Phil Swindler

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Wichita, Kansas, United States
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Julie Reed wrote:

Or are you not using anything to charge the mass under the umbrella? Also (as has been mentioned), it seems a 1” pipe in a well casing is way too small to provide the air flow needed... does Missoula even get enough sun in mid winter to ‘power’ that?

Charging the mass - good point.  May work better after a year of letting the system run.  

1" pipe - sounds like a good opportunity to experiment.  Maybe different size pipe in the 2 casings.  Or maybe different number of pipes in the 2 casings.

Does Missoula even get enough sun - more pipe would mean more light absorbed.  That's where my thought on different extensions would come into play.
20 hours ago

paul wheaton wrote:Talking about the design:   Let's hold off two more days to get some drawings that show what is being planned.  

But I may wet myself with excitement.
Experimentation Idea

At different times of the year you might want the air coming up the black pipe to go different places.
How about removable extensions so you can control where that "Piped" air goes.
I can see making a few different extensions to experiment.
There may be times you want to take that air clear out of the greenhouse.
Are you ready for questions and comments about the project yet?
I'm wondering about that 20 ft well casing.
Are you trying to hit ground water or stay above ground water?
Some places here in Kansas the ground water is way deeper than 20 ft.
In my neighborhood the ground water is only a couple feet below my basement.
Do you know how deep your ground water is?
Do you care?

Jennifer Richardson wrote:One thing we'd be interested in doing for this project is to find some tracking thermometers similar to the ones I'm using to track the temperature in Allerton Abbey, but with better data sharing capabilities--right now, I have to manually take screen shots of the data on my phone and post them to my thread. Any ideas?

If you have a computer sitting around that you could dedicate to the project, has some easy to use temperature probes.
They will take readings at what ever frequency you set.
You can have multiple probes for multiple inputs, like air coming out of the pipe vs air going into the well casing vs ambient room air.
It has graphing software so you can do analysis of your data.
I've always gotten good help from their customer service department.
Sorry, it's been years since I bought mine, I don't remember the prices, just that they were fairly reasonable for a small high school.

Penny Dumelie wrote:I normally use the bones from chicken to make chicken broth. Add a couple caps of cider vinegar to pull all the goodness from the bones. Once it simmers over night, I will add more water, and leftover veggies - onion, garlic, carrots, celery. Let it simmer until all the healthy parts have been absorbed into the broth and then strain out anything solid.
We then use the broth like a tea (especially for anyone sick). We also use it instead of water to cook rice, use it as a soup base, use it for gravy instead of water... basically anywhere you would use water and want some extra nutrition and flavor.

I do the same with beef stewing/soup bones.

The vinegar makes perfect sense for getting calcium from the bones.
Why didn't I think of that?
1 week ago

Hank Waltner wrote:I think I’ll take some ash saplings and bend them into tool handle shapes I think it would be stronger be cause the fiber are all there and not carved

If you are thinking bend a sapling then let it grow for a few years and take on that shape for later, that works.
I've seen trees that were bent when young that held that shape when mature.
I remember one from a camp I attended as a kid.
Someone had tied two branches in a half knot.
As the tree grew those two branches crossed back to their original sides.
It was this big twist of branches that was great for a kid to climb.
3 weeks ago
Why not give it a try?
It might work great.  It might not.
As I see it, the worst thing that could happen is you have a little experience for when you find the next good piece of wood.
3 weeks ago
If you have a reasonably priced source for your trees, you could take the following approach.
Plant more than you think you could ever need.
While they are young and small the production per tree will also be small.
As they grow and start to get in each others way the production per tree should also grow.
Then you can decide which trees you like better and thin the herd by cutting out the ones you don't like as well.
This is assuming you have the space to plant multiple trees.
1 month ago

Jeremiah Squingelli wrote:

One pollen grain produces exactly one seed. If 7 grains of pollen land on a flower, you can get at most  7 seeds. To get 500 seeds, at least 500 pollen grains need to land on the flower, and they can have as many different daddies as the bees have been visiting.

Does this mean that if I collected pollen from multiple different heirloom tomatoes and applied it to the same emasculated flower, the seeds in the resulting tomato would be a mix of all of them? As in, rather than doing a bunch of different 1-1 crosses, I could just have one big tomato bukkake and have, most likely, a few seeds of each cross within one fruit.
Am I correct?

The biology teacher at the school I teach at says YES.
He says it can be a bit more complicated in some cases.
But, I won't give you his extended answer.
He can be rather verbose.