Tim Luden

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wayne stephen wrote:Plan a big project , like swaling a hill or rows of hugel mounds . Ice the 40 cases down and invite some good old boys and girls over . Fork out for some burgers and brats and get some manual labor done. Make sure that the energy expended in the beer making goes forward and lives on.



I don't have that many friends! Besides this isn't a one time thing. He said he constantly has kegs that go stale and cases that get old. Think there would be any benefit/downfall just pouring it on top of compost piles or even just the soil?
8 years ago

Nick Kitchener wrote:Distil it and make whisky.



Between permaculture and aquaponics I don't have any time to learn anything else new. And i'm scared to learn how to make whiskey!
8 years ago
I've seen conflicting thoughts on using beer in/on a compost pile. What do you guys think. I have a good friend who makes and unbenknownst to me wastes a lot of beer. Yesterday he was going to throw away about 40 cases of bottles until I told him I'd find something useful to do with it! What do the permies think should be done with it? And there is way to much to drink!
8 years ago
I've got several hundred gallons of rain water that has got algae and mosquito larvae growing in it and I'd hate to waste it if it could be used. A search of this forum has led me on a goose chase. Can you water anything with it? Fruit trees, vegetables, compost, anything useful?

Thanks
8 years ago
Ryan, if you haven't been there check out Anton's at 16th and Main. Without a doubt the coolest restaurant for permies in kc.
8 years ago
Just north of liberty. If you haven't seen or heard check out the urban farming guys Ryan. They give tours every month and have a pretty impressive operation down in the hood. Aquaponics, raised beds, hugel, critters, they're even using the methane off the tanks and compost piles.
8 years ago

Alder Burns wrote:Any relatively active compost process is an excellent way to break down most organic chemicals, including pesticides. I think the bigger challenge would be how to gather together enough of the stuff to provide a worthwhile volume. I'm thinking of algae. Other aggressive water plants are a lot more bulky and might be easier to gather....



I think one average to smaller pond would produce quite a bit. Think about any time you've been fishing and gotten snagged, how heavy it is to pull up a mess and hope your bait is still there after getting the mess off the hook.
8 years ago
I was thinking about this when I was driving around the countryside today and at the number of ponds nearby I thought if all of the stuff that accumulates in ponds is not harmful to compost piles it would be not only a good source of nitrogen but also moisture for the piles of leaves and cardboard. Not to mention I bet some people would even be willing to pay for the removal. Which is the tenant of permaculture right? Knocking out 2-3 birds with one stone? My only question for you is; what would be the negatives, the things I'm not thinking of?
8 years ago
After reading your post I walked out to try something a few minutes ago. I had my wood chipper out today using the side leaf mulcher for the mountain of leaves that are accumulating and found that if I tear the cardboard into 6" wide long sections it shreds them like a champ.
9 years ago

LaLena MaeRee wrote:Make sure any manure, compost, composted manure, or hay/straw/mulch brought in is free of Clopyralid It is recently spreading all across the US, and wiping out broad leafed plants. A few here on permies have discussed issues with it, and apparently once you have it, it sticks with your soil for periods of years so I would hate to see it happen to anyone else.

I like your ideas, the cheap and easy water catchment is beautiful



How would I tell if it's tainted other than the outcome? I have full access to the facility. I guess I'd have to figure out where they're bringing in the hay from? Or could I just do some experiments? See if I can get broadleafs to grow in it?
9 years ago