Felicia Rain

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Hi!  Would love a ref code!
1 month ago

Fred Tyler wrote:Growing alongside the edge of the road up on the lab, i found Jerusalem oak goosefoot (Dysphania botrys). It is in the Amaranth family and the way its seeds cluster on the stems gives it away. I took note of this plant because to me it smelled like a grand fir. Online descriptions list it as having "an agreeable aromatic smell" and "a strong scent, reminiscent of stock cubes". I'm not sure what people are making their stock cubes out of, because to me, this smells like a fir tree! Apparently it has been used in dried flower arrangements. At least on the lab, any meal made with it will probably include an unhealthy amount of sand...leaves and seed pods are pretty sticky.

Wow that is an interesting plant!!
2 months ago
Where are you located abouts?

Yen Yus wrote:Septic systems do drain out into the soil but they are full of water so the worms would drown.

Worms have an antibacterial system in their gut. Also the soil below and the gravel have a lot of good bugs since it's an aerobic system. These bugs help eliminate the bad bugs  in the blackwater.

You should check your local freeze depth and make it below there imho.  Mine is not in a container and they are pretty warm in the winter and cool in the summer due to the earth's stable temperature.

Felicia Rain wrote:

How deep down does this storage container need to be placed in the soil in a climate that has cold winter?  

2 months ago

Yen Yus wrote:How lovely..

Julien Vailles wrote:There is this great resource with build design and maintenance steps here - http://www.vermicompostingtoilets.net/

I'm building it at the moment with IBC tank, I'll take a few pics and we share my exp later.


How will it drain if it is in AZ taa a no vzz as on soil?
2 months ago

Yen Yus wrote:Hi Frank

Since the septic system is full of water the worms would drown. They like a moist medium. I've seen soldier fly larvae swim underwater so that may be an interesting experiment.

Frank Voi wrote:I am interested in how worms interact normally with conventional septic systems? Do they clean out the septic bed?

I thought septic systems also “drain out” into the soil…?

How does one determine if it is safe to drain this black water into the soil beneath the 40cm of gravel?

How deep down does this storage container need to be placed in the soil in a climate that has cold winter?  
2 months ago
Wow, this is so interesting.  I did vermicomposting in my kitchen (kitchen food scraps), but the system was so wet so much of the time, and I had trouble getting the balance right.  This is so interesting.  You are flushing a traditional toilet, and that's a substantial amount of water going, but in the photos, I see no standing water, correct?
2 months ago

Fred Tyler wrote:

In the third photo you can see the board with the two test cut grooves.

Wow!  How do you cut the boards that fit INTO those grooves?  Can't wait to see that.  
2 months ago

Fred Tyler wrote:
As a gross bonus, i found the remains of a "paper" cup in some rotten leaves on my plot. All of the paper has decomposed, and all that is left is the thin plastic liner.

Fred, this is crazy interesting!
3 months ago

Fred Tyler wrote:Now that there's water flowing to the hydrant on my plot, I realized I needed to extend the system.

Hao assisted as I put in a T to the stub coming off of my hydrant.  The new piece of pipe extends the water by 300 feet nearly to the other end of the plot. Hopefully this will mean a lot less up an down the hill.

Stephen and Cory helped dig the shallow trench of the new line. Because of its depth, it will have to be drained for winter. But, as it is the line to the garden, I won't be needing it in the winter. As they dug we could see how disappointingly dry the ground was despite a few recent rains.

This is very exciting!!!  I can't wait to see how your garden fares with more watering.  
3 months ago