Rodd Ramon

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I’m not a fan of the log home, but it’s what I have. Yes I imagine I will have to build a “shell” around the house, but how. I posted this in the natural building forum on purpose. I know I can insulate with a vapor barrier then poly board, then siding. How can I do the same naturally. I suppose letting y’all know what materials are available could help. We have plenty of cedar that can be cut, our soil is a lot of sand on top of thick clay. Straw is not available at a reasonable cost in the area, but maybe there’s an alternative? My thoughts so far on a natural method would be to essentially build a cob house around the existing log home but I think that would cause moisture issues between the log and cob.
2 months ago
I own a 2 story log home in central TX. The house was built in the 80s, likely a log home kit. Our biggest issue is lack of insulation.  I’m trying to figure out a method to insulate the exterior, as I would lose a lot of space trying to insulate from the inside. I’ve discussed this on some log home forums but the replies are usually coming from folks in more temperate climates. I really don’t think a log home is a good idea for central Texas. When it’s 100+ during the day and upper 90s at night, for days on end, the logs just soak up heat. We are in a very humid area so this needs to be considered. Any thoughts.
2 months ago
I’m in central Texas, if you’re not afraid of our weather, I might have a place for you.
3 months ago
It likely needed more water earlier during growth. Or, it is too hot. When it gets warm and your growing lettuce, baby leaves are the best. No big deal, just try again.
9 months ago
You may be hard pressed to find a farmer in all of the south with a deer "problem". However, wild pork should be easy to procure. Everyone and their mother has problem pigs. Many have issues letting strangers hunt there land, but you should be able to find some. I won't let you hunt, my place isn't big enough, but may let you build a trap. Send me a Pm.
1 year ago
The variety from Reimer does not set seeds in 80 days nor in 120days. I would avoid ordering from Reimer all together. I grow  2 acre market garden.  I've received many incorrect varieties and unviable seed from them.
They are big enough now, that you can easily check. Flip them over and check out the plumbing. There are videos online, its pretty easy.
2 years ago
I'm in Schulenburg. glad to see more in the area.
3 years ago
I am down in Schulenburg. I have a small farm and use a scythe to cut cover crop, you are more than welcome to come down and and have a go at cutting. I use a blade from scythe supply, and I have more than enough wood around to throw together a snath that fits him. Saturdays I am home in the late afternoon, we will be selling at the markets there in Austin starting next week.
3 years ago
This has a pretty good explanation of starting the seeds. http://homeguides.sfgate.com/germinate-camellia-sinensis-seeds-65358.html
I've had poor germination rates from seeds my wife purchased, but all reading we've done says germination can take a month or two.
3 years ago