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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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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...

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...

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...

Friday, August 2, 2019

I checked on the compost piles yesterday in-between downpours caused by the leading effects of Tropical Storm Eric as it gets closer to the Hawaiian Islands but I did not want to keep the tarp off for very long because I did not want to piles to become too saturated from the rain.

The main pile is sl...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Ok, Just a quick update today as I have some pineapples to get planted this morning. Both piles were cooking away nicely at 160 degrees when I checked on them yesterday . . . 

It will be interesting to see how Pile #2 with only the sawdust as the brown carbon component progresses but so far everythin...

Monday, July 29, 2019

Welcome to Day 21 of our Active Compost Series. The pile was running at 168 degrees yesterday when I checked on it, so it is still chugging along at an elevated temperature. It seems no matter what I do to this pile it always wants to run extremely hot.

This morning it finally came down to an accepta...

Saturday, July 27, 2019

After the herbicide setback with the garden on Tuesday, to salvage the compost that was almost finished I needed to raise the heat back up on it again to try to cook off the chemicals that over-sprayed onto it so I combined it with the second pile that was still in the "hot phase" of its decompositi...