Craig Butler wrote:
Thanks for the reminder, Tony. You got me thinking again about the ratio one is looking for between the charcoal and the microbacterial inoculant (and no doubt there's a technical term for that I should learn). Still very early in my research on this, but I was thinking of green manure as that source. However, questions remain as to how much charcoal should one use for one ton of manure, along with how much time does the mix need before it is stable to put in the growing soil? Would aged manure in fact be better, as green would require its own time frame to decompose? I have been thinking of having two operations going on: biochar production, and compost production. Do others combine these processes--using charcoal as a compost pile ingredient--and is that efficient?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:We started a path with Irish moss, it is wear resistant and is extremely soft under bare feet, plus it looks grand as a garden path.
We might even start using it in other places too, currently we are letting it grow for harvesting to use elsewhere around the house site.
It is a bit expensive but I like mosses and have always started a moss bed where ever I have lived since I was a child. Usually they aren't big, just large enough to lay down on.
This is my first time to use a specific moss for what it is traditionally used for.
Sebastian Köln wrote:I would consider "low voltage" DC installations for lighting the future. Possibly with two additional data wires to allow switching and dimming over a bus, without having to route the power cables over the switch.
DC is much easier to work with in electronics, there is always power available, unlike in AC where power needs to be stored for 10ms (a long time in electronics, modern regulators go up to the MHz range).
All that remains is to figure out the voltage, connector and data protocol…
Mike Jay wrote:Hi Ruth, if I can read into your question a bit more, I "think" you might be wondering about using smaller wire gauge in your wiring circuit since LEDs don't draw much current. I've wondered if some day they will change the electrical code in the US to allow for smaller wires on lighting circuits. But for now, as far as I know, lighting circuits still need to use wire sized to handle incandescent sized loads. Typically 15 amp circuits with 14 gauge wire.