get 6 volt batteries to make up what you need, they will last longer. I don't know why, but this is what my hub did for our trailer and they do hold more of a charge and last longer than the previous 12 volt combo.
ll might like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_mucus AdvantagesAccording to Dr. Friedrich Bischinger, a lung specialist in Austria, those who eat their boogers are happy and in tune with their bodies and also suggests that booger eating is one of the best ways to stay healthy. He encourages booger eating and says, "Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do ... When this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine" due to the antiseptics and antibodies contained within the mucus.
Jane Stephenson compares boogers to vaccines. She says the germs in dried nasal mucus are already dead or weakened and once absorbed through digestion, they help the immune system produce antibodies which fight infection having the same effect as a vaccine. She speculates that children who participate in booger eating may be healthier than those who do not because their immune systems are building off of the ingested germs. Maria Portalatin delves further into immune system benefits with more depth. She claims that ingested mucus stimulates B-lymphocytes which produce antibodies to fight infection. The more the immune system is exposed to nasal mucus, the more effective the antibodies are in recognizing antigens. She concludes, "... as a result, the immune response is improved and becomes increasingly faster."
I hear your thing about money. Personally I think a person that knows how to learn can figure it out. There are plenty of resources on the web, and remember the first people just figured it out with smart thinking. This forum has a wealth of info, so use it!
I'm kinda in the Willamette Valley(Coast Range west of Mac). Haven't been to a course, dont' have the money, but it all kinda strikes me as summer camp. Now I'm ducking the tomatoes! Ha!
If you have any questions(Willamette valley growing thoughts) pm me.
I have a heeler and a standard poodle. No chickens presently. The heeler was around chickens from a puppy, the poodle was about 4 when introduced. The heeler wanted to herd the chickens(make them run), the poodle would put her foot on their back and lick them. Neither ever killed one, and the chickens would snatch dog food out of their dishes when the dogs were eating.
Now the neighbor used to have a german shepherd and a mastiff which would sneak over and kill my chickens, grrrrr.
Personally I think it comes down to teaching the dog NO, and that YOU are the master/pack leader--the dog obeys you. They must be supervised, cuz they are dogs after all. My poodle I would trust with chickens(we once found her locked up in the coop for the day with the chickens, no casualties), the heeler not so much because she would chase them to exhaustion if left to her own devices for a long time(not neccessarily to kill, kwim?). The chicken coop/fenced chicken yard was OFF LIMITS to the dogs, they were taught they weren't allowed to go in there(ha, despite the poodle getting locked in there, that was freak...stuff happens with kids around I guess ).
Just saying with me it was a question of does the dog repect me--it HAS worked with the two dogs I have(actually I had another heeler that never killed/chased chickens either, so three dogs). The chickens are MINE and the dogs can't have them, just like my food on my plate is MINE and the dogs can't have it(and woe unto them if they try to steal some). I know different breeds will act in different ways, and you have to work with it.
Hope that helps, ya gotta have the training first though, before the chickens, so the dog listens to YOU.
yes, though I have a knee jerk in trying to convince doubters(yet again), using money as the way to count the cost, kwim?
I will take issue with the simple "forests prevent flooding" thing though. Flooding is a natural process, it mvoes stuff around, washes nutrients quickly into other places, etc. Mostly flooding is a pain in the butt for DEVELOPMENT and human activity.
Forest cover SLOWS the fall of rain so it can soak down into the soil rather than run off the surface. However sometimes the rain just falls too hard n fast, and you WILL get flooded streams/rivers. Sometimes the soil is just saturated and can't soak up more. Forest cover SLOWS the evaporation of moisture from the soil. Yes, trees do store water, but so do "low spots" in the valleys where people like to live.
On the other hand I know it's anal to pick apart an entry level power point nice intro.
Though it *is* my pet peeve that MOST people(consumers) never go beyond this level and get any sort of understanding/connection with how things are out there--that is what will bite us in the butt.
Also, noting days without rain really doesn't mean much without noting day/nighttime temps, cloudcover, etc. I realize that's a lot of factiods to add, but it sure does make a difference.
Were the tomatoes planted into the sod, were the seeds thrown on top, were plants inserted...?
Cherry tomatoes are pretty scrappy to begin with.
Yes, a compost pile made of sod rocks, I kinda do the same thing, when I make new bed I take the grass clods and pile them up on top of a sorta new bed--it's best to let the clods dry out good first so the grass doesn't sprout again. Doing it on a nice dry sunny day does it good enough for me. Cover with slash and next year the bed is perfect composty friable goodness(clay soil here). Cabbage is a good first year crop for these beds(it will grow in the clumpy clods).