I wouldn't imagine any problem from moving them around, in fact I'd think it was good for them. However, if they have been discharged for a year, then they may have suffered serious damage. That depends on how low voltage they have been at/are at now. I would think charging with a car charger is certainly better than nothing, as long as they are in 12 volt banks, in fact a faster charge would probably be better than a slow one. You need to check the voltage now, and monitor it during charge.
What were you growing that only produced 500 euros? -
I know it's very labour intensive, I'm doing it, but I made £1000(UK) of sales in the first year with only about £200 costs. Subsequent years have been gradually improving. I've needed to irrigate quite a bit but my water usage has been less than 100 m3 per year which if bought costs around £150, although my barn roof will collect that amount in a year.
I found baby leaf salads too time-consuming so am not growing them much now.
I have a couple of 'Green Pans' that I've had for a while. I imagine it's some sort of glass-like ceramic enamel that they are coated with, although I have wondered if they are really completely non-toxic! - anyway, they cook great, I love using them, but I think you do have to be very careful not to scratch the coating or they will lose their non-stick properties. Also I try to be careful not to overheat them. I would never use them without oil or liquid as some people say you can.
Charging cellphones is a very small problem, as there are plenty of solar options. The small cheap stand-alone solar chargers are not very good though so I would not recommend those. I live off-grid in the UK and for the last 2 years have been charging 2 cellphones from an old car battery that is permanently hooked to a 4 watt solar charger. You can buy a clip-on cigarette lighter socket to attach to the battery, and car chargers for phones etc for very little money from Ebay or elsewhere. (this charging set -up of mine lives in the corner of a polythene tunnel(hoop) greenhouse to keep it dry.
To charge larger items like your blender, You'll probably need a more powerful solar panel, and probably an inverter to give you mains power from your battery(you may also need more batteries, but I'm not familiar with your blender so cannot advise about that) Once again, inverters can be bought online for a minimal amount of cash.
Whatever, you should be able to do those things easily within your budget.
Refrigeration is a more difficult problem so I'll leave someone else to hopefully contribute there.
Good luck, and I'm sure you'll enjoy your land.
I would put them above the cardboard without a slit, maybe with a little compost on first, then cover with as much manure/compost/mulch as you can. I don't see much/any risk from e-coli as the spuds are going to be cooked before being eaten anyway. Scab should not be a problem as your mulch is likely to be slightly acid. I would never add any lime to mulch or soil for growing potatoes.
Some I've tried in the past really didn't grow at all. Things may be different in the US (I'm in the UK) but I think ones that sold as 'new potatoes' are probably not treated with sprout suppressant, but I decided that any 'old or maincrop' ones bought in the spring probably have. You should be ok with organic ones anyway
I always grow some of my own saved ones now and they generally do better than the bought 'seed potatoes' in fact I've often found that certified seed potatoes have evidence of disease on them including blight !!
It sounds like a great idea, and if they can make it work then I'm impressed. However, I'd be very surprised if it can really be financially viable as it must be vastly more expensive than building a standard road. I'd think that solar roofs are much more practical.
Hmm, yes. Interesting idea. Mind you, that sort of timber you could split with a flint axe no problem. There's been other weird and wonderful axes tried from time-to-time and you'd have to buy them and try for yourself to know if they are any real advantage.
I wouldn't mind testing it out to see, but not spending vast amounts of cash without first using one for an hour
Can't be sure, but I'd guess at Lonicera japonica, Japanese honeysuckle.
The leaves a very variable, change shape and appearance at different stages of growth. If you google it you'll at first say"nah, it's nothing like that", but keep looking and you'll find some pics that look similar.
Yep, it loves rich soil and growing under mulch so will do well with the cow manure you're feeding it - it doesn't like too much root disturbance so keep hand pulling, vigorous raking or harrowing. Will only spread if the runner-like stems contact the soil and are able to root, so yank 'em up before they can. Alternatively close mowing should do it too.
Hi Sam, thanks for your reply. I've only recently started trying to apply permaculture principles on my market garden. I use raised beds, mulching and minimal tillage where I can. I usually grow things in small blocks and mix different types of plants around the garden, I find that can work quite well with creating a succession of quick maturing crops. Oh, and I'm also planting trees for shelter as my site is very exposed.
I'm on here looking for ideas about how to make permaculture work on a commercial scale.
Hi guys, I'm Oliver (or Oli) from England
I have a few acres that I work as an organic market garden.
I've been interested to find out more about permaculture for a while and when I came across this site I was excited to see all the information here.
It's great to find so many people with similar views to mine, about the world, food and nature.
I look forward to learning more about you and permaculture.