D Nikolls wrote:I haven't used a generator to charge my LiFePO4 battery bank in the 20 months since I got it.. and that is with PWM charge controller in the pacific northwest...
The total system ran me about 20% of the cost of putting in a grid connection..
denise ra wrote:How do these systems work in winter? I'm in Western Oklahoma and everything goes dormant in the winter when it can be pretty cold. Also, what about freezing? I don't think I can just attach a hose to the outside of my wall as I know it will freeze in winter. I'm also planning on not being here sometimes for months at a time, so what happens to reed beds and plants and trees when there's no water coming out of the house? Also, for those of you with dishwashers what are you using for dish soap?
Paula Broadfoot wrote:Well. I have several of the mentioned carts. A 4 wheeled garden cart, the cart with a dump bed, and others....
They all have some advantages, but one of my biggest problems is picking up heavy stuff to get them into the cart!
So, for Mothers' Day, I gifted myself with this: https://www.worx.com/lawn-garden/yard-carts-wheelbarrows/aerocart-wheelbarrow-yard-cart-wg050.html
It looks like it uses leverage points well, and comes with several accessories to assist with picking up and moving heavy awkward items.
They are having sales right now!
I can't give an opinion, since I haven't used it.
Eric Hammond wrote:Mulberries are a weed around here, there are literally hundreds on my property. I cut a lot of mulberry at any point in time. If you cut a 6 inch branch inJuly, it's just going to grow a ton of sprouts. You can't kill these things. Brush hogging over a tree just turns it into a berry bush.
Do not fret about cutting mulberry any time of the year!
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:I do both because at my age, I'm not climbing a tree to get the delicious berries! The bush is more my size. I'm going to plant one [tree shape] in the middle of my chicken yard yet: Producer to consumer, no middleman. A mulberry tree is fine: Birds will go for it big time and I'll be able to get my mulberries from the bushes. Everyone gets served, everyone gets happy.
By the way, some have said that mulberries are OK for Illinois but not Wisconsin: I have 26 of them growing and a few started fruiting in Central WI [zone 4]. Some are white and some are dark red. They grew [like weeds!]from seeds I harvested locally. The white ones are much sweeter but my hubby thinks they look gross:"With the little black dot, they look like grubs, yuk". Well, a few drops of food coloring and he has conquered his dislike. In pies, I put a cover on.
I'll try making cuttings this year: The fruit drops off so easily that most of it can be harvested from the ground. Put down a vinyl tablecloth before you harvest.