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My interests include Amateur Radio, Message Traffic Handling, Disaster Preparedness, Space Weather,

Terrestrial Weather, APRS, Doppler Radio Location Direction Finding,  Emergency Communications, Packet-Radio, Scottish Kilts, Smoking Pipes, Sustainable Organic Permaculture Gardening, Composting, Worm Farming, Constitutional Rights,

Food Preservation, Soil Microbiology, Sustainability, Long-Term Food Storage, and much more.

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Updated:  02/05/2020

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

I had mentioned earlier in a post on Facebook that I will be using wood chips on the pathways between my raised garden beds, and also mulching the beds with wood chips once they are planted. Someone advised me that I can use wood chips for the pathways, but never to use them in the garden beds becau...

Monday, August 26, 2019

Setting up a compost pile going by all of the rules that the "experts" have on composting is difficult.  All the so-called "experts" out there will tell you that you have to have just the right amount of "green materials" which are materials that have a higher nitrogen ratio, and just the right amou...

Thursday, August 22, 2019

I have been researching various ways of making fresh yogurt here at home instead of spending so much buying manufactured yogurt from the grocery stores. After thoroughly going over each method from start to finish I started noticing flaws in a few of the methods that from a food safety perspective I...

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

One of my neighbors came over yesterday as I was preparing some slides for the microscope from samples that I collected from my soil and compost piles and the question of why verifying the microbiology in the soil is important to do came up. This is an important question so I thought I would discuss...

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

I had to take a break from the compost piles yesterday as I was not feeling good so I did not get to turn them on their regular schedule.  Since this is the end of the cycle for the main pile skipping a day does not make a difference anyway. I am not trying to heat the main pile up anymore I am just...

Monday, August 5, 2019

Since giving the tip yesterday on the organic means of dealing with caterpillars and tomato horn worms in your gardens I have had two people ask me about how to organically deal with other common garden insect pests, so let's go ahead and tackle that one now.

I have a few solutions that I can recomme...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Welcome to Day 27 of our Active Composting series where we follow along with the life cycle of a compost pile from beginning to end.

When I checked on the piles yesterday the main pile was running at 135 degrees . . . 

and the second experimental pile was running at 169 degrees.

Because the Hawaii weat...