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I have a Fiskars steel shovel like in the picture above, definitely one of my most used tools.

Everything's lookin good!
 
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Thanks Steve.  I'm hoping someone will have mercy on my corn, squash and tomatoes which survived one watering a week....I definitely believe I'll have at least 7 honey locust trees and some sunchokes which survive the winter!
 
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Ant Post 005

Life in Ant Village.... there's more going on here than meets the eye...this a very small compost pile from an organic source  -free (sort of...transportation costs not included)!

...a ground squirrel is getting fat on those little pieces which didn't get compost tea put on them.....very fat -don't think the rubber boa snake can get its mouth around him yet.

...and here's Ben's cooking stove which I will rebuild. Why? Notice the flames jetting out around the pan?  Before I put the pan on, the flame is only 2/3rd's up the vertical part of the L, after the pan is over the opening, the flame jets upward  -BUT IS STILL BLACK WITH SOOT.  This means the pan tries to form the J of a true rocket stove but fails to burn cleanly. The first 90 in the J is equal to the entire L, the second 90 in the J is superior to the pan over the opening because the J tube doesn't leak around a pan, it has to burn around a solid 90. The L stove burns more wood than a rocket cook stove with a J instead of the L....Here are the things I'll do when I rebuild it:
-I'll raise the whole cook stove J tube so the top of the J tube is at solar plexus height;
-this will mean the feed tube will be at about crotch height ( I won't have to crouch to feed the fire);
-I'll reduce the aperture down to five to six inches, this will reduce the amount of wood the current stove will use in addition to burning less wood than the L tube because it is a J tube which burns more efficiently.

My mid-day potato won't be burnt either like the L tube's mid-day potato is right now....I can close up both the top and the bottom of a J tube and the heat in the J tube alone will cook a potato where as the L tube looses too much heat because the vertical part of the L is so much larger than the short part of the L where the potato currently has to be cooked....more heat is lost up the very high L and the potato is much closer to incoming very cool air. For this reason, I have no choice but to put the potato in while there is still a little flame left on the wood ....even then a larger potato will not cook all the way through in the L tube like it would in a rocket stove J tube.
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I looked at my plants and wanted to see how Allerton Abbey plants were doing
I looked at my plants and wanted to see how Allerton Abbey plants were doing
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looks like a year or two head start make a big difference on soil fertility
looks like a year or two head start make a big difference on soil fertility
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one of my solutions to soil fertility On Narrow Pond
one of my solutions to soil fertility On Narrow Pond
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flames going into a partial jet mode instead of a full complete jet mode burn
flames going into a partial jet mode instead of a full complete jet mode burn
 
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Ant Post 006

Finished my rock cistern today!  Yep, you got it...those pics are for those who sent support for On Narrow Pond.  Here are some nice pics for the rest of you.

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Fred found these after I showed him where the apricots where in Ant Village
Fred found these after I showed him where the apricots where in Ant Village
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can you see the bird?
can you see the bird?
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yep, somebody planted two lines of apricots nice and neat -and they grew!
yep, somebody planted two lines of apricots nice and neat -and they grew!
 
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Orin, your cistern is quite lovely!!  (sorry to all that can't see it, but trust me....it's nice)
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