Dennis Barrow

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since Jan 19, 2014
Columbia Falls, MT
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I was winter camping about 35 years ago and it was so cold I pulled my hudson bay blanket over my head during the night.  Had to have help in the morning to get near the fire to thaw it out.... it was totally frozen across my face.
1 month ago
I started my vermicomposting a few years ago by having my grand daughter help me pick up worms from the sidewalk and driveway after a good rain. 
We put them in a compost pile and have added food scraps.  I have done nothing else with them, (well, I have taken a few fishing from time to time )
I have several gallons of casting waiting for me come this spring.  And I know the worms winter well because they are all local yocals.
3 months ago
Would a good insulated wall and a soda can solar heater work? 
If the solar is working a fan powered by a small solar panel to move the warm air around the greenhouse.
Just a thought.
11 months ago
I don't have a green house, but thermal mass is something I stumbled on a few years ago.  I used 12" X 12" X 2" pavers in my garden to walk on.  All around the pavers the plants grew the best!  Nice warm masses helped warm the soil and speed up growth.

I have since used dark rocks in different areas where I didn't want pavers and they work great.
11 months ago
When ever I go to the store I always look at the discount bins first.  I have found some perfect, if ugly, food there.  Many times I buy a lot and dehydrate or can it.  We have a pressure cooker that doubles as a canner and it is so easy to can 1 or 2 pints or quarts.
1 year ago
I have a scythe that came from my Mothers Uncles ranch in North Dakota in the the 60's.  I have never used it and kept it stored safely away from my 5 kids while they were growing up.... Could imagine what they would have done with it, like the son that shot a spear gun straight up in the air to see if the spin of the earth would make it come down further away from him. It did, about 6 inches.

I hope to have a place soon that I am able to use the scythe on.  Need to find a sharpening stone for it before then.  I have watch several video's on using it and think that it will not be a problem for my back and I had surgery for a herniated disc 3 years ago.
1 year ago
It would seem that a wall could be built on top of the RMH so that 1/2 is in say the bedroom and 1/2 in the living area.

Maybe steel studs or some such and the mass built around it?

1 year ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

I loved it.
1 year ago
I have a son that has a wood shop and produces a bit of wood chips. These are of hickory, oaks, and a variety of other hardwoods and exotic woods.

Does anyone know if any of these might be harmful to chickens?

Thinking of use on the floor in the chicken house.
1 year ago