Jo Hunter wrote:I really like Morag Gamble's approach to sheet mulching, where possible-- I modify slightly because my waste straw is full of seeds. I put straw and horse manure down directly on the grass (the two items I can get free) directly onto the grass/sand), then sheet mulch with cardboard, then woodchips on top. I find it is much much better for weed control and improving the soil than putting cardboard directly on my extremely persistent, very strong grass. I bought in woodchips for the first time this year, and it worked really well but was too expensive to do over our whole acre, so I did my annual garden (about 300m2) and our oldest section of food forest. In the new section, I am just doing cardboard plus manure, and it improves the soil enough for sour fig (rather than grass) to take over before the weed seed from the manure starts taking over.
Timothy Markus wrote:When I was in the power electronics field (controllers for battery powered vehicles), I worked with a guy who used to have an electronics repair shop. This was back in the late 90's, early 2000s. At one point he made good money repairing things, but as stuff became cheaper, people just started buying new and tossing the old away. He said it was often only one component that went, but people still didn't bother.
I'm not surprised about this, but it sucks. Realistically, we may not have many people who could, or would want to, do repairs. It's no surprise that Apple is against it; even their software ramped down battery life for planned obsolescence.