs
$12 Chicken 15lbs
$5 Eggs 1doz
$3 Dry Beans 2lbs
$2.50 Milk 1/2gallon
$2.50 Cheese 1/2lbs
subtotal = $49

$3 Irish Potatoes 5lbs
$3 Sweet Potatoes 5lbs
$3 Oats
$3 Rice 2lbs
$3 Flour/Fried Dough/Bread-Baked Dough 5lbs
$3 Sugar 3lbs
$3 Pasta/Noodles/Ramen
subtotal = $21

$7 Onion 7lbs
$7 Cabbage 20lbs (and or Kale/Collard/etc)
$7 Chard/Spinach 5lbs
subtotal = $21

$4 Oil half-gallon
$4 Salt/Pepper/Misc
1 month ago
I like the idea of managing my own septic system, drinking water supply, solar-electric, food production, fuel/firewood production and so much more. So the idea of managing my own data storage sounds awesome.

I am however limited in how I will would be able to communicate with distant people without using some type of platform like or twitter or gmail or t-mobile.

Maybe I should also buy DVD and CD and then save them to my local, onsite server. I could always make a backup and keep it offsite. How would I access my data when I am not at home, i would have to buy a static ip address and domain name and point it to my local computer at home and home no-one hacks it and delete everything or use it as a middle man to hack a bank or something, and then I have to prove my innocence to the officials.

I do like this topic alot. Other than file-sharing what sevice would you like to self-host? Maybe a blog too? You could host your own email service, but you would still have to email to others at which point they would then have access to all your content, to sell and data-mine.
1 month ago
I don't like teflon. I recommend filding some other IBC totes to use.
Seeing as how this is under the fungi section, I am going to assume that you are asking if your should mold/fungus covered food/substrate in the soil/compost or if it should be thrown in the septic tank.

My default answer is to put it in the soil/compost. Unless you are doing some type of a breeding program/etc
1 month ago
Can you better define colder, does it mean:
1a) more chill hours
1b) does it have anything to do with late frost killing blossom
1c) humidity
2a) less summer heat
2b) does it have anything to do with water/drought
2c) growing degree day
2d) direct sun vs patial sun.
3) day lenght and bolting of vegetables/etc

I have found that for zone 8 or 7 or 6 or 5 or 4, there is usually a cultivar that will grow in a hotter/colder USDA Zone, its just looking around until it is found and there.
There is also the option of finding a cousin species that can be used for rootstock.

I think that it would be hard to grow Hazelnut in say zone 9, but there are cultivars of apples that will give a good harvent in zone 10.  
1 month ago
This little setup cost about $1,000.

$2,000 Tankless Hot Water Heater/Boiler + Pressure Relief Valve + Expansion Tank
$1,000 Pump+Manifold+Air Eliminator+Fill/Drain
$1,000 Piping for 4-zone (each about 250sqft)
$1,000 4-Thermostat + 4-Actuators
1 month ago
If you were in a arid area I would say don't build any berms/raised bed even if it is only 12inches. If your area is prone to landslide and alot of heavy rains. I might also say that the 12inch berm (made of "sheet mulch") could be dangerous.

All that said assuming that you have a climate similar to me.  I would say that an actual swale would be best, with a 2ft depression that is 3ft wide, with an elevated berm that is similarly sized. But, just your 12inch of sheet mulch that will compost down to 2inch after 3yrs and erode down to 1inch in 5years is better than nothing.
2 months ago