Emily Spring

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In zone 5, I milch our school garden with leaves or straw rather than cover crop, because it's easier to deal with in the spring. For actual cover crops, I favor buckwheat for the same reason.

Interesting thought on daylilies above; they have taken over parts of my yard and are almost impossible to kill. I'd plant them in a separate contained bed if you go that route.

If you are looking for some garden ideas, see https://helpyourselfgarden.wordpress.com or search #dentgarden on Facebook or instagram.
1 year ago
Animal feed CORN tastes terrible (zero flavor, not sweet), so I doubt you'd want to eat it. I don't know if there is such a big difference among varieties of other grains that are destined for animals vs. humans. I'd not buy a lot until I'd tasted it.
1 year ago
Hi, Curt! Thanks for the info - I will have to look into those backdraft dampers and thermostats.

Emily
5 years ago
Do you know of any fans that can truly be sealed off when not in use? The ones I've seen for greenhouse ventilation let the wind blow right through, even if they have louvers.
5 years ago
Hi -

We have a passive solar house with a sunroom built on the entire south face of the house. (Plans are at http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?view=image;size=100;id=umn.31951p007429573;page=root;seq=156;num=147 if you're curious.) Between the sunroom and the main living space are three sets of French doors.

On the (admittedly rare) sunny days in a Michigan winter, the sunroom does get to a nice 65-75 degrees. Temps peak around 3pm then drop off pretty rapidly, especially in winters like this one where the thermal mass is quite cold. What would be awesome is if there were a way to open a door/vent/window into the living space when temps get over, say, 65, and then close it when it dropped back below 65.

Anyone have any ideas?

Major requirement: this can't let a ton of air through when it's theoretically closed. That's the problem I've seen with most greenhouse-type vents; they just don't really get airtight (or anywhere close) when they are closed. And, of course, you have to be able to shut off the auto venting in the summer when you're trying to keep the house interior cool.

Things that can change: The French doors could be replaced with some combination of operable windows/doors. I'd like to keep a similar amount of glass, though; the house is fairly dark to begin with and all the glazing is on the south side (into the sunroom), so I don't want to lose much of it.

Thanks for your ideas!
Emily
5 years ago