We get a good number of people like this in my 3D printing group. The trouble gets worse when a couple of very dedicated people start making fake accounts and harassing people. The internet can be both an enlightening and needlessly cruel place.
Melonie Corder wrote:I'm not new to foraging wilds but am new to backyard cultivating. Oyster's are pretty simple and grow in most hardwoods. For my permaculture beds I'm trying some wine caps, there are many discussions on this forum if you search. About to try some lions mane. Chicken of the woods will grow on fir, if you have any leftovers I'd try to make a slurry and pour on an old stump.
Welcome to the dark, damp side :)
Leftovers are long gone, but I'll remember that for next time! We don't have any fir (I think we have a spruce, in MD), but I can ask around for some. I've already got the bug out for a 1 ft diam oak log. I do like the thought of pouring mushroom slurry on old stumps, we have a couple....2 cedar and 2 black walnut if anything grows on those. I will have to check around!
Will definitely dive into the posts here, need to do my due diligence :)
My wife found a nice spot of hen of the woods mushrooms this past year, and I've kind of gotten bit by the bug and want to learn more about mushrooms. Right now I'm trying to learn more about growing mushrooms in the back yard as we have a small grove of black walnuts where nothing but grass will grow under them. I figured maybe starting a mushroom log there would be a good start. Does anyone have advice on back yard mushroom growing? Things they recommend trying? I don't mind things that will take a few years to pay off, just getting my toes wet in something new.
Thomas - Any reading suggestions on reading for batchboxes? I'm all for being able to be next to it.
Trace - My door faces east, but my big problem would be having the contents of the room visible from the street. I have a window on the south side I'm considering trying to pull some kind of solar setup through, but my wife might be trying to plant a cutting garden bed there, so I may not get dibs.
I love RMH's, but I'm loathe to give up too much floor space in my shop. If there's a good compromise there, I'm all for it. Right now I'm leaning towards a wood burning stove as there are woods not too far away and I can harvest some when I go on hikes (downed by storms, at least).
The plastic on the doors is a great plan. If I plan to only move the middle 2 doors, I should be able to hang a nice continuous piece on each side. I could even just hang 2 sheets from the frame above the doors to the floor, and pin back the opening when needed. Appreciate the idea!
Will also look into portable propane, there are some sales going on.
That makes a lot of sense. The walls on 2 sides are cinder block, and the back wall is stone. Above that is metal roof on wood framing. I think the roof portions should be easy to insulate, and I'm guessing the cinderblock walls will need some kind of framing to hold insulation to. There are also windows on those walls, so I'll need to extend the window frame.
The hardest part (at least in my mind) is the barn doors. I'll need some kind of flexible flaps to overlap the doors, and perhaps the same for the inch or two they hang off the ground.
I'll look into designing in some kind of wood stove to my layout
PS - ideally I won't be covering the back (stone) wall in anything as I really like how it looks. May have to sacrifice efficiency for aesthetics there, but I'll take it!
My wife and I moved onto a historic 2 acre lot with a house from somewhere between 1870 and 1900 (records building burned down) and four outbuildings. One of those is a standalone garage with barn doors and a metal roof. The plan right now is to turn this into a workshop, but as winter is fast approaching the weather will soon be a bit cold for the unheated building. Does anyone have any recommendations for short term and long term heating solutions? I would like to be able to work on converting the building during the cold months and have it ready to go for spring, and if possible I'd also like to plan what kind of heating I need to have out there long term.
Right now there is no power running to the garage, but there's an old conduit with a cut off wire in it that I'm hopeful is still in tact so I can use it to pull new line through. Still need to find where it starts from in the house.
Any advice on the heating issue or setting up a new shop are welcome :)
I do enjoy having my 3D printer as it allows me to print replacement parts or customized pieces for other objects. It's almost always cheaper to design and make a part myself as opposed to buying replacement pieces.
Food grade screw top buckets are also really convenient. We could keep flour in their paper bags, but with the buckets on hand we can store more in the basement and stock up in case of another run on staple goods. We also have buckets for sugar and rice.
+1 to vacuum sealer, those things are very useful.
Flea markets. If you want to up your game, look around online for makers marks (or whatever those stamped symbols are called). You can find a lot of old tools with those on them and use it to identify good steel and other qualities that many people won't know to look for.
The gate was originally slapped on by the previous owner and set to open into a hill (in other words, it opened 8 inches and then hit earth). I took the door off, removed the hinges, flipped to the other side, added some wood so the hinges would fit, and swapped out all of the screws for better ones. Some of the attached metal fence (to keep a dog from pushing through) needed to be stapled down as well, easy with supplies on hand. Took about 45 minutes and now the door opens towards down-hill and I can drive my tractor through. Major score for future work flow :)
I'm not sure I could have gone much faster, I was racing the sun and don't have anything in the way of task lighting in my arsenal yet.
If you're not roasting sweet potatoes in the oven, you're not living! Another fun twist is to toss the sweet potato pieces in corn starch (then oil and seasonings, salt and pepper alone are fine) and then roast. The corn starch changes the surface texture.
We also use russet potatoes for both roasting and mashed potatoes.
That's really cool. I could see brewing beer in there year round, that would be really convenient so long as I was careful about spilling/cleanliness. Thanks for sharing, going to consider some options
thomas rubino wrote:For a cheese cave I have 3 55 gallon barrels (two would work) welded end to end and buried in the floor of my shop.
The temp at the bottom never drops below freezing and the humidity stays over 50 % .
I have a Styrofoam cooler I raise and lower.
Since I haven't been making cheese I use this to store potatoes! Works great!
I don't want to hijack this thread with a ton of questions on this awesome sounding setup; do you have a thread on this? I'm really interested in hearing more about it.
Overalls are not pants, so they're ok. I think there should even be tax breaks for people who wear them. How many hoity-toity high-fallutin' people have you ever seen wear them? Just salt of the earth type people in my experience.
I've never hand carved a spoon, so these don't really count. I designed it in CAD and then milled them from a maple board. They went out with small jars of honey with chilis in them as Christmas gifts. Someday I'll try carving one from wood, I'd really like to try working with Osage (hedge apple).
I don't know what the optimal conditions are for cheese, but if you're only concerned with temperature (and not humidity), you could put the fridge on a temperature controller. Beer brewers use old fridges and a AC outlet controller to turn on the fridge when it gets too warm inside, and a string of christmas lights (also hooked into the controller) when the temperature gets too low. An option, at least.
I would think that the fridge, without any assistance, would give protection from temperature swings, but would not prevent the contents from freezing over an extended period of cold.
We have 15 chickens and will be adding rabbits in the spring. We've talked about goats or a miniature dairy cow (didn't know that was a thing until more recently), only have 2 acres (a squeeze for larger animals).
Missing out on a whole avenue of oppression: snack of the month! Every vending machine will be required to feature the snack of (my) choice! Brands will be forced to run sales on the snack during that month, and all will revel in my selection.
January will be dessert hand pies, to be eaten either at room temperature, or microwaved. Dealer's choice.
Not sure if this is popular with this community, but when we moved into our new home they bleached the well to knock out the coliform bacteria issue. We also have an in-line UV treatment thing, and so long as that never turns off we should be ok. Options for Kyle, maybe?
In the first image the floor is staring to go in place. Each piece of plywood has a layer of tar paper attached to the bottom, and then is fitted in place. Because of the non-square angling, each piece was a bit fiddly. I learned a lot about cutting plywood really fast, and between the first cut (horrible edges) to the last one (square, clean, and happy) I picked up a lot of lessons. For me those were: the circular saw blade should be 1/8" deeper than the thickness of the plywood, cut the plywood while it's backed up (on top of) another board (used a 2x6 as a cutting board for everything after that), and go slow. More teeth on the saw blade would have helped as well, but use what you've got.
After the floor went in, the rotten part of the roof was addressed as well as the rotten rafter. Some of the roof beams were screwed back down (they were lifting away), the rafter was sistered with a pair of 2x4's, and the hole was patched with first tar paper and then a sheet of galvanized steel (what Lowe's had, slim pickings). After clearing off part of the roof, it was looking pretty decent.
The rafters went in easily, just cut, drill, and add a ton of the longest bolts/screws I have. I hung from it and it didn't budge; next hurdle will be snow. If you follow through the photos you can also see the completed floor. It rained hard the day after the roof was patched, and a bit of plastic and tar paper caught the back splash from the dirt.
Next up is to close in the back wall, add a support to the right of the hole (where the last jack was) to tie back into the floor, mount the door and close the rest of the holes.