Curtis Schmidt

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What is the smallest and largest size that a rocket mass heater could feasibly be? I would like to make a tiny one for heating a small, outdoor workshop without taking up too much space. Thanks!
I'd like some suggestions on improving my yard (including a lot I own behind my house).  I’ve dug down about a foot in a few spots and I have between 0 and 3 inches of topsoil on top of well packed clay (every time it rains, it’s a swamp for days… there’s little organic to soak up water).  The lot I own behind my house (1/2 acre) was brush hogged and cleared yearly until 6 years ago (it’s been untouched since).  Now it’s got tall weeds, brush, small cedar trees, as well as some fescue mixed in.  Besides a tangled mess of vegetation, and minimal soil, there are deep ruts all over.  It’s impossible to take more than a few steps before stepping in a hidden washed-out spot (great for twisting/breaking ankles).   I don't know if it's clear from the attached picture but the yard & lot have some gentle slopes and dips that I don’t want to get rid of but smoothing out the ruts is a high priority for the family to use.

One person I talked to, suggested disking it multiple times to chop up the plant life that’s there, break up the hard-packed clay, fill in the ruts, and mix it all together.  It seems like the best use of what’s there.  Is there any problems with that idea?  Any other ideas on improving that ground for a better yard?

If disking is best, I assume something will need to be planted there to hold the new ground in place so all the good stuff doesn't just wash away.  I'd like to plant something that would put nutrients in the soil or at least do well at becoming future soil as it decomposes.  What would be good to plant so it’s ready to go for planting grass in the fall?  I live in a somewhat urban area of central Missouri if that helps determine what plants would be ideal.

Thanks!!
13 years ago