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Glenn Coie

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I saw this today and am definitely going to try it later this year. Has anybody here had elderberry wine?
4 years ago
Dig 2' down and you should find plenty of clay there. I think we found clay only 1-1.5' deep when I helped on a friend's project in SD. Another place to look, is along the side's of roads where the earth has been cut into. I really don't think you'll need to buy any clay. Dig deeper, do a jar test, and practice making a few blocks to see how they hold up and get the mixture right. If you find dry clay, just combine the clay with the sand first, before water. As long as it holds together, it should be sufficient. A cob garden wall I built was only about 15% clay and 85% sand. It's held up just fine, although it wasn't structural or in a seismic zone. Clay's job is really to just hold everything together, so as long as it's not too wet or too dry you should be fine. A few considerations, though. Make sure your walls are thick enough for the earthquakes you WILL get. Though the lack of mortar joints in cob makes it great for zones with seismic activity, no structure is earthquake proof, so I'd still suggest making your structural walls 1.5-2ft thick, curved or with buttresses, and maybe with strategic arches on inner walls or future courtyards. I'm always concerned with earthquakes, so I personally would have support beams, even if some pure cob structures in major seismic zones have held up for centuries. But I am paranoid and tend to overdue things. Anyway, good luck!
5 years ago
Well, last night I had the pleasure of speaking to my chemist friend, who works at JPL, though most of what he said was over my head. He spoke of ways we can observe hydrogen bond stretching, dissolution of gasses, and just seemed to be really excited about many of the related theories currently being worked on. Of course, he stated that most is still theoretical, due to limited observation issues at such levels, but he obviously didn't think it was quack-science. He, also, told me about someone who used radiowaves to somehow separate hydrogen bonds in sea water, to the point that it lights on fire. Here's what I'm only assuming he was talking about: Burning Salt Water

In searching further, I found another article quite interesting: Effects of Amplitude of the Radiofrequen...
5 years ago
While I was searching for alternative ways to soften my water, I stumbled across an article about a device which uses various radio waves to introduce electro-magnetic energy to water for crops and animal/human consumption. I'm understanding that it basically dissolves all minerals and reduces the surface tension of water, thereby increasing uptake and reducing the need for many fertilizers. I'm sure this would also hydrate the water more, by breaking down hydrogen molecules and increasing the oxides & peroxides, thereby strengthening the plants immune system against pests/disease. Just wondering if anyone's heard of this device or this technology, as I can't really find out much information besides this article and the company's website, because claims of crop increases of 30-40% sound like snake oil to me.

Here's the article:
Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides

Here%27s the company%27s website, of which I%27ve just requested more info, specifically, pricing:
5 years ago
From the article:

Mr Lloyd’s report stated: 'The character and appearance of the countryside should be protected for its intrinsic sake.

'The benefits of a low-impact development do not outweigh the harm to the character and appearance of the countryside.'


Strange comment if it is just about getting permission from planning.

5 years ago
Reminds me when I planted mine in my backyard in the city. They grew all the way to the second story window! That's when I realized why they call them sunchokes. They don't do so well in warmer climates. They like the colder weather and early planting, as I recall. Let them get killed by frost and you'll have them year after year. You'll be surprised how many one plant can yield, and then how that one plant multiplies the year after. I love them pickled!
5 years ago