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jaime88
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jaime88
Wed, Jun. 10th, 2009 02:32 pm

The concept of the Soil Food Web is one that fascinates me. Here are three major books on the topic that look very interesting.

Teaming with Microbes is written for more of a lay audience.

Soil Biology Primer seems an intermediate text.

And The Compost Tea Brewing Manual makes itself look a bit more in depth and technical.

I think I'm answering my own question here before even asking it. I'll get more out of the more technical text.

Anyway for folks interested in re-vivifying the Earth these books should all have something to offer

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Mon, Jun. 8th, 2009 05:07 pm

Went to lunch with friends, on the way I stopped by REI to get some seam sealant for my tent. When I came out as I was getting my bike, I commented to the cyclist locking up next to me that she had a nice cruiser. Which opened the door for her to ask if I had an allen wrench. "why yes I do." Turns out her seat was loose, and so I could fix it with my handy bike tool! Hooray for Bicycle Repair Man! My friends hadn't even ordered by the time I got there.

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Wed, Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:57 pm

Do you like web radio? I've been listening to more and more of it. And while web radio certainly adhere's to Sturgeon's Law, I've found a few diamonds. And the trend for me has been to listen by genre, since that's how they are listed.

If you like ambient music, two of my favorites:
MIxing of Particulate Solids Radio has 3 stations, one of which nearly always finds a harmonious resonance.

and

SEB - Sleepbot Environmental Broadcast is also just amazing for those moments when I'm illin' for some chillin'.

Any suggestions you'd care to make?

Also I really like VLC - Video Lan Client for accessing media. It's open source, doesn't seem to interfere with other .apps, and the only downside is the near complete lack of documentation, for which I can sadly only blame myself.

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Mon, Jun. 1st, 2009 11:23 am

I was at the office, where the buckets lids and compost was, so I filled the buckets, put on the lids and took them home. That's where the drill and the hole cutter blades were located.

I had lids with caps, so I removed the caps, and put a piece of landscape cloth on top of the compost, then replaced the lids.



I drilled the holes:



Then poured in some water, and tucked in a Brandywine tomato start.




They'll hang out in the greenhouse or out in the sun till the starts get established. By which time I'll have gotten around to setting things up at the office so I can suspend them, and add a drip line to each bucket.

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Fri, May. 29th, 2009 06:01 pm

I really appreciate FAIR in general. This article is an excellent reason to support their work.

Giving ex-VP a free ride in torture debate

So Mr. Cheney, how about the legality of the torture which you authorized?

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Fri, May. 29th, 2009 01:06 pm

Every couple years someone asks me about these concepts. I've just found a great site which talks clearly and in detail about these ideas, and I'm putting it here just for my own reference.

At the same time I'm curious, and am ordering a pH meter because I want to do some testing. A bit ago a friend of mine was just being an empiricist, did some pH measurements on RO water from the grocery store, and found the water to be an alarming pH 5. Pure water is supposed to be pretty darned close to pH 7. I talked with the guy who services the RO machines at the local stores, and was, umm, unimpressed with his knowledge of chemistry, shall we say. Nice guy, known him for years, he just lacks much of any background in Chemistry.

Contamination of the water would be necessary to shift it's pH. Even a little. and a jump on a logarithmic scale from 7 to 5? well that's pretty big, considering that the water is supposed to be Reverse Osmosis.

Doubtless I'll have more thoughts to follow on this. And if any of you are just curious enough, have a bit of litmus paper or a pH meter, I'd love to have you test your own water, just to see. "Curiouser and curiouser", claimed Alice.

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Fri, May. 29th, 2009 11:39 am

So I'm all hot for this idea, and I'm trying to figure out how sturdy a hanger I need.

I figure that the '5 gallon bucket part' will weigh no more than 40#'s and if I'm really lucky, what, 10 pounds of tomato's? Call it 60#s for good measure. I've got some dimensional 2X4s that I can make a frame from. But wait, I've already got a frame in full sun - it's supporting my solar hot air panel. And I can run a line from the drip system for each bucket.

Some brandywines and cherokee purples - left over that I can't figure where to plant. I could even start those 4 that ais0 left at the house by way of encouraging him to try the experiment, too.

Bwa ha ha ha! I'll be the Frankenstein of Santa Fe Tomatoes!

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Fri, May. 15th, 2009 12:32 pm

OMG, we got so much done. After I realized that my tomato starts (Brandywine and Cherokee Purple) were way late, and that Stan M. had tons of starts...

Yesterday started at 8 with me and R at Bosque Naturals. We got 10 kinds of tomatoes, two kinds of basil, and a PURPLE OKRA! I should list the types, so this entry may get an edit later.

Put them all in - the ugly varieties - at the office. Being defined as those which are brown, black or fuzzy tomatoes. And the rest at Spruce House. Got the drip system installed at the office!

The office also has carrots, parsley, Tiger ( Couldn't resist them at the seed exchange), and Gold Bush Tepary beans planted.

Maxibel and Tepary beans are up at the house. I'll bring that cold frame over to the office, so the carrots can get a good start.

The North Hops are a Wall 'o Green! The South Hops aren't slacking either.

We've got tons of lettuce, and greens to eat.

I started the left compost pile with weeds and 4 buckets o' poop from the 'sawdust toilet'. Now the right compost can do it's thing.

The garden looks so lush!

Sometimes my best productivity comes with an early start, and by just grabbing a big chunk o' chores and going for it. Starting the day with mint mate' before breakfast probably helped, too.

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Mon, May. 11th, 2009 03:20 pm

I was playing around in the kitchen...

Chia, Spirulina, Tahini treat -

Chia Seed - crack/grind the seed, and soak 1/3 cup in a pint jar. Warm water, stir after five minutes.

Add honey to taste
Add tahini to taste
Add spirulina to taste

Stir till evenly distributed.

And it's a Yummy High Energy Pudding Snack that Aztec Warriors would be happy to trade cacao beans for, maybe.

Yes, it's true I've never written a recipe before. And before you complain that you don't like any or all of these ingredients, realize that you can add any ingredients you like, or eliminate any ingredients you like for a result that's completely customizable to your nutritional needs. However let me caution that it'll be a different recipe, and YMMV!

And remember if it's not mucilaginous it's not CHIA!

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Mon, May. 11th, 2009 12:08 pm

Looks like time for a trip to Bhutan!

I just came across notice of the longest total solar eclipse for the year.

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