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Andrew Cumberland's Blog – July 2014 Archive (4)

Forced to do another random update Stardate: 26072014

This weekend, I:

  • Switched on the solar system that I made for the aquaponics.  It's been 48 hours and it's still running even with very little sun.  I took the heater off to save on power - tank is still at 18.5 degrees at 5.00 pm.  I think she is now off-grid.  Made a video on it and posted it around the place. 
  • Fixed the worm farm after the chooks destroyed the "worm wee" tray.  …
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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 26, 2014 at 23:37 — 12 Comments

A quick note for myself about compost

The days of throwing everything organic in the compost are over, here at the Manor.  It's way too slow to work that way.  I seem to have evolved a system after spending a crazy amount of time reading up.

Kitchen scraps get blended up and go into the worm farm.  Junk mail and papers are wetted and placed on top of the worms to keep a moisture barrier (and the worms eat it as well). 

Worm castings will go straight onto the garden.  Worm juice goes into the compost…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 24, 2014 at 23:30 — 10 Comments

Random update: stardate 20072014

Observation:  damn those chooks are destructive!  They ate my turnip/cauli patch.  I've now fenced it.  They ate both my Kratky hydroponic boxes.  Threw them out in disgust.  Tonight, I found they've eaten the bottom foam box on my worm farm!  Mind you, that's better than the top box which has the worms!  I'll have to fun another fence to keep them the heck out of that whole area.  On the bright side, they are at point of lay now. Should produce eggs in a month or…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 20, 2014 at 21:06 — 7 Comments

How to make sausages... a post for Backyard Butchers

A little video on how to make sausages:   How to make Thai Chicken Snags

The second instructional video is: How to make Baeurwurst sausage

For those who are thinking about having a go at jerky or biltong:  How to make…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 7, 2014 at 23:16 — 31 Comments

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