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Thank you Eleanor for your efforts to help. For some reason I've been unable to reach the company by way of their contact form. There are a few stockist/distributor/partners in my state so I will try to find their contact numbers by business name which is listed on the form.
1 week ago

Eleanor Froelich wrote:If you are willing to consider solar, we have a LORENTZ PS2-100. Cost, including the solar panel and a stand for the solar panel, was about €1000, including 23% tax. It is a simple system, it works without an inverter or battery. It can pump water 40 meters uphill, and continues to pump in the early evening, when the sun is hitting the back of the solar panel. We have never had any problems with it. Highly recommended.

Eleanor, when did you buy your pump system? I looked on their website but only see pumps for leachate in landfills and gas well de-watering. No system in their brochure with the number PS2-100.  And it looks like the whole set-up is controlled by the company's Global Management System with a remote command device.  Perhaps they took it off market for "common folk" to buy? Please give more details on how you were able to purchase this.  I have been searching for a long time for a simple solar well pump solution. Thank you.
2 weeks ago
This is soooo cute! What a handy idea. I want to make one. I already have a crate and am thinking it shouldn't be too hard to find tubing and wheels.  Thank you for sharing this!
2 weeks ago
Just thought to share a comment and ideas about the picture with the screen hook. The red cart you see is made of metal frame with canvas cloth. I found a bin that fit inside it perfectly which then holds two 5 gallon pails which I use to carry grey water from kitchen sink out to yard. I used to hand carry the buckets one by one but that got so hard to do! So thankful for this option and idea that came together. Found this cart at the second hand store. I lined the cart with cardboard to keep clean- it lifts out easy and protects the canvas somewhat. The bin is to help catch the water that sloshes out of the buckets as I'm pulling the cart over rough terrain, even with lids on. Found that too at the thrift store just the right size (no lid so it was cheap)! I then just lift out the bin and pour the spilled water on the plants after the buckets are emptied. I use a small container to dip out the water from the full buckets when I don't feel like lifting them out full. The container stores in a corner of the bin as there's space also for small tools like trowel or clippers too if I need them where I'm going.  So handy and a back/arm saver that helps in re-using water too!
4 weeks ago

Jay Angler wrote:

Jeremy Baker wrote:

My engineering son says to stop summer heat from entering, you need to hang "curtains" on the outside - like from the eves. Can you get cheap sheets/curtains from Charity shops in your area? Can you attach them under the eves in a removable way and make each section small enough that they'll flap like flags in the wind, but not actually cause damage or be damaged?

I agree this works. I've done a modified version as follows: On my metal roof patio the awning sticks out from the surrounding screen walls about 2 feet on the west side.  I had hung bamboo curtains on the inside of the patio which I lowered for screening from cold and wind protection in the winter. In the summer when outside I wanted some privacy but putting the curtain down inside seemed restrictive and "boxed in". So I got the idea to hang the curtain outside from the awning roof. I fashioned some metal S hooks and found some small 3 inch pieces of scrap metal with slits which I bent to fit tightly over the outside lip of the metal gutter. Then I put the hook through the slit and hung the curtain. Works nicely! Can store chairs behind to protect from sun scorch. Gives open feeling inside patio and a wind tunnel effect for cooling. Maybe one can extend their eves with brackets made of wood/metal and then use those to hang some hook ups from? Use your imagination and be creative!  If I can do it so can anyone : )

4 weeks ago
Oh sakes that is an enormous root! I never seen the likes of that and so had to look it up. Here's a few ideas on how to use it from Wikipedia:
Marah oreganus are used medicinally by Native Americans. The Chinook make a poultice from the gourd. The Squaxin mash the upper stalk in water to dip aching hands. The Chehalis burn the root and mixed the resulting powder with bear grease to apply to scrofula sores. The Coast Salish make a decoction to treat venereal disease, kidney trouble and scrofula sores.
The dried spiky fruit can be soaked in water so that the spikes can be easily removed. They are difficult to remove otherwise. The hard fruit becomes soft in water and once the spikes are gone, the fruit makes a very efficient loofa.  The tubers of M. fabaceus and M. macrocarpus contain saponins which can act as a natural soap.
The last 2 ideas seem most practical.  If you have the pods, make loofa sponges. Could be given as gifts!  Maybe if the root is grated and dried it can be powdered and used as laundry soap as others have stated.
One of the largest roots excavated at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, weighed 467 lbs.  Now that's scary!

1 month ago
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1 month ago

Joseph Lofthouse wrote:In one of my fields, purslane is a tremendous problem. In every other field, if I see a purslane plant, I pull it up, and hike to the nearest paved roadway, and deposit the plant onto the hot asphalt: To be scorched, and squished. I don't care about the lost nutrients. Seems like a good trade-off.

Too sad Joseph. Purslane is very nutritious. It can be dried and used in powdered form many ways. It will not grow back as readily once pulled - in my experience at least - but I don't know why. I've tried spreading the seeds but they didn't grow either. I've read it's a bi-annual plant. It is frost sensitive. Maybe nature is offering you the opportunity to harvest it and use it or to share it with those who might gain health benefit from it.  I'm thinking of  our fine brother Paul W. here...
1 month ago
Hi Lif, The male goat is called a "billy or buck" and the male sheep is a "ram".  Here's more info but not to confuse further:
You wouldn't think the horns of any species could regrow so fast every year but apparently they do!  I think a lot of the growth depends on how well nourished the animal is and if it's not well-fed the horns will be thinner or less robust.  Every year the horns can get bigger or more in number - hence the 4 and 6 point buck (male deer) antlers. I don't know how high the number can get!  
As for goats, what I read on my previous note (with link attached) said that both male and female goats can be born with the spuds that grow horns (it's a matter of genetics) so they can both sexes have horns or both have no horns.  Farmers prefer the "no horn" genetic breeds for safety reasons but the horns can pop up in later generations and "surprise" the breeder (which is why they now offer genetic testing for goat breeders) so they can help select the desired trait for breeding. I know someone doing this with her flock of goats which she can breed and offer with their "certification".  It is fascinating stuff what they can now test for!
1 month ago

Lif Strand wrote:

Elena Sparks wrote:

Lif Strand wrote:Is he going to change much as he gets older?

Some things will, but the general idea is there. He'll get more muscled, a bigger frame, and larger horns. His fleece will change a bit as well, since it's rare that the fleece stays the same fineness as the sheep ages, but it may not look very different. This is his uncle at Noah's age, vs now as a proven ram at age 3. Forgive the grainy images of him as a lamb, I didn't have my camera at that point.

I know nothing about goats, so let me ask this dumb question. Smoky has big horns in all the photos, even as a lamb. So  how long does it take for horns to grow from birth on, and does the growth rate stay the same throughout a goat's life?

Elena, Sparky is a beautiful ram! Especially those horns add to the regal look!

Lif, let me chime in here...a ram and a goat are two different species altho both are ruminant animals. Male Sheep and either male or female goats can have horns. However, they are two separate species with different characteristics and uses. Elena's animals are sheep, not goats...and since I was not well versed on horns for either species I looked it up. I think Elena's sheep are a Merino breed and have those beautiful curved horns (I was reading her post about rooing which is another fascinating topic). Come to find out that some male sheep breeds like Jacob's sheep can re-grow from 2 to 6 horns yearly!  Their look is most startling! I had never seen a picture of this much less in real life. Wow!  On the other hand, goats (which both the males & females may or may not have horns) and rams loose their horns yearly and regrow them every year. It is another fascinating topic to read up on. So much to learn from the study of animals! Rams' horns get bigger every year for the purpose of defending their herd of ewes and establishing dominance. Here's where I read about rams horns:  Goats and their horns are a bit more complicated and I read a little about that here:  There are many descriptions in Scripture about sheep and goats and so learning about this one aspect helps me to understand the meaning & intent of holy writ also.  Great topic and pics on this forum!
1 month ago