Peter George

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Living with family rurally off-grid in an earth-bermed and roofed straw bale/cordwood home. Homestead features dog, chickens, moveable hoop house and expanding gardens with huge zones 3-5 which we share with lots 'o wildlife. PDC at Whole Systems Designs.
Southern Ontario
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Greetings Carlos and Dr. Redhawk,

"I think including the suggestions here by Bryant, the adding of soil layers, capping pile with soil, Biochar considerations etc would make this the “Awesomest Maximus”   of all the systems! "  

Sounds good. Carlos--I have checked into Johnson's activities and he is on to something--and so are you and Dr. Redhawk! I'm fairly familiar with many types of composting, but Johnson's seems to be a bit of a better beast for various reasons. I encourage any readers to check out the longer video about Johnson and any other online info that's related. Especially interesting were his controlled studies of using different types of composts--including his own--to grow peppers. As any compost sage knows, all composts are not equal, and Johnson's appear to be superior. I'm diving in this spring!
5 hours ago
Hi Alex: I'm near Wiarton. Where are you?
1 month ago
Form into a cylinder & use as root crop washer? Attach to posts and use as wind fencing--or snow fencing if you get much snow! Place on top of a support structure and use for shade, attaching more shade material if needed. Cut into 3-4 ft. wide strips and use as nursery tables. Form into "U's" attach to ground and use as animal shade shelters or rain shelters with flexible sheet goods on top. I'm mildly jealous...
1 year ago
Greetings Levant/bjorn:

"I switched design as I decided that the "cleaned" grey water that I had originally intended to obtain did not justify the expense in terms of money, work, and space taken up by the tanks and other elements of the initial design. You may ask why have a grey water system at all then.  the answer: as a minimum, by separating grey water from black water, I ease the burden on the septic system; the grey water draining into a swale and mulch basin will benefit the landscape during dry spells in summer; and finally, as the pipe drains into the open, I still have the flexibility to modify the final segment of the design if I want to add new elements later on (e.g., a wetland, small pond, etc.)."

I have a similar perspective to yours and live in a colder climate. I'd love to see some pics/maps/diagrams. I have a grey water system plumbed inside my home, but it currently goes...nowhere, except back to the septic system until I flip the diverter lever. Expense, using the elements that make the water "grey" and future design flexibility all seem like the most important design parameters to me.
Thanks, Peter
1 year ago
"If you are in an area with more than 3 junctions of water passage, then you want a main line setup instead of a key line setup, because that will work better for you."

Bryant, I respect you greatly, but I'm a little confused by the above quote, and I thought I had a better handle on keyline than most. Can you elaborate on "main line setup" or refer me to a pertinent resource? Thanks, Peter
2 years ago
The images still are not there for me.
Just remember, as Darren Dougherty has said, that the Keyline was originally phrased "the Keyline of the valley." Figure out your valley's keypoints, then you have to figure out how your various valley keylines/keypoints will mesh. And then, as Mark Shepard has said, don't stress too much about getting it exactly right.
2 years ago
Barring exterior insulation, I'd build joists over the walls but under the roof, and put your preferred sheet film over them which you would roll/unroll into place with a greenhouse-style sidewall ventilating rod & handle combo. The end walls under the rod handles would be tricky to air proof, but you could hang vertical film walls INSIDE the ends of the overhead roll to take care of that if you wanted.
2 years ago
Make yourself a hoop house on timbers made with bought or made arches and cover with 1-2 layers of greenhouse plastic. On pallets with traps underneath or at the edges. Then you've got a sunny place to warm-up & dry the bales, a place to work in in bad weather, and a place for season-extension and/or equipment or animal storage later.
2 years ago
Google "The Endeavour Centre" in Ontario Canada. Lots o' great DOCUMENTED open source plaster ideas & experience. Look at the old blogs. I know they've used rock wool and a lot of different plaster/insulation assemblies, & they're good folks.
2 years ago