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Annie Collins

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April Pankratz wrote:Um does my profile say I'm in Thailand for some reason?😂 I'm in NE Oregon.

LOL!! I have no idea where my brain has ventured to today - some type of foggy place, for sure! Apologies for my useless post; your knowledge far exceeds mine in these things.
All best with your terracing project!

April Pankratz wrote:
Yep the board method is what we're thinking on since we can put in posts, although I was thinking of using T posts for substantial depth or if we need to maybe go two boards high.

I don't know how t-posts are in Thailand, but I can tell you from experience that in the US, they are rather bendable. More than I would like, that's for sure.
10 hours ago
AnnaLea, there happens to be another current thread talking about hydrolic ram pumps.
1 day ago
Nice job on the making of the snake! As far as using rice, we have been doing so for years and have never had a mouse be interested in having any. They come for all kinds of other things in our house, and can easily fit right under one of the doors a snake is in front of if they wanted to, but have never been interested in the rice.
1 day ago
Oh wow, what a beautiful RMH, Mark! I love the aesthetics of it! I appreciate, too, your details on the experience of the build. It's confirming my plan on buying plans from Matt ( for my first RMH build. I think it will give me the guidance and confidence for a first build.
2 days ago

Em Bracken wrote:Some considerations that haven't been mentioned yet;

  • Vacuum sealing creates a lot of waste plastic that mostly gets thrown away after a single use

  • Indeed, vacuum sealing the way it is typically shown with the plastic, etc., does cause a lot of waste. It's the reason I never got going with it. HOWEVER... BUT ... then I discovered another way to vacuum seal. Ooooh, I was rather excited about it. So much so, that I went straight onto eBay to go find what I needed for the system. I got everything used, of course (love recycling!), and in great shape. Now I can reuse all kinds of glass jars and vacuum seal my dried herbs, spices, beans, rice, you name it! Such a great system! And besides the initial investment of plastics (canisters and machine), the rest is all about recycling glass jars of all sizes and putting them to great use!
    3 days ago
    Not the same as your situation, but I have a few hundred pounds of pea seeds stored in galvanized garbage cans in my basement because I have a small microgreens business and got a good $/lb. price on the peas. I put them down there about 4 years ago and added some food-grade diatomaceous earth. The basement is a bit damp, but keeps a pretty even temperature. I open the lid about 1x/month to bring a few pounds upstairs when I run low on the seeds in my grow/seeding room.They are still germinating as well as they did when I first got them, and I have never seen even one insect among them. So while I don't have the same goal or set-up as yours, whatever you decide to do, I would recommend adding DE to your stored goods and just rinse it off before cooking, although that really isn't even necessary. The DE will not only thwart insects, but I think it also helps keep things drier.
    4 days ago
    Collecting rainwater and not dealing with the city water at all would have been my suggestion also. There are various ways to do so, not just by adding gutters to the tunnel. There is a thread on this forum somewhere about various ways to collect rainwater, with pictures. One of them shows  4x4s put into the ground and a metal roof put on at a slant which collects the water plenty. Have it go into IBC totes, and you should be all set. And if you place the totes a bit off the ground, you should get a decent amount of pressure, I would think.
    5 days ago

    Erica Colmenares wrote: Could you describe how you did this? Did you just pour (or spoon?) the DE into the crack, where the subflooring and drywall meet?

    I'm not James, but I imagine that a powder applicator such as is in the picture would work very well for applying DE into nooks and crannies. I use this same type to apply DE (infused with certain essential oils) for all kinds of insect control, including getting into carpenter bee holes in our shed. It's great at spreading the powder beyond the tip of the applicator for the most reach of the DE. I would just be sure to get one that has a little metal ball in it so you can shake apart any clumps that may form.
    1 week ago
    I'm not sure which was the biggest, but there have been quite a few over the years.
    - Using cloth diapers for my children. Most of the diapers I got used and when my children outgrew them, they were passed on to others.
    - We also stopped using paper towels or paper napkins a couple of decades ago.
    - As much as we can, we get food from the bulk section of the grocery store, bringing our own bags. And, of course, bringing our own cloth bags for most any shopping.
    - We have two composting bins -one with red wigglers and one without. A lot goes in those, including papers and cardboard.
    - We use only our own stainless steel water bottles when we go on hikes, etc.
    - When taking our dogs for a walk and picking up after them, I use bags that I fished out of the supermarket's "recycling" container where people bring their used plastic supermarket bags (which I am pretty sure cannot be recycled - so I like to give them one more use before they go in the landfill).
    - And the latest change we made was stopping the use of toilet paper. We use toilet wipes now which I made by cutting up two towels into 5" squares as well as cutting some of those into 2.5" squares, and sewing the edges to stop fraying. The small squares are for females using the toilet. No need to use the big pieces when only needing to wipe some pee drips. The larger wipes are really only for drying since with our new system we also got a hand held sprayer that gets hung on the toilet tank. Awesome system! Next to the toilet we have a small swing-top garbage container where all the used wipes go into. Even the family that stayed for a week over Christmas used the new system (although they didn't have to - I put the toilet paper back out for them so they'd have a choice), and were very impressed. The wipes get kept on top of the toilet tank in a basket the size of which is almost perfect for it all. Here is a picture of our newest change showing everything, including the sprayer hanging on the tank on the left side of the toilet tank.
    - And, oh yes, another very small change we made is to no longer use ear swabs. We use some sort of thin cotton something we have around, instead, to simply dry the ears after showering.
    1 week ago