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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Clint in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Update now that it has rained. It got really hot before the rain came with 35 degree days, and these seedlings would have all expired if it wasn't for the mulching. The bare ground in other places was too hot to walk on, so the plants would have shrivelled.
    We are getting a few weeds coming up now, so I just go around with a weedeater every now and then, and put some more straw close to plants. Or just stomp on the weeds and put straw down. Easy!
    Tomatoes being staked up with first fruit:

    Squash, pattipans, beans etc:

    Pumpkins, hubbards etc:

     
     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Louisvdw in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Update now that it has rained. It got really hot before the rain came with 35 degree days, and these seedlings would have all expired if it wasn't for the mulching. The bare ground in other places was too hot to walk on, so the plants would have shrivelled.
    We are getting a few weeds coming up now, so I just go around with a weedeater every now and then, and put some more straw close to plants. Or just stomp on the weeds and put straw down. Easy!
    Tomatoes being staked up with first fruit:

    Squash, pattipans, beans etc:

    Pumpkins, hubbards etc:

     
     
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    DeepBass9 reacted to JohanG in Rainwater system and suggestions what to do with excess water   
    Kenton on sea has always had a water shortage
    40 years ago the houses had cement tanks with hand pumps
    Today its plastic tanks and electric pumps
    I have 4 x 10000l and a pump that I run off solar
    As the town water used to have a bad taste the toilets were fed from the town and all the rest from the tanks
    So I only feed the toilets with town water and filter the water for drinking and cooking, unfiltered for bathing and washing.
    Can switch all feeds to municipal or tanks
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Clint in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    There is another thread on deep mulching, and I have been doing that for a good few years, and every year the soil gets better, and the plants grow better. Here is the current winter's veggies:
     


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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Chris Louw in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Basically this idea arose from seeing what could be done with leftover feed bales, which then lead to an epiphany about nutrient cycles and a better understanding of soil characteristics. Google and read about permaculture principles as that informs a lot of what I am doing.
    I do use wood ash as a fertilisers, particularly putting it around fruit trees as it has lots of K and other alkaline oxides.
    We try and incorporate anything organic into the whole system so for any 'waste' the logic goes like this:
    1. Will the dog eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    2. Will the poultry eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    3. Will the Livestock eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    4. Is it compostible? Yes/ No go to next option:
    5. Can we use it for something? Yes/ No go to next option:
    6. Is it recyclable? Yes/ No go to next option:
    7. No? Lets not buy this again!
    So anything organic goes back into the soil, either directly, or via the digestive tract of an animal or by composting, which in turn grows into something to feed back into the process.
     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Basically this idea arose from seeing what could be done with leftover feed bales, which then lead to an epiphany about nutrient cycles and a better understanding of soil characteristics. Google and read about permaculture principles as that informs a lot of what I am doing.
    I do use wood ash as a fertilisers, particularly putting it around fruit trees as it has lots of K and other alkaline oxides.
    We try and incorporate anything organic into the whole system so for any 'waste' the logic goes like this:
    1. Will the dog eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    2. Will the poultry eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    3. Will the Livestock eat it? Yes/ No go to next option:
    4. Is it compostible? Yes/ No go to next option:
    5. Can we use it for something? Yes/ No go to next option:
    6. Is it recyclable? Yes/ No go to next option:
    7. No? Lets not buy this again!
    So anything organic goes back into the soil, either directly, or via the digestive tract of an animal or by composting, which in turn grows into something to feed back into the process.
     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Next up squash:

     
    And tomatoes:

     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    The drip irrigation is going in now. This irrigation is fed by a storage dam, and the head is only about 2 m so I am using 40mm LDPE pipe, with 6mm holes drilled for water delivery. The holes are 1m apart so these will be used for tomatoes and squash or pumpkins.
    The reason I am not using commercial drip tape, is that it needs higher pressure to get the water flowing through the fine holes, and the algae from the dam blocks up the fine holes very quickly. To prevent this the larger holes are drilled on the top of the pipe, so any gunk settles to the bottom of the pipe and the water comes out through the top. The water looks clean and sparkly, but it is actually quite green. If the big pipes block up, I can just flush them out to clean them.

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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    What I am also going to try to do is manage the beds on a strip system, so I will use tractor power for any heavy work, but try and keep the soil disturbance and compaction to a minimum. I have laid out strip beds so that the tractor always drives on the same tracks. In that way I get a 1.4m wide bed, and then a 60cm wide wheel track followed by another 1.4m bed and so on. 
    I will probably need to use a bit of chemical fertilizer to jump start the system, but once the plants are growing nicely, I will try and cycle the crop residue back into the ground that it grew from.
    The other challenge is planting though the crop residue. In v1. 0 I am doing it by hand, planting seedlings. On a large scale that will be too time consuming, so I will need to look at some sort of no till seed planter. I have a hand planter, bit that still only does one seed at a time, so I will need to get some sort of planter or drill.
    To that end I have bought an old row cultivator, that I am going to try and convert into a planter eventually. 
    For those that are interested, lots of farms are using no till, vertical till, minimal till, row till and variations of these to miminise soil disturbance as part of a conservation  agriculture system. Google down that rabbit hole. 
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Seedlings are coming on nicely in the tunnel:

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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Johannvdm in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    And the first bush beans are planted out under small shade net tunnels to prevent attacks by marauding chickens..

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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Energy-Jason in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Next up squash:

     
    And tomatoes:

     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Energy-Jason in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    There is another thread on deep mulching, and I have been doing that for a good few years, and every year the soil gets better, and the plants grow better. Here is the current winter's veggies:
     


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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Chris Louw in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Next up squash:

     
    And tomatoes:

     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from PhilFM in Shadowed for ages and jumped today   
    LOL. I was about to make a chirp about doing what you want WHEN THE SUN IS SHINING!. But I see others beat me to it.
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    DeepBass9 reacted to Guss Davey in Shadowed for ages and jumped today   
    Hi
    Dreaming about solar... not because of Escom, but because it's cool stuff. Never got so far to make the jump. The >100K always found another place where it was spend (sometimes on very big white elephants).

    Today, I made the dive and transferred the payment of my first solar system. (With luck on my side, I will be dead before the panels read their end of life)
    Sunsynk 8 6.4 BSL Bull JA Solar 405 Mono's and all the other related goodiest
      A very big thank you to the guys from Power Forum Store for the good prices, good courier costs and excellent service.
    I will start a post on my build so that other can see how a newbie tries to figure out all this nice goodies.

     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from ___ in Are Vertical Axis Wind Generator worth it?   
    Just check if you have enough wind. There is no power to be harvested in a breeze, you need strong wind. Also in strong winds, wind generators can be noisy and your neighbours might not like it.
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Louisvdw in Deep Mulching v2.0   
    Seedlings are coming on nicely in the tunnel:

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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from shanghailoz in Essential items in a Solar installation   
    Distribution board that is properly wired. Many topics on this forum on that subject.
    Family that can be trained to use appliances when the sun is shining.
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Barryv in Electric Quad Bike Conversion   
    I have now changed the gearing to lower than it was before. It still goes quite fast, but is short of power on the uphills, so I am going to reduce the final drive gearing further. Currently my kids can use it, but It won't move my fat butt uphill very quickly:
     
    New video.mp4
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from Calvin in Essential items in a Solar installation   
    Distribution board that is properly wired. Many topics on this forum on that subject.
    Family that can be trained to use appliances when the sun is shining.
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    DeepBass9 reacted to PaulF007 in Diy Hydro Station   
    Ok , so this project has been ongoing for the last three of four years and in fact is still going on we have learned a lot on hydro power and possible pitfalls. but I wont bore you all with the details. Here is what the "final" product looks like. 
    Ps. Not my system , hope to have one going in a year or so - (Need to raise the capital ) 
     
     
     
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from ___ in Big pump on Solar   
    Check how much power the pump is actually drawing. Just because it is rated at 18kW, doesn't necessarily mean it is using that amount. 
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from phil.g00 in Big pump on Solar   
    Check how much power the pump is actually drawing. Just because it is rated at 18kW, doesn't necessarily mean it is using that amount. 
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    DeepBass9 got a reaction from francois in Deep Mulching Vegetable Production   
    So how does this apply to suburban gardens? As far as I am aware there are by laws in some cities against compost heaps (if anyone pays attention to by laws these days), but instead of making heaps, just use your grass clippings, raked leaves, braai ash and whatever else you have and spread it over the beds. For a lot of pruned branches etc, hire a wood chipper. This will save trips to the dump with black bags full of leaves, and significantly reduce your water consumption in your garden. Fertiliser costs will also be less as the organic matter holds nutrients, and if you are continually adding organic matter, the nutrients in the soil will increase, your plant growth will increase and you then have a virtuous cycle.
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