Bruce Woodford

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since Jun 10, 2016
S. Ontario, Canada
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Hi Y'all,
I have the best looking cucumber plants this spring that I have ever had. They are growing, climbing blossoming profusely but very few cukes are growing. I haven't seen any bees around them and wonder how can I pollenate them myself. I've tried using a Q-tip, I've tried plucking the male blossoms and manually pollenating the female ones with them, but I need professional advice! What's the best way to do this?
1 day ago
You are most welcome, Jason.  If you need any specific dimensions or have questions not answered there, I'll be happy to try to help.
5 days ago
Hi Jason, I'll get the plans together. Could you send me your email address so I can send them to you? Mine is bwood4d@gmail.com Better yet, go to the following thread    https://permies.com/t/69632/Building-tube-steel-air-cooled   ; and see the whole construction. Then you can contact me with any questions you may have about how it all goes together, if the thread isn't clear at some point.
5 days ago
Hi Y'all, Last year a peach tree that grew from a pit which sprouted in our garden 5 or 6 years ago, blossomed in abundance last spring. The tree was literally covered with blooms which were all pollenated and the developing friuit had to be thinned aggressively. We had a bumper crop of delicious, large and juicy peaches.

But this spring, that same tree had a total of about 2 dozen blossoms, all on the same side of the tree (the west).  They all seemed to be pollenated and the fruit started to develop. Then about 3 weeks ago we had high winds and large hail (some said it was a small tornado).  Only about a dozen remained on the tree immediately after the storm. But since then all but 5 have fallen off!

The tree seems to be quite healthy with lots of fresh growth all over and very little "leaf curl". (Leaves I see with it, I'm pulling off.) But I'm puzzled with the very sparse blossoming.  Any explanation for this or any way to improve it next season?

Here's a few pics...
2 weeks ago
I promised pics of my steel cored, air-cooled rocket mass heater after its first heating season.  I removed some of the cob from around the barrel so it could be removed and the core dismantled and fully inspected and all ash removed from inside the mass. See the pics which follow.

So after heating our old and very poorly insulated house with this steel cored RMH, I am very pleased to see that the core stood up without any evidence of heat corrosion as it seems to have been sufficiently air cooled to prevent such overheating of the core itself, although it burned well and heated the house just fine!   Steel cored RMH's CAN perform well IF PROPERLY AIR COOLED!
2 weeks ago
You can build a steel core as you originally planned BUT rather than insulating it, you MUST air-cool it! Whenever steel gets over 900F it will glow red hot and corrode very quickly! RMH temps far exceed this but air-cooling on the exterior will enable you to avoid overheating your steel core. See my 7" steel air -cooled RMH at  https://permies.com/t/69632/Building-tube-steel-air-cooled for more details on safely constructing a steel cored RMH that will last.
6 months ago