I recently bought an ozone generator. It is supposed to kill mold and spores along with some household pests. The problem is that it requires low temperature and low humidity. I'm only supposed to turn it on while I am now home.It's on a timer, 1 hour on and 1/2 hour off. It also removes odors.
My mistake, I thought you were using a dryer, not line drying. I have "fixed" dryers, that took hours to dry, by just cleaning the duct. Does the spin cycle not get the clothes dry enough or is it just the high humidity in your area. Borax kills mold. Maybe you could start a "wash load" (no clothes) and just stop the wash cycle and let it soak.
I have black mold on some of my walls and I used a mixture of dry wall powder and borax, 2 powder to 1 borax and spread it on the area of the wass and it has effectivly blocked the mold for weeks, so far. I now have to unload shelves to access smaller areas. My problem is that I have no place to put the stuff on the shelves. I have become an expert at putting things off therefore I am a "pro"-crastinator.
Other herbs to stop bleeding include cayenne pepper, turmeric, and black pepper. I have tried both cayenne and turmeric and the results were almost instantaneous. I used turmeric on a cut that doctors would have used stitches. There is not even a scar. I don't have yarrow so I have not tried it. I carry a small container of cayenne in my pocket, good for cuts and good for tacos.
I have been involved in both earth-ship and compressed earth block building and they are both extremely labor intensive and time consuming. I don't expect to ever do either again. Have not done earth-bag, hemp block, or rammed earth. They may or may not be more viable options.
Knew a lady at the Greenville Farmers Market (Greenville, TX) who would buy a bale of old tee shirts and turn them into "T" bags. She would cut out the collar and sleeves to make handles then sew up the bottom of the shirt. If they get dirty they just go in the wash. I've been doing that myself and also turn old jeans into bags. I turn the jeans inside-out and sew across just above the crotch. I then turn them right side out and attach handles using old straps, belts, strips of denim or what ever I have that is handy and free. I then rip the seams on the legs, sew them together, cut them in half, hem the top and attach the handles. I'd post pictures but I don't know how to get them off my phone and onto my computer were I have to search through the black hole where, theoretically, they are stored in some file. I do know how to text pictures if anyone is that curious.
Actually my birthday is today, the 25th. I will be helping Edens CSA farm recover from these latest hard freezes causing several pipes to break. She can handle most breaks but one is in the wall. I do a volunteer work-share at the farm in Balch Springs. I will be farm sitting next week end while she is attending the TOFGA conference. She has had trouble with theft and wants someone there to as a deterrent.
I will try to PM my contact info. It is best not to post personal contact info in public forums. System says it was successfully sent. I can send you a selfie if I get your number. Also you can go to https://www.facebook.com/DFWEcovillage Just scroll through the pictures and look for the oldest person there,usually wearing dark blue cut-offs and a light blue sleeveless shirt. In one picture I am wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie. I'm 5' 10" 188#(just stepped on the scale).
How much help have you had getting all the work done at your place? Did you start working on everything before you "retired"? I have limited space where I live and last years garden was a bust.
Easier to talk more freely on email. I do not use my phone for email, so I have to be on my computer.
Something I wrote about a year after my wife died.
Sounds interesting. I am "retired" and seem to be busier than I planned. With helping on a couple tiny house builds one of which is built on a trailer with SIPs panels. This week end I will be the other side of Greenville, TX near Campbell working on a compressed earth block house. I sold one of my rain water collection systems to my chiropractor.
My experience: aircraft mechanic, fork lift technician, food prep equipment installation/repair, handyman (currently living in a room I added on to my daughter's house), automotive experience (pre-electronics), I can cook from scratch. 69 years old tomorrow, widower, living on social security, car, truck, RV, and 2 trailers paid off. Use credit card online for security and payoff monthly. I live in Rockwall, Texas NE of DFW. PM me for contact information.
If the fan has ball bearings that are pressed on the shaft then orientation does not matter. Roller bearings and bushings are loose on the armature shaft and allow the armature to float between bearings/bushings. A vertical installation will have the armature riding on the end of the bushing/bearing and cause improper wear characteristics. Roller bearings require the shaft to ride on the sides of the rollers not the ends (vertical application). The same applies to bushings. Ball bearings will wear on the surface of the ball regardless of the orientation. Vertical application increases friction and shortens the life of the fan. It may also limit fan efficiency. Maybe you could adapt a bath room exhaust fan to your duct as they are vertically oriented.
I built one once, but was unable to balance the nitrate/nitrite etc. Donated it to someone who wanted to try.
There is a company that teaches aquaponics in Mansfield, TX. First Saturday/Sunday is free to anyone who wishes to attend. They have a large greenhouse set-up. Can't find the link right now. You can PM me if you like.
As long as you are not too slow and the siphon pulls the water out of your bucket. Siphon works both ways. All I've ever done is hold my thumb over the end of the hose to prevent the loss of water and maintain the seal.
I have used re-ground Styrofoam mixed it with ground up paper and Portland cement (or lime). Mix it up and pour into a form and let set. Size depends on your form. Portland sets up quicker that lime, but can still take several days. Light weight panels. The mixture can also be troweled on surfaces like stucco.
I am in the Rockwall area. There are a couple meetup groups in the area. One in Plano and one (I think) in Denton. Try meetup.com and search for permaculture or Purple Moosage me and I will try to find the groups I am familiar with. Oh! here is the one in Plano. https://www.meetup.com/DFW-Permaculture-Sustainability/ Nick was one of the instructors in my PDC course. I get notices usually every week about group meetings, but I have not bookmarked the groups. There may have been meetings in Southlake or Farmers Branch, too.
I watched Justin's vlogs and none of his Cornish Cross chickens keeled over or had bent legs. One was eaten by a snake. He started them off with honey and raw apple cider vinegar in their water and fermented feed along with free ranging. He was very pleased with his success. Don't have a link to his vlog. They're on YouTube.
Maybe you could try the Greenville Farmers Market next spring(or maybe soon if you want to try for a fall harvest. Also Flohas Farms in Ladonia imports seeds from Japan. Can't find the name of the organic farm in Celeste(sp?), but I get a newsletter every week. Rodenta's Garden Center in Dallas. Eden's Organic Garden Center and CSA farm in Balch Springs. Moosage me if you would like for me to try to find links.
P. S. Blossom end rot on yellow squash, dead okra, stunted growth on all tomatos and bermuda grass. Last year was a total failure except for volunteer yellow cherry tomatos in the fall.
I used to joke that I only had one allergy season . . . January through December. I also had life threatening food allergies . . . many raw fruits and vegetables. One bite of banana could give me breathing problems. Allergy testing was rated on a 1 to 4 basis. Most of mine were 4+. Shots were erratic at best and meds only helped with symptoms, sometimes.
Long story short, gave up sugar and grains, began to eat real food(free range meats, organic produce, olive and coconut oils) and healed the gut. Seasonal allergies are rare and I never have to watch what I eat. Took about 3 years and have begun to eat grains, etc. again and will get an occasional "tingle" from certain foods that tells me I SHOULD get back on my strict diet, but . . .
Also do occasional parasite cleanses, diatomaceous earth for intestinal and (green) black walnut hulls combined with wormwood for other parasites. It seems everyone has parasites and the toxic load they provide can be problematic.
I am 67 years old and am on NO prescription meds and may use a nasal antihistamine once or twice a year from a bottle that may be 3 years 'out of date'.
I just noticed the poly panels on the greenhouse and they appear to be the type that is only UV treated on one side. If they are installed wrong they will deteriorate very quickly. I have a friend that did that with his greenhouse and they did not last even half their expected life. I don't know how to tell the difference. Since the instructions were confusing they might not have mentioned that detail.
Widower, 5' 10", 200#, 67,walk a few 5ks from time to time. Hands still have a little black clay from this morning in the back yard. Mobile home on 60 x 120 lot in town. Rockwall, TX. Send me a Purple Moosage if you want more info.
In reference to double edged blades being illegal in Texas. Yes it is illegal to own a double edged knife in Texas and like my double edged letter opener it is up to your District Attorney as to whether it is a letter opener, or garden tool with the Hori Hori. It is legal to buy double edged knifes but illegal to own a double edged knife in Texas. Catch 22. I requested the coupon so I can order my "garden tool".
Just saw this topic today. I am in the Dallas area. It's been a while since you posted an update and I am wondering how it's going. I have been wanting to get some hands-on cob experience. Is your project continuing in 2016?
To stop bleeding: cayenne pepper, turmeric, ground black pepper or slippery elm. I keep small container of cayenne in my pocket. Yes it burns but it is also antiseptic as i turmeric and black pepper. I have used cayenne and turmeric and they both burn depending on the cut/scrape. Have not yet tried black pepper or slippery elm as yet. Cayenne and turmeric stop the bleeding almost instantly. You can't even see the scar from the gash in my head. Would have probably gotten 4 or 5 stitches if I had gone to the ER. Of course I only use organic.
I, too, am curious about all the greens (aka weeds) that are growing in my yard and garden. I can recognize dandelions and most of their apparent seasonal variations. I have tasted some of the other greens, but don't positively know what they are. They taste okay and I have not noticed any ill effects. Is there a "rule of thumb" for safe sampling, should it be a taste or a handful? I am not sure how to look it up in the books I have. There does not seem to be a book says, "if your plant leaves look like this, then go to this chapter".
I am currently establishing connections with 3 groups. Only one currently has land. The one with land is near Greenville, TX. Land owner is vegan and does not want meat animals. I am omnivore. The other two are just forming. The one nearest me has had 3 meetings. The other group will have their first meeting this Saturday In Denton, TX. I am in Rockwall, TX. These two groups may combine or just share ideas. The leader of the first group had taught PDCs I will be introducing the other 2 to permaculture.