Bryant RedHawk

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Part Nakota, part Irish. The Nakota took over long ago but still lives in two worlds, the European world and the first people's world. He lives on a small (15 + acres) piece of mother earth deep in the woods. Was trained in the cooper's arts as a child, since the family owned a cooperage. He has been a carpenter, and timber wright but love all aspects of farming.He holds a BS in Chemistry and Biology and a MS in Horticulture. Worked for the USDA for 16 years. Then PHD in Microbiology defended. Redhawk and his wife Wolf are setting up to be fully self sustaining, growing all their own foods and collecting rain water. "Soon we will be self sustaining and closer to being off the grid" he said when asked about future plans. They continue their own research both in Agriculture and soils with the hope to make the world more like it used to be, before mankind began screwing up the Earth Mother. This is the only way humankind will survive, we must fix what we have broken.
Arkansas - Zone 7B/8A stoney, sandy loam soil pH 6.5
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I would make sure the shade cloth was also able to provide some insulative value if possible. Where I live it is heat not light that does most of the killing of plants,  reflected heat might need strategic placement of shade material closer to the window more than closer to the plants.

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First thing I would do is try and carefully remove as much of the girdling rope as is safely possible. The tree can survive a rope-ectomy that is done in 1-2 inch cutout, you can space these cutouts around the trunk so only half the bark is damaged. A coating of elmers glue will keep pests out and allow the tree to heal. The trunk should then recover size over a few years.

Redhawk
1 week ago
First thing I would do is try and carefully remove as much of the girdling rope as is safely possible. The tree can survive a rope-ectomy that is done in 1-2 inch cutout, you can space these cutouts around the trunk so only half the bark is damaged. A coating of elmers glue will keep pests out and allow the tree to heal. The trunk should then recover size over a few years.
1 week ago
Mealworms seem to do best at a 73 to 76 f temp range. Over 80f and they seem to slow down.

Redhawk
1 week ago

Marco Banks wrote:

I wish there were some way to calculate how much N has been kept in the system down through the years by faithfully taking a leak in the orchard.  My guess, at this point, is hundreds of pounds of N, with significantly less K and P, although measurable none-the-less.  If the NKP of human urine (as it's been reported) is 11-1-2, there are hundreds of dollars worth of free fertility being added to the garden annually.  



hau kola Marco,
You can have a test done that will tell you the N quanity in the soil, it can be expressed as a protien since these are done by quantifying the amount of ammonia present in the sample.

Redhawk
1 month ago
Yes,  you remove that.
Also, the ball of spagnum is large to allow for longer root formation, just make it as large as is practical.

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1 month ago
Most of the systems we have looked at specify plastic tanks since the fish or crustations are raised in the holding tank. I have also looked at setups that use swimming tanks to raise their product in.

Redhawk
1 month ago
I like many of the suggestions, you might want to browse through my soil series too.

Redhawk
1 month ago

Jason Hernandez wrote:So, what levels of chlorine residuals are harmful to soil? As with everything, "the poison is in the dose;" a lot of toxic materials occur naturally in trace amounts, and only become problematic when the amounts become too high.

As an example, here are some stats from the City of American Canyon, California:

Substance    Units  MRDL  MRDLG  Average  Range               Contaminant Sources
Chlorine       ppm  4.0      4.0          0.68      0.10 – 1.48      Drinking water disinfectant added for treatment

Now, how many of us can translate that into useful information about watering our plants?



4.0 ppm is 1 drop per pint this is std. for pottable standards in the USA. Depending on which microorganisms are present, the harm might start with concentrations around 5.0 ppm for rod bacterium and flagilates along with many of the fungi. Harmful, for me, means any slowing of activity up to deathof the organism. Plants can also be effected by root tip burning, as well as the resultant loss of bacteria and fungal activity levels. Occassional use should not be a problem, but using chlorinated water on a regular basis allows for build up of this contaminant.

Redhawk
1 month ago
hau Robin, I love that you listened to the earth mother. That is how we found our land. We can adapt far more than the land and the four legs and others who live here.

As long as we know what is changing, we can be ready when those changes arrive.

Redhawk
1 month ago