I have started the cool weather crops directly recently; I did make some simple row covers since it's been so cold. I have a copper band around my garden which keeps slugs greatly reduced. I will start some seedlings in TP tubes soon, and am wondering if anyone has a good 'recipe' for home-made starter soil. Anyone ... anyone? Thank you
With so many harmful effects of introduced plants/species, I wonder at the wisdom of applying beneficial microbes that have been produced on another continent. With the promotion of Baikal EM1 concentrate here on Permies, I am especially concerned that folks who are working so hard to create healthy environments might get a detrimental result; maybe not even right away: introduced species often are not a problem for decades. Check out all the issues re the Great Lakes from species introduced with dumped bilge water. Thanks all.
I really appreciate the efforts toward more sustainable clothing. Natural fiber clothes seem to getting harder to find, and most is of such poor quality when I find it. I am determined to avoid adding microfibers to our waterways: seems like the major sellers of such should be supporting finding a way to launder their clothes without the huge contamination factor. But for me: I would love to learn of your favorite places to buy quality natural fiber clothes.
Johan Thorbecke wrote:Does it need to be passive? If you have one of those drier vents with flaps and a solar powered fan you're good to go. Sun is shining? Ventilation. No sun? No ventilation.
That's an interesting possiblity, but i still want it to kick in at a certain temperature, say 75 F ... do you know of a solar powered fan that does that? Or just start if the sun is shining? Thank you
I've been looking for an automatic (no power required: work on bi-metal principles, or else solar powered) vent opener for my little greenhouse. I've found articles saying which ones are best rated, but then when I look at them on (sorry) Amazon, I find they are, in fact, not that well rated. Do any of you have recommendations for ones that do what they say and are long lived?
This year I will finish (cut and attach covering) my 4x8 greenhouse so hopefully I will lose fewer starts due to big temperature swings. I intend to use the greenhouse for starting only and remove the cover early summer so the dual layer plastic lasts for a few decades rather than just one or 2.
Add a few more varieties of edibles.
Plant willow starts in several places from cuttings from the neighbors (Thank you Darron).
Build a large wood and brush pile for small birds to increase habitat. I have 10 acres of former, long time pastureland in a valley of (mostly) former pasture.