Zach Muller

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Walt Chase wrote:

I'm not putting down the idea or use of compost tea, but I have been building my soil here for many years and it is in VERY good condition.  Good tilth, great mineral balance and great fertility.



That is a great place to be, i hope the various soil qualities around my grow area will get that way here in a few years. Maybe the tea will help it get there faster? My back garden bed was rented out to a vegetable grower before i lived here and because of their practices the soil was left super compacted and filled with stuborn grasses. Ive had better luck growing veggies in the shade than in that area.
2 weeks ago
I have always thought of compost tea making as a way to multiply your good compost. My household does not produce enough worm castings to cover the entire growing area, so multiplying the goodness with tea making is a good option.
2 weeks ago
In the back of my notebook I have a partial design for a passive compost tea pump. The gist of the idea is a large steel frame with two sealed 55 gallon drums mounted on a lever that could be locked. The air pumping action would come from water in the upper drum leaking down into the lower drum and displacing the air inside, once it drained fully you would jack the full one up and the now empty one is on the bottom having the air displaced. The operator would switch the position of the drums to keep the pump constantly running. The details of the actual hardware and mechanics are rough at this point, but I imagine a jack/lift or lever mechanism to make lifting the drums back and forth easy enough.

The general concept of the air pump is demonstrated decently on this youtube vid


More in the spirit of this thread I commented 2 years ago that the ecoplus 1 was a good pump, I still think that, although it is loud. I have since been using an Ecoplus 3 and its been good, but loud as well. It is suitable for 50-100gs.
2 weeks ago
I am afraid the only way I know to get truely medicinal strength from this plant is to harvest the sap from a live plant, during later summer. If it is not the sap in that specific time frame I would consider it a strong food thats really healthy, but not really a pain relieving medicine. If you already cut the plants, just chop it and let it dry for use as a tea. This is just how I use the plant, others may know a better way. I love this plant.
1 year ago
Not sure if it exists, but as far as teaching children about permaculture, i think something like bazylland would be great. My son is obsessed with animals, farming, trucks, and bikes. Turns out he loves watching these bazylland videos showing farming, orchard care, tractor building etc. I was just waching with him thinking about how i wish it was a farmer caring for a permaculture system with aquaculture rather than a colombine harvesting a monocrop. It would be amazing if someone with the skill could do that!

In case you have no idea, bazylland is a kids youtube channel https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCfI1cD9PdHiz1gIwRkFVcrA
1 year ago
You had me laughing at, "wheaton's dick score".  A simple tool to move to a larger point. "
My advice is to build it and observe how it does. You have obviously done a lot of design work and some consideration so just see how it goes. By observing the result you will gain the most from this idea.  Raised beds work in some climates, hugels work differently in different climates, etc. getting out and gaining experience is #1 in my book, because you might succeed using a method i would fail at using.
just give it a go! I like the idea.
One thing to look out for is pallet wood thats been treated with anti fungal or some chemicals. In my experience with pallets this level of care is rare(usually about as cheap as they can make them, no need for treatments just throw it away mentality), but ive heard it can happen.
Goodluck
1 year ago
Hello all, i would like to compare notes regarding broody/ mothering hens. I have one who has hatched probably 3 clutches in her life, her most recent was a clutch of 8. She was nesting at the bottom of a compost bin where she had to enter from the top and once the babies hatched they were stuck in the bottom. They hatched one day and i noticed them, and planned on propping up the compost bin for entry and exit. Today when i came out to do it, 6 were dead fron appetent broken necks. So i let the compost bin up and she seemed to be weird, like was still in broody mother mode, but was stepping on the chicks and not protecting them like usual. The two living chicks had bloody beaks. My question is, did she kill the others so the remaining could eat them? What do yall think happened?
1 year ago
With a 2-4 ft layer of woodchips or similar the smell can be reduced almost to nothing. What happens in my coop is the poop gets covered up as the chickens root around and scratch down to find bugs. The whole thing ends up smelling like composting wood chips. That said, at dawn there are droppings on the surface so more smell is noticable, but outside the coop there is not a manure or bird smell.
1 year ago
I found an article in a few places about this exact topic. Not sure if it is available for free, but you could read the abstract Here at researchgate and decide if it is worth purchasing. Goodluck
1 year ago