Thomas A. Cahan

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... ondol (Korean), kang (Chinese), and hypocaust (Roman) basically use the underside of the building as a furnace flue; the inlet usually also serves as the cooking area... the flooring is of course stone etc which also retains heat - it would be like living in a chickie brooder.    
.... if the sides/underpinnings need addressed anyway this may kill 'many bird one stone'.... it would also be secure underneath; although any critters inside would be conveniently smoked or bbq'd.      
4 weeks ago
... if the structure is on piers; would this not be an opportunity to investigate running an ondol/kang/hypocaust system? - with a rmh twist perhaps; Permies is definately the place to brainstorm the idea.... if the floor is heated you may welcome a bit of air infiltration.      
4 weeks ago
... I grew the San Marzano once years ago; they were dry/bland raw... but when I used them for pasta sauce - Oh my! - So rich and flavorful; almost like beef stock in the sauce... maybe a fluke occurance though....      :b
... only the cherry tomatos did anything here this year; drought, and some awful form of blight that struck Everything - even trees and poison ivy....
.. thanks for the link and info! - I am a fan of the Spex wasp- I pull up a lawn chair and watch their industrious excavating.. the mounds I saw were definately made out of mud, rather than the wasp's dry material.. also the holes were much larger.. I was surprised the crawdads would work so far from the water- perhaps to reduce the chance of detection by hungry raccoons looking for a snack..

6 years ago
.. I use a scythe every day, to cut rabbit feed, etc.. I haven't found a good but inexpensive broadfork yet! - I wish I were closer to you! - Thomas!
6 years ago
.. Hi, Patti! - your situation sounds nearly identical to mine.. has someone wandered into your life yet? - Thomas!
6 years ago
.. I would find this forum helpful and interesting also! .. my critters (especially the rabbits) have taught me much, as to how to communicate/interact with others.. if humans had ears and tails to cue from, rather than (often poorly chosen) words, it would be so much easier!
6 years ago
.. wow.. we humans sure make things complicated! .. I recently stumbled upon a phrase that sets the basis for things pretty neatly.. "Be Nice"....
6 years ago
.. it is hard to lose little ones.. I had seen a nest box set-up in an old farm book, where the nest boxes slid into a partition in the middle of the building, which was laying house on one side, and brooder house on the otber.. when mama went broody, the nest box was pulled out, and turned around in the partition to face the brooder room, like a drawer-the partition was just open squares that the nests slid into.. I wonder if it worked well!
6 years ago
..I was in the same situation as far as sourcing sawdust.. I collect grass clippings (which is the Only reason I 'mow'), and use then as bedding in the deep-bedded chicken rooms in the barn.. it stays dry and is reduced to a coarse powder.. after 6 to 18 months it is replaced with fresh clippings and stored in 55-gallon drums, to be utilized as toilet compost.. there has never been evidence of odor or creepie, etc- only the occaisonal feather..
6 years ago