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your link and post an the new thread was ok, i dint mind it. i just had laptop problems an counldnt get online .. untill yesterday .. still trying to catch things up here. had almost week worth of purchases in my online store to take care of an get sent out, i like to be fast on the delivery part. the online store is my main income here .. an i only flashed by here now n then for just a second to see if there was any new replies then got off line. being i cant be online very long running a 300 watt power pull constantly.
I have 2 of the first laptops ever made. The screen flips down off the front. It has 2 drives. One you have to put a systems disk in and the other is for your program disc. It's the old floppies. The bendable ones.
They might be worth some bucks to a collector.
Dyson, a George Foreman is one of many brands of an electric indoor grill, with a lid that folds down on top of the food, to grill both sides of the food at the same time in a short period of time. They were really popular 10-20 years ago. Suppose to be healthier cooking, because they are designed to drain away the fat.
Zeinth used to be most known as a major TV manufacturer.
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you'd miss your horses then Cajun, i know i would, wish i had a horse or two here... sure would make gettin around alot easier. plannin on gettin a few goats tho. to clear some thickets an brush .. an maybe for some milk also. horses, cows goats chickens all are good natural ferterlizer hehee grow maters the size of soft balls
You re right about the maters. At the last house, I built a new mater bed from just rotted manure and sawdust. No dirt. The maure pile had been outside for about a year. I moved it and planted in it. I had maters as big as cabbages it seemed like. And a whole lot of 'em. Then I had to move.
My Grand Parents always grew the biggest maters i ever seen, loaded with acid an i mean BIG ones. one slice would hang off all 4 edges of a sammich. never learned all their secrets but i do remember tote'n 5 gallon buckets full of cow manure from the barn lot to the mater patch where she planted her maters for years an years same spot .. never moved em.
omg did i just spend the afternoon reading a thread or a mini novel? i've been humored, depressed, and inspired all at the same time. so many memories of the older ways, when being self sufficient wasn't a choice. how i wish i had learned to make mom's wild grape jelly and granny's biscuits. how i wish i could get off this asphalt jungle and back in the country again. i miss the rabbitts, chickens, and hogs and fresh veggies, being outside by the fire at night in the fall, clearing new ground. listening to the owls and black (yes black) panthers at night. i'd given up on ever being able to live that way again but the way things are going it looks like once again we may not have a choice. i'm so glad i found this thread. so freedom, mind if i pick your brain since you apparently had enough sense to pay attetion to what your elders were doing? how do you make wild grape syrup? how do you salt your meat? fresh, smoked and salted mullett were a staple at our house (still are) but for some reason the salted fish never come out right. seems no matter how much salt i use i wind up with fish in a crock full of water that gets a scum on top. moms were always dry. you had to scrape the salt off and soak em overnight. what am i doing wrong? thanks to all for a great afternoon.
if making wild grape suryp is like makin muskidine suryp .. i never add water . just sugar it up like you would makin jelly .. an cook it down till the consitency gets kinda thick but not so thick to make jelly .. thats the only way ive ever made it .. if you want it tangy'r less sugar .. it'll taste like fresh fruit then. different taste for different folks ...
as far as the salted meats go .. i usualy smoke mine, wrap it in cheese cloth an store it in the salt box covered with lots of salt .. after makin sure its as dry as possible before covering it with salt. an yes .. dry'n out the meat before store'n it makes alot of difference on it lasting and being dry when ready to use. the salt will actualy finish cure'n the meat an pulling all the mosture from it.
maybe that'll help you out some .. an glad your enjoy'n the thread :-)
also i'd like to mention .. due to some phone line issues .. an my dsl .. i may come up MIA for a few days ... kinda like they wont move a line that i told em not to put there beside one of my two bridges on my driveway in, that im gonna have to work on, an somehow da line is gonna get 'cut' or 'broken' or just ripped out hehee .. but it'll take em a few days to get it repaired as always .. some people just never listen ... so yawl dont worry bout me .. ill be back as soon as 'they' fix it right .. LOL
yeah i could tie the ends back in an emergency ... but then i wont get to "bless them out" like they need for not listening in the first place .. hahaa
yeah i know i go along way to prove a point .. hehee so ill be repair'n a bridge this week ..
Got some plastic up on the porch - North and South ends, the East side (longest run @ 22 feet) will wait until the weather starts to turn cold for the winter, late November or early December. Have not gotten back to the truck starter, but I am taking the last part of the week off work, so I guess it will hold until Wednesday.
sounds like you got a grip on it Dyson... like me i like to look back over the day an see if what i did has been or was productive an that i can smile about it before goin to bed..
i was always taught to do whats right .. be happy for every day .. make every day count and never do anything that you cant look into the mirror at the end of the day an face yourself .. leads to a very peacefull life. do what you have to do .. but harm none ...
freedom, thanks for the info. perhaps adding the water is where i,ve been doing it wrong. do you brine your meats before you smoke them? i think i'm gonna try and salt some mullett after they're smoked but they're pretty oily this time of the year. would that make a difference? good luck w/ the phone line. the idiots wanted to run mine straight through my garden till i asked where to send the bill for getting the cable out of the tines of my tiller.
yeah i'd leave off the water, an i always soak my meats in brine then dry em off as much as possible before smoking them. altho i never smoked fish.. mostly beef, pork, deer an the ocasional goat .. hehee .
also today i worked on forming the raceway for my waterwheel generator .. hopefully work on the mount tomorrow if it dont rain, finaly some rain in the forecast .. wooo hooooooooo
so if it does it'll be ok too. dang im easy to please ..
The starter is on the truck - and it actually starts. While installing it noticed some wiring that needs some attention but that can wait until Friday. Got to get the new tarp over the shed before it rains, and tomorrow a long time customer is dropping off a laptop. Good thing I took some time off work, I'll need to go back to recuperate,
Good for you! That's something we (collectively) don't do enough: give Thanks... for the day, the herbs, the wildlife, the sun, moon, stars, air, leaves, grass... all that Nature provides, every moment of every day.
so very true, we were never given promise of tomorrow... so be Thankfull for every pass'n second we spend here. and always stop an smell the roses, see the the one solitary flower ... butterfly or bug .. all of nature is a wonder, a miracle within its self.
and WE are over see'rs of it all.
(Side Note: yes, people collect old computers. I am of the geeky persuation and know several of my counterparts who collect them. It is a weird badge of honor to say which was the oldest computer you ever worked on or owned...)
Mine was a Commodore 64--or a Texas Instruments TRS80 but I have no idea what happened to them.
It is amazing to think that back then a Cray "super" computer was immersed in dry ice to keep it cool and cost over a million dollars. Now the $500 computer we use out performs the old Cray.
i totaly agree on the pole drivers an steel post, only thing i was setting a 14 foot post 8 inches in dia. 4 feet deep into the ground for a support to mount my waterwheel on. no other way around it. LOL i paid for it tho with my back an shoulders... luckly i already had blisters or calouses on my hands .. hehee, now to hang the cross brace an get my waterwheel in there and get ready for the fall n winter rains . which i hope is coming soon. kinda like Tim the Toolman Taylor .. argggggggggg MORE POWER hehee
Trouble is, I can't even LIFT the pole drivers, let alone pound a T-post into our rocky ground with it. Now if post-hole diggers had things you could step on, like on a shovel, so I could put my weight on them, that would help.
a pole driver is nothing more than a heavy peice of pipe a couple feet long with one end capped off with handles on each side .. slide it over the post raise it up and slam it down... even in hard soil it works pretty well .. ... rocks on the other hand .. totaly different story..
Azgrammie,, i totaly agree ... Country wimmen are awesome .. LOL
You can do a pretty good job beating yourself up trying to drive a T-post in the ground around here when it's dry... lots & lots of clay. Of course, when it's wet, you can pull the T-post out by hand... a fact which has not escaped my donkey's notice.
Been spending the evening getting caught up on all y'alls doin's... woof, amazing!
im gonna try and download my pictures tomorrow an post em here of the raceway that i told Dyson i'd post, which is still layin on the ground, it'll go in after the wheel is mounted below the dam .. and the waterwheel mount that i finished today, was wanting to get it installed today, but i ran short of time .. so maybe tomorrow .. if not i'll be monday.
just use a good quality potting soil or seed starting mix, sprinkle the seeds on top of the soil an mist them every day keep the soil wet but not soggy, also the temps has to be 65 deg an up to about 80. in 7 to 14 days you should see some little sprouts. and keep them in a sunny place... bout all there is to it.
i use the tip of a knife blade or a bamboo skewer to move em an transplant em into seperate cups. then after about a week after transplanting em turn loose the miracal grow on em. and keep misting them untill the first true leaves grow, a week or so after then adult leaves apear you can plant em out into the garden or field ...
its been a long drawn out project for sure, ill be happy to see it finished and spinning also... means i can move on to my next big project. well next 2 big projects .. my big windmill and my outdoor wood burning furnace for central heat in the cabin to all rooms .. creature comfort ..
We have no running streams here- too bad...it would sure be nice. We did find a huge lake way behind us on the tax assessor's aerial map today. It might be fun to find a new fishing hole! Our pond has nice eating fish but the pond is too small to have to depend on for a source of protein. Actually, I plan to start landscaping one side (closest to the road) to try and make the entrance way to our farm nicer. I can only do it if my hubby is there. I am terrified of snakes. Ever since that moccasin chased me. There are no gators in it now that I can see. I just need some decent dirt. We are sitting on a coral rock shelf. You have to use a jackhammer to pound thru it, then dig or the roots can't get thru. Meaning after you plant you have to replace all the removed rock with soil. It's alot of work to plant something but the beauty makes it well worth the effort.
I am hoping our next project is a smokehouse. Hunting here is plentiful. Our swamp buggy is broke down so hunting on ATVs is about it.
Do you hunt, Sailer?
sounds like a very beautiful place you have there cyberageous, even a small pond can provide lots of fish if they are fed and took care of, my pond is maybe 1/2 acre and it provides lots of fish, catfish, bream and bass.
now sitting on a coral shelf is something ive never had to deal with, guess its kinda like our bedrock here, LOL i grow more rocks than anything else .. hehee takes along time to get a small garden spot up an ready, even when i think i got all the rocks n root out more just appear from nowhere...
also, you can never go wrong with a smoke house, very good plan of action yawl have planned out there, my best wishes to yawl.
and yes i hunt, its kinda like second nature to me, hunt, fish, foragae .. you name it .. use to do some trappin also but i havent in along time, just not a very humane kill . i dont like makin nothing suffer ne longer than i have to. i usualy make headshots on my kills also .. sometimes they are dead while still standing before they fall ... just colapse to the ground. i like it that way. fast an as painless as posible
LOL actualy the creek is dried up for now .. i have it blocked off up stream an diverted into another creek, and with all the dry weather we've had its totaly dry. ill turn what water is up there loose when i get it finished
this one usualy runs year round.. i deverted it, then it stopped rain'n, now its dry .. first time i can ever remember it being this dry. there wasnt even a mudhole in it, now there's some water in it we had a day with 2 inches of rain .. LoL
more work on the waterwheel today, hopefully be installing the raceway soon and mounting the alternator/generator (PMA) on it and maybe crank out a few amps of power. also cut n tote'd in firewood .. dang cold weather hehee
It was sunny yesterday and today but still chilly with a cold wind blowing. We had a frost this morning. It was right at freezing. Took the blankets off the horses today when it warmed up but put them back on this evening. Calling for 36 in the morning.
Thought you might like this pic. It's the Russel Fork River. It runs through the deepest canyon east of the Grand Canyon. Only about 25 minutes from my house.
worked on the waterwheel today, angle iron braces on the back side of the tracks for support all bolted in. also put the rollers on my brackets to go on my sawmill, where it'll roll along on the carriage ... an yes pic's will be coming soon.
Ditto on Veteran's Day . I appreciate all service past and present. We owe a debt of gratitude to those willing to serve and give their all. My Dad was a veteran. I have a nephew who is a veteran and a nephew who is a marine stationed in Hawaii. He has been to Iraq 4 different times. I hope he does not have to go back. His life has not been easy but he feels good knowing he has helped the oppressed have a better life. And we cannot forget to thank the families of the service men and women. They serve also in a different capacity.
You are welcome. It's really pretty around these parts. Not right now, though. Very drab and a bit depressing right now.
I'd love to see some more pics of your place. Wish i could be living a more sustainable life but I'm afraid my time has passed me by. I just have to get satisfaction out of doing the few things I can. I like growing my own veggies even though I can't grow enough to take us through the winter. I like having my own chickens for eggs and meat, goats for milk, cheese, butter and meat. We raised our own pigs and ended up with enough meat for a year. I'd like to get back into rabbits but I'll wait until after winter.
A friend of ours brought us a deer. I boned it all out and put it in the freezer. I kept out a shoulder roast to cook Sunday and some trimmings to grind. Thinking about mixing some of it with some pork sausage. Going to make Bambi Bites out of the back strap. Mmmm
now that sounds like a plan, hard to beat fresh deer meat, today is open gun season here on deer, matter of fact i think every hunting season is in now other than turkey .. we dont have a fall season but we have a spring season, which i think is kinda dumb bein they are laying an nesting in the springtime. but they "think" they know what their doing LOL ..
ill get around to posting more pictures of my place soon, fall colors are passin into the drab as you call it.. still some pretty leaves around tho .. an only the acre where my cabin is setting is the only part cleared, the rest is deep woods mostly hardwoods with a few pine thickets ... ill try to get some new pic's up an posted soon tho ..
oh yes... time hasnt past you by if your still breathing, just do it one thing at a time .. ill give up when they plant me 6 feet under. LOL but then ill see the place God has prepaired for me to spend eterenty in. now talk about self sufficent .. we dont know nothing yet ... heheee
Happy Thanksgiving! We had a very good day. Sadly we could not be with family but we were invited by good friends to share the day with their family and it was very nice. Great food and great friends. And the Saints won!!!!!! LOL
Hope your day was a very good one too. Did you kill a turkey?
Brrrrrrrrrrrr someone left the a/c on or something .. LOL saw something strange yesterday morning .. 3 flocks of geese headed "north" ... weird for Dec. in Alabama they usualy head South all winter then back north in the spring ... maybe winter is gonna pass us by down here hehee... one could only wish ..
my waterwheel's first test... no generator mounted to it yet. an the raceway isnt even cemented in... its just kinda hangin over the dam... more water going around and under it than going to the wheel, just a trickle hitting the wheel, but its turning around 30 rpm with quite alot of tourqe... more pic's to come soon and more test an results ...
woooo hooooooooooooooooo hehee
i hope when its finished i can muster 60 rpm's from it, thats my goal. an the 10 to 1 ratio it'll give me the rpm's and the tourqe will increass also to make my generator put out at medium power range .. so less water i can still get ok power from it .. an more water it'll make more... but ill be happy with what i can get from it... after all ... even a little bit is better than none ..
kewl info Darius,
ive used a coil pump here on a small waterwheel upstream when i first built my cabin, worked like a charm too. untill a flood took it out one nite when i wasnt here. ill probably build another when i finish some other projects
It had almost gone dry before the big rain last week. There were a couple of big rock trucks up on the strip job where the creek originates and I think they did something to hinder the water. Our well is muddy now too. Grrr
Have I mentioned I HATE cold weather?!!! It was 4* this morning but no precip. The sun is shining now so I need to get out and get to work. Lots of water buckets to melt. That takes all day.
DH is having a heart cath done on Tuesday. They are trying to figure out why they can't keep his BP down. I will have to feed in the dark Tuesday night and we are supposed to get bad weather again starting on Sunday. Please say a prayer for us both.
We had about that much and while it's pretty to look at, it's miserable to work in. Just makes everything harder. We have 2 horses in a barn on top of a mountain. The county is hit and miss with the salting and scraping up there and we have not been able to get to them to feed them. It is very nerve wracking. I have not had a good day.
Merry Christmas to everyone, little bit late but its been a rush rush here at Santa's Workshop, hahaa try making presents for 15 grandkids an cooking also. life is good tho. now the days will be gettin longer also.
God Bless Everyone
We have about 10" of snow now. Couldn't get to 4 of the horses yesterday but we were able to get to them today and gave them extra hay. A friend went with his 4 wheeler and blade and scraped the road for us.
Tomorrow is going to be a hard day for me. DH goes for his heart cath in the morning. He has to be there at 8 so he will leave here at 7. I will have to do all the feeding and carry water to everything then get a church member to bring me to the hospital to get Steve. I would much rather go with him in the morning but it's not possible to do that and get all the work done after.
thats a nice version of an undershot wheel .. an yes i'd say kinda a combo because the race way an the water strikes the wheel before it reaches the bottom of the cycle. a true undershot just kinda 'rides' on the water current.
It was cold here today but the sun was shining. Got another tarp up on the goat house. Just have 1 open end now. Supposed to start snowing tomorrow. Gave away a game cross roo today. Was supposed to trade a few chickens but we had a flat on the truck and it had to come first. Have to have it in the snow. Hope I can get my trading done before snow gets too bad. Trading 2 bantam hens for a young EE hen and another pullet. Giving away some more game roos too. Be so glad to get rid of them. They are pretty but they are a pain to keep seperated.
I did get the ckickens traded, 3 bantam hens for an EE hen and a black sex link hen. If the weather is not too bad tomorrow I hope to get the roos traded too. Actually, I am giving them away. No snow yet but supposed to start later tonight.
Dh's heart cath went great. NO blockages. But his BP was still high and erratic. They changed one of his meds. It has been good for the last several days, thank the Lord.
Trading went well. Got my BSL and my EE hens into the pullet pen. There was a bit of a pecking order dispute but all is well tonight. I still have to bring him the game roos. 3 of them. Will be so glad to get rid of them. They are pretty but a pain. I have no use for them as I do not fight them and they are not good for much else.
Been snowing here most of the day but it's been light and dry so not bad. Started to change after dark but the trucks are out scraping and salting. Praying it does not get bad.
my waterwheel is hooked up .. but still havent mounted the generator on it yet, i posted a vid. of it turning on f/b under the same name i use here .. anyone is welcome to view it and add me also if yawl wish.
way kewl on your DH's reports an cath. also on the chicken trade'n hehee
they are callin for 4 to 6 inches of snow here Sunday nite an monday ..
dangit ..im ready for spring time NOW. hahaaa
I have 2 mares up there. Water is no problem because they have a creek but there is nothing for them to eat. The county scraped the road to the bottom of the last hill before the barn. A friend scraped the last hill with the blade on his 4 wheeler this morning but the road was covered again so we had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up with the feed.
All but 1 horse is fed. Still have to let him out so I can clean his stall. Then I will feed and water him. He has had half his hay this morning.
Still have to feed the chickens and goats but I am letting my feet warm up a bit.
free...spent many hours reading both your threads over wknd. what a wonderful way to live! no, i don't live even in a small way any of this...well in my mind, always had the want. but life happened and at almost 68 i can only do it vicariously thru you and other wonderful poster's. but like i tell God...no mansion for me, please...a log cabin in the woods is my idea of Heaven!!!
well, circumstances then...3 yrs.ago i was unexpectedly given a precious 12yr. old...then married a much younger Marine! we've been in TX for a year now but no guarantees we won't be moved. so...and yes i am worn-out keeping up !!!! but still do what i can to leave our leased home better then when we got here...never hesitate to plant trees, shrubs, etc.
Nice to meet you Kan. Sure hope you will join in on our conversations. Most of us are just doing what we can toward the dream. Some are actually living it like Freedom Sailor but the rest of us keep chipping away at life and doing what we can. Improving our little worlds as much as we can.
Thank you so much. We are doing a bit better. Til we have to walk up a hill. LOL
I do love my chickens. I am getting a few eggs now. Makes it not hurt quite as much when I have to shell out big bucks for chicken feed. I know I could buy eggs cheaper in town but they wouldn't be healthier nor taste as good. And I'd have to pay for entertainment also cause my girls are sure entertaining. Not to mention all the time I spend doctoring them for one thing or another. Get to fulfill my dream of being a vet. LOL
Speaking of, the little game roo I have in the living room is doing a lot better. One eye is open and he can see fine out of it. I need to soak his head again tonight and get the other one open. I had it open once. I think if I get it open again it will stay open as the swelling has gone down. Don't know what I am going to do with the little beggar. All he wants to do is fight. He is a pitiful sight. His head is naked and he looks like a burn victim. His name is Scar and he has lived up to it.
Don't remember if I told you guys, but I have Miracle in the house too. She is the BSL (black sex link) pullet that survived the dog attack. She started laying. Anyhoo, she decided to molt at the worst possible time. She'd freeze out there with no feathers so I have her inside in a big plastic tub. She layed her egg in the tub yesterday. My LR is chicken central. Go ahead. Shake your heads. I hear ya'll laughing at me. I could write a book. You'd really laugh if you could hear Scar let out his little high pitched crow early in the mornings. Town crier with his nekkid head self.
Sailor, I looked for the video of the water wheel on FB but didn't see it. I saw a still pic. I'll look again. Did you go to my page and look at the video I poster of us driving down the mountain on the snow covered road? Check it out.
This pic is at the barn 2 days ago. Had to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up.
Pouring the snow here again. Are you getting snow there, Freedom? My cousin in Anniston, Al put a video on her FB page of the kids sliding down the frozen street in front of her house. One little girl was in one of those small wading pools. Looked like they were having fun.
i hope its finished snowin now. first day of sunshine here sence friday, but everything is still white, need more sun and temps above freezing 16 for a low last nite an 31 today .. with 13 forcasted for a low in the morning .. brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I WANT SPRINGTIME .. hehee
I cannot imagine how much wood you are going through with these temps. Here more people use coal than wood. It burns really hot and you have to have a special stove or heater for it but you don't burn as much and it burns for a long time. I don't guess there is a lot of coal down that way.
people down here have got too "soft" to use much coal an wood for heat other than the very poorest people with no other means of heat, (cant afford the high ele. or gas bill) we have some of the largest coal mines in the nation, less than 100 miles from here .. its still used in the steel mills in B'ham. to make steel an the founderies. some people have installed outside wood an coal burning furnaces tho. heats their homes and their water. "the smart ones" LOL
I did not realize there were coal mines there. Strip and underground mining? Would coal be feasibile for you? You should see when a coal truck turns over here. People are on it like vultures on a ripe carcass. Next winter's heat for free!!
LOL yeah, i can see that happening, but i'd rather be self reliant on wood than having to buy and haul in coal. they strip mine most of it . there's very few underground mines. they found it cheaper an safer to just strip mine it.
Good thinking. Clearing the dead and diseased stuff will lessen your chance of fire too. A woods fire where you are would be a scarey thing. Do have precautions in place in that event? Something to think about. (can you tell I am a retired fire fighter?) LOL
yep i could detect a note of a fireman in there, hahaa an a woods fire here would be bad indeed, nothing can get in here unless its a bulldozer or a chopper .. i do have the creek an the water an a pump .. all i could do is soak down my cabin an yard as far as i could an as much as i could .. bout my only line of defence
If you have a gasoline powered water pump you can hook a fire hose to you should do well providing you can reach all the cabin with the stream of water. Soak down the roof first and hit the walls periodically. Soak the wood good. You should think about clearing a good sized perimeter around the cabin and digging a fireline. The fireline should be kept free of combustible debris. It should keep a ground fire from crossing if it's moving slow. You could also do controlled burns on the outside of the fireline to keep a woods fire from having fuel next to your fireline. If you do this pick a very calm day and make yourself a "flap" to beat the fire out with if it gets too fast or gets where you don't want it. They sell flaps but they are easily made. It's a wooden handle with a big square of flat rubber on the end to flap out the fire. Rural departments use them a lot.
There is no way to defend against a wind driven fire traveling through the tree tops. You'd just have to keep soaking the cabin down in that case. A bunch of us got caught in one of those fires one time. It came through the tree tops faster than we could run. We hunkered down in waterfilled skidder ruts in a logging road. It was an awesome experience. Really got the blood pumping. Man, I miss fire fighting!!!!
There was a man named Johnny Rebeck, invented a machine,
For grinding things to sausage meat and it was run by steam.
Now all the neighborhood dogs and cats will never more be seen,
They've all been ground to sausages by Johnny Rebeck's machine.
Oh golly Mr Johnny Rebeck how could you be so mean?
We told you you'd be sorry for inventing that machine.
Now all the neighborhood dogs and cats will never more be seen.
They've all been ground to sausage meat by Johnny Rebeck's machine.
One day a little boy came walking in the store.
He bought a pound of sausages and laid them on the floor.
Then he began to whistle and he whistled up a tune.
All the sausages they jumped and barked and danced around the room.
Oh golly Mr Johnny Rebeck how could you be so mean etc
One day the thing got busted, the darn thing wouldn't go.
And Johnny Rebeck he crawled inside to see why it was so.
His wife she had a nightmare, was walking in her sleep.
She gave a yank and turned the crank and Johnny Rebeck was meat.
did some test on the waterwheel saturday, decidin which alternator (generator) iwanna mount on it .. easy to get up to 2 amps off either one of em .. but with some gearin i might be able to get more .. also i think i need to add weight to the wheel its self .. maybe gain some torque .. still experimenting LOL just a lil update
rained today so i worked on the generator mount for the windmill, got it ready to bolt on an mount the generator, changed pulleys on the windmill also .. went from a 2.5 in to a 6 in. .. with 6 on the rotor and a 1 in. pulley on the generator gives me a 6 to 1 ratio .. more rpm's more amps output .. LOL
Sailer, sounds like you maybe need to run some wires all the way to your neighbors, and then you can charge them for the electricity!
Wish I could figure out a way to charge batteries using our windmill. It is a big Aeromotor, and has been pumping sweet fresh water from 150 ft down, for 35 years.
Today was a great sunny day, (about 50 degrees) and I spaded a couple rows so I can plant peas tomorrow, if it doesn't rain. We have had a hard freeze, so the ground is really 'fluffy'. I turned up lots of earthworms, so that is a good sign.
i'd love to make more power than i could store or use, that would be total freedom on running what i wanted when i wanted instead of having to keep an eye on my useage.
LOL Thistledome Power Co. hahaaa i'd give it to my nabors which would be my Bro. my Mom an my Aunt, an a couple of my kids ..
also that big Aeromotor would crank a generator an charge batterys with no problem at all, my windmill is a wood/iron version of the Aeromotor windmill. because its a tried an proven standard for old fashion windmills .. they may not spin as fast as the new designs but they sure crank out some serious torque.
it has been a busy busy week, im hope'n if it dont rain to raise my windmill monday, its all ready ... then hook it an crank out some power, an cross one more project off the list and move on to the next ..
I'm glad I found this place, seems like a lot of info on alot of stuff I want to know about. Love the water wheel! I built a decrative wheel for a guys restraunt a few years back. Maybe it's time to make the real deal. Bought a place outside Crofton, Ky, no electric or water, or anything for that matter. Except an old camp trailor and a few apple trees and grape vine I planted. Lots of deer, turkeys, and rabbits by the tons. Hope to build a small cabin and get it set up so I can someday be there full time.
Great pics F-S. I look forward to putting one together myself. I've seen the blades also made out of 4" pvc pipe cut into 1/4's, seemed yo work pretty good. is that a car alt.? My dad told me about my grandfather using a car alt on his windmill to produce enough electric for him and my granma to listen to the radio, that was back when they were in their early years(no electric on their place). Anyway, I think it's pretty cool how you put yours together. Is that a tree off your place that you milled down for a post?
yeah i cut it off the hillside .. made a 5x7 outta it with my chainsaw .. LOL
Cajun, made from new parts that i just had layin around for such purposes .. and right now its wired into a battery bank of its own for testing. once thats finished ill wire it into my my big bank of batterys.
yeah kinda like osb. but its Masonite siding rated for outdoor use, the other side is finished an sealed with factory primer coat, it'll get painted before long.. i have some carbon graphite material .. but i dint wanna cut it not knowin for sure if the design would work like i wanted.
cajun- its about 30 miles north of Ft. Campbell, we bought it because we needed a place for the horses when we PCS'd there from Tx. Then after spending some time on the place, I fell in love with the remoteness. It's old reclaim, and no-one within miles, I love it.
Sailor- did you use an alaskin? Got one from a buddy, realy like it. Takes some setting up, but beats cutting freesaw'd. Still like it alot
A rough draft sounds like a fine idea. That angle iron looks like bed rails. We use them for lots of stuff.
What kind of batteries do you use and where do you keep them? I saw a couple who were on solar power with a small wind turbine for extra power
and they kept their bank of batteries in one of those big plastic bins you buy that look like a little shed you put on your deck. They had excavated into the hillside, built their house in it and put the dirt back on 3 sides. The front of the house was big sliding glass doors and the roof was metal. Their panels were on the roof which was almost flat and it was a metal roof. They lived on a mountaintop in NE TN.
Got Mo. Foxtrotters, and I'm down to 3, lost my old mare last fall. Sure hated that! She was a bay mare , and I would breed her to my black stud, and seems they always threw buckskins, gonna miss that! You guys get a lot of snow and ice yet?
Hey Sailor, I have a genarater that has a busted crank in the motor, do you think a guy could hook up windmill blades and produce any thing with that, or would the rpms be to low? same thing for a water wheel? gotta use it for something and dont want to buy a new crank or motor.
We have had a lot of snow and ice but thank the Lord we have not lost power this winter. The last few days have been nice.
We have 9 horses. All but 2 are racking horses. Never rode a MFT but hear they are nice. Ours are TWH, TWH/RMH X, KMP/Standardbred X ,
TWH/Percheron X, mini and a racking pony. The draft X is a WTC horse and the mini pulls my cart. I will be breaking the racking pony to ride in a few months.
Sailor, what is your weather like the last few days? Ours has been really nice but we are supposed to get rain. I worked on my garden today. You looking to plant anytime soon?
Cajun, that sure sounds like a lot of mouths to feed! I like the foxtrotters because they do it all. some of the origionals that I rode were from some realy strong walking horse lines. Most of my stock goes back to Zane grey, midnight sun breeding.
we have been in the 70's for the last two weeks down here so I've got all my cool weather stuff planted and all my warm weather already going inside the house in pots. Cant wait to get them in the dirt!
My horses are still there in Ky, I plan on coming up as soon as the weather warms up, up there. The little camp trailor I got on my place aint known for retaining heat, so I'm gonna wait a little bit. Gonna work on my cabin, and see some buddies redeploying from afganastan. Build a big fire, drink a cold beer, and play music untile our fingers bleed.
so far all my wood has been free sawed, but i have a portable sawmill in the works, still gettin parts togather to finish it up.
really depends on what size generator it is and what size engine it had on it. but you can get some power from one, doubt it'll be the 120 volts. still useable if you rectify it into dc an charge batterys with it.
i use 12 deep cycle batterys at 115 amps each. they are in an enclosure in the corner of my kitchen (well ventilated to the outside, an my power panel with all my meters an such are above the enclosure on the cabin wall.
and the weather has been awsome up untill this mornin, started raining .. but its bringin WIND with it also .. 20 mph with higher gust for two days an one nite before settling down again, good test weather for the windmill hehee
more like golf cart batteries, but 12 volts instead of 6 volts .. golf cart batteries is the way to go tho.. thats what im goin to when i replace mine ...
yeah, windmills will keep moles out of your gardens for sure
Those little wind mills work real good for keeping the groung squirells out of our garden down here also. would probably work for deer and rabbits as well.
Sailer, its and olderTroy built, had a 12 horse B&S on it. To get dc out of it I could just come straight of the winding wires that come out of the case right?get rid of the 110 plugs?
the output off the windings are still ac voltage, you'd have to use a bridge retifier to convert it to dc if you were gonna charge batterys with it... all the gen's put out ac usualy 120 volts at 3600 rpm. some of the onans put out 120 at 1800 ..
Hey Sailer, meant to ask you, do you do any blacksmithing? I started a new thread under the artist area for blacksmithing. I make about anything, welding and bllacksmithing, and even some casting with alum. Tried to do a little smelting with a bunch of nails that came out of about a billion pallets that we've burnt. That didnt turn out so well, but I'm looking forward to trying it again with a few modifications.
actualy im a machinist by trade .. so ive done some of bout everything you can do with metal at one time or the other .. always wanted to try casting tho .. maybe something i can do when i kinda get caught up here with my other projects ... LOL
another iron in the fire .. LOL pun intended .. heheee
I worked at a shop in Mo where I got to play with a mill, loved it! Gonna try to build a Gingery mill with my castings, Bruce Metzger has got a good book on home smelters.
I wish I was back in my place so I did'nt have to concern myself with neighbers. They dont care much for my blacksmithing or smelting!
LOL kewl, never thought of usein a vac/blower hose for that. very interesting very kewl idea also. good luck on your mill and castings. yeah i love being out here in no mans land .. nothing better.
Beautiful here today. 50ish and no wind to speak of. Worked in long sleeves. Hope it lasts. Sure does my muscles good.
Here is my SFG beds. I have now got the 3rd and final layer of pavers on both beds. I need to get them filled now and they will be ready for spring planting. Still need to finish filling the wooden half barrel and the plastic half barrel. I will use them to grow my sugar snap peas and my yard long beans on tepees. I was going to use 3 oples on each tepee but was reading the peas can be grown just 2" apart so I will put more poles, 6 or possibly 8, in the pea barrel and 3 in the bean barrel. Tomatoes will go in the smaller containers and eggplant in the 2 bales. The plastic barrel is the white blob in the right foreground of the pic. Sorry the pic is not better. It was taken well after dark.
sorry sailor but i just can't help but enjoy one of the few days we getdown here that you can be outside and be comfortable. most of the time it's hot and humid except for when a cold front moves through, then it's cold and blowing 30 mph out of the north for 3 days. then it goes right back to hot and humid. we have very few nice days. those idiots in washington who want to raise the retirement age need to come down here and spend a day working on a roof or asphalt and see if they think they can do that till they're 70. i'm betting they can't make it past noon.
all these are connected to my solar panels, im goin to weed out the weak batteries i replaced an keep the best ones for the windmill and waterwheel generator .. also ...
i have a new windmill on the drawing board now, LOL another project
yeah i like my independence from the system, when i built this cabin the closest power line was over a mile away .. LOL an its still over a mile away .. dont want it down here. an surely dont need it.
Do the batteries have to be a special kind or can you use car batteries? Our diesel truck has 2 big honkin batteries and even they won't start the diesel engine if the block warmer is not plugged in on cold nights.
good info there Darius ... i wont ever go with the wally world el cheapo's again .. but they lasted 5 years of extra hard service i abused em pretty bad. cant really complain but .. you get what you pay for...
Perhaps with the economy so bad, there may be more golf carts being abandoned/trashed... which means more deep-cycle batteries? On the other hand, folks who can afford to play golf and use a cart may not be feeling the pinch so much... yet.
spent today changing out my belts and pulleys on the waterwheel to chains an sprockets, just gotta get a longer chain now an get it hooked back up. the chain will have less drag than the v belt an pullys i was running ..
also tapered my blades on the windmill this afternoon to get some more tip speed from them ..
not as much as i'd like... also the post/tower i got it mounted on will go soon as i get my 66 foot free standing tower took down from my other place an hauled over here .. im not gonna stick it 66 feet in the air .. the tower is in three 22 feet sections im gonna use em seperately an have probaby 2 windmills an one for my tv antenna . .. man's gotta have some entertainment ya know ... LOL an im tired of watching only 2 channels
yes i do but its too far away, and there's more trees up there than down here on the hillside.
putting taper in the blades also did what i expected it speed'd it up alot. lookin into some lighter material for the new blades, when ever i find it. hahaa not sure what im looking for right now but i'll know it when i see it. LOL RECYCLE something
yeah, i was thinking bout useing some 4 or 6 in. to make some out of, i made em before outta 4in. for smaller windmills, find me some sch. 40 6 in stuff ...
spent today haulin in 8 in. cement blocks to build my dam up an seal in my raceway, got the side next to the cabin finished, gonna do the far side tomorrow. then close my gate an let the creek fill back up an give the waterwheel a good test run, got rain headin this way in a couple of days.
with the water flow you have in your creek you could make some good power with just alittle bit of work, maybe not enough to run your home on, but enough to reduce your power bill some. an maybe have lights n such in places you dont have now. like your barn or other out buildings etc ... also you could install a spiral pump or ram pump an have automatic watering for your animals an chickens .. something to think about for sure ...
If we owned this place I would have already looked into it but it's the parsonage for the church. It would be nice to have some lights at the chicken yard and the goat shed that wouldn't add to the power bill. I wish I knew something about electricity.
couple of shots of the block work on the dam, got em ruffed in an sealed, just gotta cement in some more big rock behind them for support, then fill em up with dirt to within an inch of the top and cap em off with some cement to make em look pretty LOL ...
view no. 2, also another block has been added to the far side past the gate/overflow had to dig out into the bank to get it set in an cemented. LOL i cant draw a straight line .. nither can i lay blocks straight. haha .. there was a reason i laid em like i did tho, they work better with the flow of the water out the gate arranged like that. an the lip left in front of em will give me something to lay flat rock against an cement em to it all to cover up the cement blocks ... sometime in the future
Good job! How deep is the water in front of the dam?
I have been thinking about this today. Is this right? The water turns the wheel. The wheel turns the belt/chain. The belt/chain turns the motor/generator. The motor/generator makes the power. The power runs through wires hooked to the battery bank where it is stored until it is used. Do you have to have an inverter to be able to move the stored power from the batteries to whatever uses it? What exactly is an inverter?
An inverter takes DC power , converts it and makes it available for use as AC power (standard household power). I have one in my truck that plugs into the cigarette lighter and powers my laptop or cell phone charger while I'm driving.
You would not need an inverter if what you are powering can run off of DC power, but most folks don't have DC stuff :)
right now in front of the dam the water is only about 2ft. deep.
and your "thinking" is correct Cajun. thats exactly how it works ...
i use an inverter, it changes the 12 volt dc into 120 volt ac, thats what your standard plugs have in your house for standard applances, but you dont have to have an inverter to use the power stored, if for lights an such, just use 12 volt lights or 12 volt pumps an such.
yeah i agree with you there, but the natural ledge of the dam was in that shape of my dam so i dint wanna fool with Mother Nature's design too much other than raise'n it higher to where i could put my wheel in. LOL there's always a reason to my madness hehee.
i recycled my generator from an old 120 volt air compressor. its a permament magnet dc motor. works good for a generator. and yes on the far side of the dam i have a gate that i can open or close to devert the water around the wheel ...
Does it have to be a generator or can you use a motor? What kind of appliances would I be likely to find what I need in? I have a side by side fridge I am going to scrap but the motor works fine. DH says it would not work for making electricity so I am assuming I need a generator and not a motor?
Several reasons. The liner inside is cracked. It is also too big for this itty bitty house and we cannot afford to run 2 fridges so it is just taking up space in the garage. It is a big one with an ice maker and ice and water through the door. Crushed ice even! I don't know what kind of shape it is in at the moment. It has been stored out there since we moved here a year and a half ago.
I asked because I'm looking for a free fridge to convert to a sausage "cave". The cracked liner would make it bad for a cheese cave. However, I just looked at GoogleMaps; you are about a hundred miles from here and at the price of gas, I don't think I could afford the drive even if you gave it to me.
No, you'd have to chill it. I thought you said the fridge works? I did read that you said you can't afford to run 2, but if you made cheese you'd save on groceries thus maybe be able to run both.
Turning one into a cave (not chilling milk) requires bypassing the thermostat so it will stay warmer, like around 55º, and you'd need to add a humidifier to get the humidity up to 93-96%. To convert one for curing meats, the temps are nearly the same but lower humidity. Humidity high enough for cheese would rot salami or hams curing.
My sister sent me a book and every page makes me think of you. It's "Forgotten Skills of Cooking" by Darina Allen. It is amazing. I am so enjoying it. It is a how to book on lost skills like milking, butchering, making cheese, preserving meats, ect. It also has over 700 recipes in it. There is a great section on foraging too.
My sister was reading it and decided it was something I would really enjoy. She didn't want to let go of her copy ( and I can see why ) so she ordered me one from Amazon and had it sent here. Wasn't that nice? Now we are both reading it and we can discuss it. It's a great book but it is going to take me forever. I am barely into the foraging section. Every plant she mentions that I am not familiar with, I google it. :) I am going to keep my eye out on my little hikes in the woods and see if I spot anything in the book. I certainly can't hike like I did in years past but I still get out on occasion when I am having a very good day.
wow lots of rain last nite and today, had to pop the gate on the dam an divert water away from the waterwheel, its cranking out 25 to 30 amps contuniously. thats some serious power, an its maxed out with water flow, so i guess i could say my design is workin as it should at max output to waterflow rates. i actualy dont think it could spin any faster without some serious tune'n. an the torque is unreal, no way possible to stop with with just your hands .. it'd have to have some kinda brake system on it .. or raise it out of the waterflow to stop it. i even grounded out the alternator an it wouldnt stop it .. so tourque an speed i have .. wooo hooooooooooo mission compleat .. LOL
also when grounded it out compleatly it was crankin over 70 amps of power, peg'd my 70 amp meter so how much more i dont know .. now im happy with it. ;-D>
a shot just after i removed the big alternator from the waterwheel, it had no sheild built around it an i was afraid the water would screw it up .. so i took it off before the main part of the water came down the creek .. cause if my mounts had given away it would have washed it down the creek an made a mess of things ..
was use'n belt drive an it robs alot of power in the form of drag, but im still gettin the things i need to put chain drive on it, so far so good .. just a little more chain an a couple masterlinks an ill be ready to put it togather.
LOL but with that much water flow, belts chains gears .. dont think none of it woulda mattered no way to stop the wheel or slow it down much. it was CRANKIN hehee
Wow! Is the wheel spinning toward or away from the dam? I can't tell in the pics. You need more batteries for sure.
You guys have the same coffee colored water as we do. But ours seems to be a bit thicker. More like liquid butterscotch. It has been raining here for 2 days. We are under a flood watch. Turned to snow just after dark. Hope it does not cause problems for DH in the morning for his trip to the hospital.
They may be cheaper in the short term but trying to use car batteries for storage of solar,wind or water produced energy is a waste of money in the long term. They simply will not work for this application.
got that right VORTREKER, even so called deep cycle marine batterys from wally world is a toss up, i got 5 years outta mine, so i went with golf cart batterys this time, hope'n to see lots longer life from em, i did sort out my "good" deep cycle marines an made a second battery bank with them only 4 out of 12 would hold 12.6 volts for 24 hours after charging, some were down to 10 volts an some in the 11's ... they all got traded in as core's for the golf cart batterys. gonna use that 2nd battery bank for luxury creature comfort things .. like out side lights and pathway lights hooked to motion sensor's ...
your totaly correct about the fork lift batterys .. they are monsters an never leave you flat other than your bank acct. hahaa more bang for the buck an you get what you pay for totaly stands true here. and dependin on where you tap em, you can get 12, 24, 36 and 48 volts from em .. an the amp hours is unreal ...
waiting, an hope'n this week my parts will come in twhere i can finish my generator an get it installed on the waterwheel. one project out of the way .. hahaa got a load of steel in also for the sawmill .. expecting another load monday afternoon. .. get the waterwheel finished, the windmill finished .. then the sawmill finished .. ill have new windmills to build .. LOL
My mind does not turn off either and it keeps me from resting even when I sleep. I dream the craziest dreams all night every night. And sleeping meds don't help at all. In fact, the dreams get even crazier then. I could write a book. LOL
LOL yeah sleepin aids an med's only make the dreams worse, im just glad i rest at nite .. but lots of my idea's an such come from my dreams, when i do sleep. its all in the great picture ..
im still waitin on my load of steel an parts for the sawmill, the guy who was bringin it ended up in the ER with kidney stones .. he's out an ok now just behind in his delivery's an such. so maybe soon ..
yeah everything is fine here, just been soooooo busy tryin to clear some more land for new garden spots an workin on all my projects. plus planting some early stuff, taters, radishes, brussel sprouts etc .. even got some tobacco plants up. picutres will be come'n LOL also got my first hummingbirds in.
Hailed across the mountain yesterday but just sprinkled here until last night when we had a T storm. Hail in town today so bad it was knocking windows out of cars. Rain and T & L here. We are under a tornado watch but no wind here.
I have a small generator but have never used it as i have propane heat.and i prefer oil and candle light anyway. I also have a small wood stove but my DD does'nt like me to use it but if worse comes to worse. I have lots of woods around to use. I cook outside on a campfire during warm weather anyway.
course ill still be changing sprockets along as i find larger ones to increase the rpm's and power output. so i'll be upgrading it as i find other parts, i just build with what i have available ... gettn a monsoon flood today from the storm, gettin some good power output even tho i have all the gates shut to keep the excess pressure of the water off the wheel for time being.
To all of the regulars on this thread: My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I know several of you are in the areas that were hit hard yesterday. I pray God's mercy and grace was and is with you, Susie
everyone here is ok, family an friends .. just a few trees down an limbs everywhere.. cleaning up is a chore .. but extra firewood for winter...
other places in Alabama dint fair as well .. Tuscaloosa an B'ham was hit hard . .. along with Huntsville an other small places that the news dint cover ...
spent all day yesterday building a form and pour'n cement to seal in the raceway to the waterwheel. got the base pour'd an its drying now. now just waiting till monday where i can remove the form... next ill just have to do the cosmetic part and sealing any tiny leaks and such .. then for the final leveling of the dam. another step closer to being finished. Yay
got most of it finished, only some places to finish when the water goes down this summer to finish sealing up the raceway. so far so good everything is workin out as planned ... right now its kinda cool but the temps are suspose to start back on the rise tomorrow an be back to normal again.. woooo hooooooooooooooo hahaaa
I'm sure it will be something amazing and we will all wish we had one. LOL You getting much rain? A few trees have uprooted on our hill from it being so wet. A big red oak fell behind my detatched garage but just the top hit the garage. Didn't do any damage but it took out a few of my gold raspberries. Grrr Can't get under it to see how many.
Bonfires on the beach - many beaches - on many bodies of water - the Atlantic - the Pacific - rivers and lakes too many to recall the names, driftwood turning the night into light. When we were younger we could sleep on the rocks, actually we could sleep anywheres.
been bumpin 100 deg here for the last 2 days, suspose to again today then maybe some cooling off (hahaa) 20% chance of rain .. rain an heat makes steam ... we might end up justa big ole steamed salad hahaaa
Our winters are quite mild - as a rule - no snow of any consequence. The past two years, however we have had a couple of weeks of really cold days that froze all our pipes etc. The weather is just nutz recently! The weather service is predicting thunderstorms again today. Yesterday they were right - it thundered!
My sister in Dallas got a long heavy downpour. We haven't had any in a few weeks. Could really use some on my raspberries. I carried a bucket of water to each one but that hill is too much work for me.
This is an update of the ram pump installed on a small creek to feed two slow sand filters. It now has a 3" drive pipe with much greater output. I hoped to get some performance data from it but the weather hasn't cooperated.
The water falls only 21" but pumps 30 feet up in the air with a decent flow rate. It was designed to be simple to build, inexpensive, efficient, and long-lasting. The low profile helps it avoid damage in the stream during storms, and it can pump underwater 24/7 without problem.
We had about 42 seconds' worth of the brief shower that Cajun got yesterday. I've been watering my garden from the spring (with conventional pumping) rather than the city water from the house. The veggies love the spring water that has no chlorine!
you can make an amp or so with just 2-3 gpm ... 5 gallons pm your looking at 2-4 amps ..mine usualy runs 5+ but durin a rain or lots of water flow .. its more like 10+ with a output of 8+ amps. so really it dont take alot of waterflow to produce good useable power.
Yeah ive used and built a number of ram pumps up to a 4 in. my fall here isnt very much and i'd have to put it about 100 yards upstream. hahaa i cant handle the pop pop pop of it, hahaa too much noise in my quiet little place. but they are awsome you get 1 gallon per every 10 that goes through it but hey free is free no doubt... and i have thought about puttin one below my dam an use it only to fill a tank to hold the water to use later an keep it shut off when the tank has water in it. very peacefull an quiet here i wanna keep it that way .. sound of the wind an water over the dam an waterwheel is enough noise .. also the linear flow ones that can run underwater is alot quieter ...thats what i was thinking about building up stream where the noise would be dampend down some. is that your pump in the vid ? if so ive watched it many times hahaaa first one ive seen that was linear flow ...
Yes finaly got a good rain, almost a inch in my guage an my gardens are soakin it up, it also filled up all my rain barrels an buckets. so im sittin good now for awhile, just hope its not that long till the next one.
i sure do, my gutters are plumbed into a 350 gallon containment tank, with a 12 volt on demand rv water pump, an yes i get kinda worried when it gets low i learn to conserve water or do without an i dont like doin without.
i still have over 2000 tobacco plants to transplant, some are ready now, some in another week .. an some more in bout 3 weeks, then a late pea crop an maybe some more beans an such, i keep planting an growin stuff till frost kills it back .. hahaa get all i can each year, my gardens are just small spots so i have to keep something in the ground as much as possible.
I know what you mean about small plots. I do that myself with the SFG and the containers and bags. Doesn't end until snow shuts us down. I am just learning what works best here but it is fun. I am drying some sugar snap peas for seed to plant in fall. They are really delish. I am going to fill other spots in with them as it clears off. My maters have not bloomed yet. First 2 squash dropped off as little fellas. Got some more coming on. Cukes are starting to make. Corn is about to tassle. Beans are slow. Peppers are starting to bloom but everything just seems to be coming along so slow.
Rained here for about 5 hours. We needed it. Giving rain for the rest of the week. It will help if it is all slow and steady like today was.
Good luck with your planting. Do you have all those 2000 plants in seperate cups?
We got a good rain the other day too. It was a heavy storm with strong winds in front of it.
One end of the house upstairs under construction has no wall. The other end has a tarp.
The end with the tarp is the west end. I went up stairs to watch the storms blow over from the open
end of the upstairs. Suddenly we got a big gust of heavy rain and wind from the west and it blew the tarp into the upstairs
and nearly blew me down and it was so strong I immediately sat down cause I thought it was gonna blow me
out the other end that was open. Sadly it flooded the upstairs which leaked down stairs. It was clean up time
I love to watch storms. I use to have a second story deck and I loved going up there and watching the storms roll in.
I will have another one of these days.
The fishing trip wasn't too successful but then we went putt putt golfing and had a good time. After that we went and rode the pony. That was great! Knock got to ride a friend's really nice racking horse and if he wants he can show the horse this weekend. He is really looking forward to that.
Dunno how it was in your neck of the woods Freedom but it rained Cats and Dogs here with a lightening storm to boot for 2 hours. It washed a ditch in my drive way and hilled up the gravel at the end. That has never happened before.
Hope you got some rain.
I dunno how many inches you got early this morning, but it was thundering, lighting and raining for 5 hours. That was a lot of rain. Not to mention the wind that blew everything about. That was a good storm.
VORTREKER, yes it did, im still cuttin okra off it, even tho i tote'd water to keep it alive .. got a few pods im savin for seeds for next year. makes some big pods an still very tender . Thanks again for the seeds ...
i can eat okra anyway you fix it except a bowl of goo . I really like it raw off the stalk and boiled whole.
I grew the Clemson Spineless Okra this year and the plants seemed kinda bare...narrow leaves. I like big leaf okra plants.
Cricket, dang you sound like you are wanting cold weather... thats just not right ... LOL
Cajun... Thanks, sure makes life easier with some good heat throughout the cabin now. i even have early garden seeds planted and starting to come up inside. they will be good an strong by the time to transplant outside in the gardens.
i load it once in the morning and just before bedtime .. other than that clean out the ashes once a week, it pretty well takes care of its self. actualy all i like is building a better grate to go inside it and it will be compleated.
hahaa i hope the cold is OVER with, an spring is on its way... im ready to garden, got some strawberry plants today, so i gotta make a new bed for them soon and get em out.
SPRING SPRING SPRING .. hahaa
I was wrong about Feb...I read the Almanac wrong. Roooops.
March is suppose to be warmer than normal and April slightly warmer than normal and May slightly cooler than normal.
It might help you decide your spring garden. So far, it has been correct on weather predictions. http://www.almanac.com/weather/longrange/region/us/8
yeah i have a copy of the almanac, my Grandparents always had one lay'n close around an they always had a wonderful garden and crops, dont ask why just go by it. long live the almanac. even tho i have to get out my double duty reading glasses to read the small print ... hahaaa shhhhhhhhhhh comes with age. LOL
Do you think most will start their gardens early around here?
I really want to get my outdoor garden going too. I'm kinda = scared-ish. (frost)
I dunno about you but I have had a lot of rain in this area. I cannot till the soil yet and I can see weed seeds popping up everywhere already. Now another drenching rain today and tomorrow.
I guess I'll have to till shallow the next chance I get. (thursday or friday)Better than none.
yeah there will be a few more cold nites, but the early stuff you can put out an cover with plastic etc. if frost is forecast, just takes a little extra time on your part to provide some extra care for em till the chance of frost is past..
I'm excited about putting my seeds out!! I have a bunch of seeds started but thinking I will be starting more this week. My garden is nowhere ready to use but a neighbor has kindly offered me full use off his garden till I can get mine useable. And his wife said she'd offer me help with canning! I am so blessed with good people in my life!
A friend of mine made mention a few days after I had bought my place that she has lived in her house 5 yrs and knows the name of 1 of her neighbor but akready knew every one of mine because they all stop and visi when they drive by.
o_angi2001, very kewl, i posted the pic's to maybe to give someone an idea on how to use a hillside that would just other wise be a hillside LOL... here its about all i have and i hate to keep cutting the brush off it an keeping it clean... so what better to do with it than make gardens... as you can see past it i still have yard left to reclaim. just more garden spaces... cant get too many ya know ..
According to the information in that link you would use old wood (rotted wood) to build a hugelkulture bed. That would preclude building a bed out of fresh green wood as you are clearing brush and saplings and invasive small trees. I think of hugelkulture as a good technique to use while you are clearing up woody invasives--i.e. a way to use up freshly cut wood.
Freshly cut brushy wood is more available to me than rotted wood. (If you don't have your own your city garbage manager should be able to put you in touch with some. City sanitation departments haul tons of it to local land fills every year.)
Using fresh-cut wood willl require watching your nitrogen, but as this link points out over time your pile will start producing N2 as the fresh cut wood rots into humus.
my soil on the hillside has kinda a loom type about it. rich black dirt. lots of leaf matter composted over the years i guess.. but i still strew my ashes from the wood heater over them durin the wintertime. an let the rains soak it all in. then work it in an turn the soil over in the early spring before planting season even begains.. then work it again when i plant.
I cleared one of my slopes this weekend, the west fscing slope at the end f my driveway. Next step is to prepare it for strawberries :) Another slope that I have begun to clear is looking like a squash patchwhen I close my eyes and dream. I also started moving some of my rotted wood from fallen trees to start my hugelkultur bed. Lots of projects!
squash, cucumbers, beans, peppers, carrots pea's all planted in the gardens an ready. might be too early but if not, ill have a early crop. always worth the effort when the signs of spring comes early.
Spring is definitely here. I think Winter forgot to show up. And Summer is suppose to be mild. Blackberry Winter will be early too. Should be the 3rd week in April this year.
I don't know what to say to the customers when they show up wanting tomato plants. It will be another week before they are big enough to set out. I did not expect it to be so warm so early.
wow, all my gardens are doing great, lots of stuff coming up and growin good, projects projects an more projects goin on here.. outdoor wood fired bread/pizza oven for one, workin on the sawmill, fine tuning the windmill... list goes on an on ... oh yes HAPPY SPRING TIME to everyone ...
windmill is still working great, but ill keep on tweaking it untill i get it like i want it...
waterwheel is down for repairs, new bearings an a broken shaft...
bread oven is comin along nicely, just slow process, still finding materials i need to compleat it
sorry bout the waterwheel. I hear we will have below normal rainfall this year. What power source does your waterwheel supply? The whole house or just a few sources?
I personally can't wait to play with solar panels and windmills...waiting impatiently but has to wait after we get the house insulated.
My step dad has solar panels and he stores the energy in car batteries. He has 20 car batteries under his house that are all hooked up to solar panels. I don't want car batteries. Seems like it takes sufficient out of sufficient. Eventually those car batteries have to be replaced. There is a lot I don't understand about solar energy and I need to find a really good Book.
its more a case of nessity is the mother of inventions with me .. hahaaa
and im glad you enjoy readin an lookin at the project pic's
the waterwheel supliments power to the cabin main battery bank... i miss the little bit of power comin in 24/7 off it .. especially on cloudy days .. an it keeps the batterys from sitting in still mode all nite ..