Mike Haasl wrote:I don't use lights but if I did, I'd have them come on early and turn off before dusk so that the birds can find their way to the roost without the sun setting in an instant on them.
Trace Oswald wrote:
Nancy Reading wrote:I'm really glad you started this topic Andy.
I've had a quick look and can't find much information about how people go about innoculating their biochar. I think my soil (compacted acidic silty loam constantly rain washed) could really benefit from biochar, but how to go about creating that nutrient rich starting point is a bit of a mystery. I have to admit, i was going to just mix it in some compost and hope magic happens! Hopefully some people with experience of actually using it can contribute some more information.
That's exactly how I do it. I mix it in as I'm making my compost, and let it happen naturally. Do remember that when you make compost, your greens and browns will shrink a great deal, and your charcoal won't, so you can mix in less charcoal than you might think to get a 10% or whatever ratio in the end product. I also mix charcoal in with my deep litter in my chicken coop and hoop house. It helps tremendously with absorbing smells and moisture, and when I remove it in a year or so, it gets added to my garden that way.
C. Letellier wrote:
Now one other catch on this is that you can warm the walls of the basement up nicely but making a real change in floor temperature is nearly impossible. I had counted on being able to warm both the walls and floor up to be my thermal "battery". The walls warm up nicely as expected. But even having gotten my intake down to a strip 1 inch high and 12 feet long I can't get the floor to change temperature much. 1 inch off the floor the temperature was 76 degrees but put the sensor down on the floor and it was 60 degrees this fall even after weeks of the basement climbing into the mid 70's every day for weeks. After a bunch of study I see it is a combination of stratification and boundary layer protecting it. Either I need to put heat under the floor or I need to physically scrub the air flow across it to see real change.
Derek Dendro wrote:
So when you see a flier, with a picture of a tree, in a public place, like a farmers market, that says on a certain date there will be a fruit tree planting party at a local farm, you are invited to join, bring a potluck, musical instrument, or whatever you want to contribute.
Your first thoughts are, am I allowed to leave freely? Am I going to be raped or murdered? Is there good cell phone reception and road access?
Ok.... we will keep that in mind when creating our fliers and advertisements..
George Yacus wrote:
By the way, can anyone out there in permie land recommend a better work glove? I learned the past week that gloves are the most important tool for treecycling Christmas trees into ornaments for many reasons:
1)They prevented me from getting scratched up by the branches when hauling the tree or lopping up boughs.
2)They kept my hands warm and dexterous in the cold.
3)They prevented blisters when using the loppers, pruning shears, and saw.
4)They provided extra blade safety when carving with the hatchet or sawing.
5)They cushioned the palm of my hand when using the hatchet and the gimlets.
6)They helped prevent burning my hands when burndoodling (which is my less-skilled version of pyrography.)
Trace Oswald wrote:
The windows have never been used for anything. I got them from a glass company. They can't cut tempered and apparently it isn't cost effective for them to do anything with them, so they give them away. I could have gotten truckloads of them, in any thickness up to about an inch, in pretty much any dimension.