I have been engaging in some reasearch trying to come up with a hoophouse design that didn’t cook my plants during the day and freeze them at night. To try and assess how well the design works I took two thermometers and placed one outside and one inside. So far so good. Then I started … More Tale of Two Thermometers
By adding a second layer of plastic with and air space between, I hope to ameliorate the extreme temperature fluctuations in my small hoop house.
I recently attended a farm symposium at which the keynote speaker was Ben Hartman. Hartman is a farmer and author who has made a name for himself by adopting the Japanese practice of “Kaizen”, ( Continuous improvement ). In Japan, Kaizen is best known as the practice promoted by Toyota as a means of improving … More Kaizen
Even tinkerers have heroes. One of mine is Pekka Leskela. The soft-spoken Swedish stove designer and builder embodies much of what I aspire to be. innovating, inventing, experimenting…. you know, tinkering. All in the service of inspiring others to do their own designs. The concept for this project comes from one of Pekka’s designs that … More Horizontal Rocket Stove
Spent most of today driving around getting materials. Thus the only tinkering I got to do was putting up a new Ceiling light in the guest cottage. Nice fixture, though I’m willing to bet the designer wasn’t 64 years old with stiff and shaky fingers. 🙄
Need a sawhorse in a hurry? Why not use a pallet? Today’s project was born out of frustration. The last several projects I have done have required me to bend over, squat down and kneel on the ground, all because my work surfaces were cluttered and my saw horses were all in use. Clearly I … More Quick Sawhorse/ Bench
One of the things I have been involved with this year is teaching classes in how to make “hot” compost. A hot compost pile is one which is constructed to create the ideal environment for thermophilic bcteria which can break down organic material is as little as one month. The downside to hot composting is … More E-Z Turn composter