Cl Robinson

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since May 08, 2013
SW Alabama zone 8a & 8b
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Might there be an updated progress report?  This is a really cool thread and I am interested in what is happening.
4 months ago
Stinging nettle tea or tincture works wonders for me, YMMV.
2 years ago
Marty,

Fishing in the tanks, lol, I like that idea.  At low stocking densities there is a lot more leeway on what will work.  As for profit from fish...depends on the fish I suppose.  You could do trout or yellow perch in your climate, possibly even koi, which are not edible, but if one could provide stock to pet stores it can be very lucrative.  I sort of lucked into that scenario so my stocking densities after breeding will be high until they ship at 3 inches.  I am going to use compost to heat my water and greenhouse in the winter.  My polycarb panels finally arrived...I wound up with 10mm 4 wall 30% opal.  We also bought a used 33 x 100 ft metal hoophouse that we are breaking down and moving.  The build will require the frame sections to be spaced 2 ft apart so max length will be 66ft and with tension on the hoops it is 27ft wide.  I am thinking 60ft will be plenty.   That is a lot bigger than I had planned or hoped to afford.  I am excited to get started on it next month.  With all that extra space I am including a small above ground swimming pool so I can excersize all winter.  WOOHOO!!!  The possibilities are almost endless.  I tried to work with sketchup and it makes my head fuzzy.  I will start a thread once we get it going to show pictures and details.  I would love to see more pics of your system.
4 years ago
Why not use compost to keep the tank and water from freezing?  If you sheltered it from the wind or built a small shed for housing the water it might work.  I did like the greenhouse idea and compost has been used to keep greenhouses and aquaponics systems from requiring heat in the winter.  Compost is free.  Free is good.
4 years ago
The blooms are edible, everything else is toxic, so toxic that 2 beans could kill a child.  I have not tried them yet, but intend to this spring.
I am by no means technical or mechanical and I can not build this, but I am sure some of the people on here who are could figure something out.  Ive seen people building amazing stuff and sharing it on here.  I think it might be possible to build your own wringer like so:  

2 paint rollers or the feed mechanism from a large printer or something of the sort. anything cylindrical that will hold up to pressure and turning
a hand crank...use old auger driver or build something...if other powered the appropriate imput device
small pulley/s? connecting them with a belt

I am sure there are lots of other little bits and bobs that would be needed but that is what my head came up with.  I intend to take a building workshop as soon as I can find one close enough to attend.  It frustrates my creative side to have these ideas and not know whether they would work or not because I can't build them!!!  
4 years ago
Shane,

I think I am going to go ahead and plant some more pomegranate and other fruit trees.  Who knows maybe one day the cotton field will be gone but if not, I dont think growing here would be any worse than conventionally grown fruit.  

Thanks evveryone for your encouragement!

CL
4 years ago
Jewelweed makes an orangy brownish dye but is also the antidote for poison ivy.  A dual purpose native plant.  I am loving this thread, my daughter is into dying tanned hides, I am going to introduce her to this thread, thanks!
4 years ago
Marty,

I am curious as to how you will be able to access all parts of your tank if it is 15' round.  If your fish can get away from you it may be hard to harvest them.  Also, growing multiple species in one tank can be problematic if they occupy the same strata...they will eat each other!  I am also building a greenhouse just slightly larger than yours and will use the IBC tanks and the 8' round pools for easier access and they are cheaper.  I will be growing multiple species but they will all be separate systems in 1 greenhouse.  If one species gets sick or there are issues in 1 tank, I will not lose everything.  Also, if you are planning on breeding crustaceans, even for freshwater species most will have to have a brackish water tank for spawning and the nymphs/larvae stage.  I am not sure wicking beds will sufficiently clean the water with higher stocking densities, as the system will not completely drain the pool.  That being said, you have some awesome plants in your vid and I bet that tomato was delicious.  I have been researching this for 8 years and doing small scale experiments while waiting to build my greenhouse and system.  The kids are through college and off the payroll so I can finally do it!  I am excited to see you doing something on a similar scale and hope we all can collaborate and share so we will all be more successful.  Great post.
4 years ago
Yellow perch might be a good option for cold climate AP.   There is a company in Milwaukee called Growing Power that is using yellow perch in rather large commercial greenhouses.  You can find the videos on youtube, there are several.
4 years ago