Barbara Kochan

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since Dec 19, 2016
Restoring 10 acres of pasture into open space. gardening mostly for food. Slowly building tiny (8x12') house.
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Grandma used to dry clothes in the basement during winters in Portland, OR; dried fine, but I don't know how long it took. I am planning to dry clothes in the loafing shed when I get a wash machine and am doing laundry in the winter. In the summer I hang my clothes outside but under the porch roof so as to limit sun exposure (for clothing longevity).
1 month ago
beginning of season , all grown up:

It doesn't look so "pretty", but wow does it make a lot of delicious food.
1 month ago
I have Chamomile growing in by rock driveway, but no where else. I would like more of it growing, but besides my veggie garden, don't water anything. Any thoughts on transplanting it to other environs on my land? Location is SW Washington, old dairy farm.
8 months ago

paul wheaton wrote: What are some topics to cover for season 2?



I would like to see a rocket mass heater for a tiny home, truly tiny, like 100 Sq ft, that doesn't come with the caveat: you can open the windows when it gets too hot. It seems that to get a truly clean burn you have to get things hot and that means a certain amount of coals and that means more wood than otherwise needed for a tiny place in a moderate climate .(SW Washington).. ?? Any and all thoughts gratefully received.
1 year ago

Dale Hodgins wrote:I doubt that there would be much UV pathogen killing going on. But, almost everyone can come up with a big glass jar. After the water runs through filtration and is gathered, I wonder if it could simply be bottled and placed in the Sun for a day or two. This might require the acquisition of a few jars. Sunlight is a great sterilizer , and that part of the world has no shortage. The water would also undergo a very large temperature swing, during those couple days of sterilization.



Glass is less effective than PET plastic bottles (often readily available free). Some glass blocks very nearly all UV light.
http://modernsurvivalblog.com/health/purify-water-with-sunlight-glass-or-plastic/
1 year ago
Thank you David, I do not. My scythe is in WA on my land where I spend 5 summer months; I am in Berkeley. I found this link http://seymourmidwest.com/uk/21409
 and if you roll over it you can see the handle. And I may be forgetting the design, may not be a nut. I also learned (assuming it is true) that the bolt is reverse threaded, so that may be a solution to my problem (with the exception that if is is very tight I might damage the wood handle to unscrew it).
2 years ago
I enjoy this snath but would like to move the handles so it works better with my short legs. Anyone have thoughts on if/how? The nut is sunk into the wood and the bolt has a smooth head. Thanks
2 years ago