Tina Gee wrote:I love this idea! A chart of weeds as an indicator of x soil conditions so y veg will thrive....
I bet Geoff Lawton and Matt Powers, John Kempf etc have I go on this?
Pearl Sutton wrote:Cement. I have sharpened and smoothed more things that I care to admit on cement. You can get a good long stroke on a patio or sidewalk, and a good angle on a curb.
I like the grind wheel idea, I have a pile of them too, I'll dig one out to misuse :D Thank you for that one!
As far as tile, be sure to get a piece of quarry tile, that's my favorite for sharpening with. No glaze to remove, and a nice medium fine grain, not as fine as porcelain wall tile.
Denis Huel wrote:Grew up and lived on small grain farm in Southern Saskatchewan where durum was the primary crop. Hardness is a quality characteristic and durum is milled into semolina (small particles) not flour. Anything that reduced the hardness of your grain (weather damage or poor fertility) lowered the price. Grain buyers measured HVK (hard vitreous kernels) and protein level to determine grade.
Yes the awns have a high PITA factor and durum varieties are still awned. In fact it was our job as kids to climb into the combine harvesters at the start of each day to clean the awns that were clogging the grain separating systems of the harvesters. It was a dirty job delegated to the smallest, youngest, bottom of the pecking order member of the harvesting crew. Usually it was me!
The Ternier's at Prairie Garden Seeds sell seed of Wakooma. It was widely grown in southern Saskatchewan in the 70's and 80's. It is a good high quality variety, fairly tall, with long black awns (good for weaving). Modern varieties are very short compared to the old varieties. The old varieties lodged badly (fell over and didn't ripen properly). Durum in general requires a longer and hotter growing season than bread wheat and was only grown in the southern grain growing areas of Saskatchewan.
Lew Johnson wrote:The pile remained a pile for too long. Now it's getting cut into more portable size to finish drying after I make a fire wood shelter.
It will probably eventually just become firewood or rocket stove fuel.
If I have enough will I might chip the fruit wood for smoking.
Remelle Burton wrote:I shop the dump after dropping my stuff off. My best score to date is two perfect "bronze" colored storm doors. Glass and screens in place. The metal pile is an amazing place. I could spend an hour there.