Burl Smith

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I think San Francisco was ringed by willows planted 12 " apart  I believe  as a defense from starving cattle.

3 months ago
I discovered a fruit tree started from seed that iguanas leave alone - Mango - until it flowers maybe
3 months ago
I'm using a neighbor's fiberglass dingy for rainwater. It was catching it anyway so I cleaned it and floated styrofoam egg cartons all over the top to deter sunlight and added a further fabric strainer to keep our mosquitoes.

Yeah, the neighbor is OK with it so far.

The trick is to extend the surface area that drains into it, to ensure adequate collection in the drier months.
3 months ago
Pretty much constantly 80F around here so seweed is composting nicely in a bucket, add poop, cover with a little more seaweed, don't pee in this one.

Odd thing, there's meal worms in there. Surfaced 5 months ago, emptied the bucket but didn't rinse it.

Practically no odor.
3 months ago
From
https://communelifeblog.wordpress.com/category/living-energy-farm/

Looks like it could handle Sepp Holzer Rye.

"Simplified Combine
Alexis has been working full time on trying to make our simplified combine harvester work. This machine is important because it is much simpler than any combine harvester ever marketed. It could make small scale grain farming more economical for farmers all over the world. I (Alexis speaking) think it is our most important invention.
At LEF, we made a mistake this year in planting our wheat. We were having disease issues in the variety we were growing previously, so we decided to try a new variety. Unfortunately, we did not do adequate research on the new variety, and now we have a wheat crop that is four to six feet tall. Modern commercial wheat is mostly about 18 inches tall, which is much easier to harvest. This tall stuff at LEF has forced us to modify the intake on our prototype combine. I suppose the silver lining is that we now have a machine that can harvest grain of most any height. "


4 months ago
https://permies.com/t/223095/a/222164/IMG_20230916_171629.jpg

A bottomless bucket under the drain outlet might be convenient for a solar bilge pump
4 months ago
A funny thing about worms is their eggs are indigestible in the birds gut, so they're all over the roof waiting for a rain to wash them down to the gutter and into your garden.
4 months ago
The most prized drum sticks are crafted in Japan from white oak which comes from America cuz they can't harvest their own. So there might be a buyer/shipper for that
5 months ago
In my opinion you need a gate at the top to stop the flow when the water level drops and the pipe starts sucking air.

An inexpensive bilge pump AND a bilge pump float valve (situated conveniently) will do, with the 'T' at the top to prevent passive siphoning.
5 months ago