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by chuck_n_grace
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:35 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)

Hi, I've got lots of stuff to show and report. We came home from church last Sunday to discover tiny Tilapia fry swimming about in the sump tank. Even pulled some out of the filter alive. Here are Tilapia eggs, hatchlings, and young fry taken 4.30.2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjx2hItkojE&...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:24 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try?
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

Re: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try

Hi, I've finally taken some pictures of our 'experimental' ideas we've implemented. Nothing too exciting. You'll find... * Raised beds with black plastic and PVC inserts (plants inside). http://i1226.photobucket.com/albums/ee405/ourphotos1988/Aquaculture_aquaponics_gardening%20April%202012/garden3.j...
by chuck_n_grace
Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try?
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

Re: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try

Jandra, Thanks for the link and explanation. That animation made sense. Sarah, Here's an idea. Take the lid off of your toilet tank and look at the valve that allows water to enter the tank. When the big valve opens and flushes, the water level lowers. The float in the water control drops and opens ...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try?
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

Re: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try

Hi everyone, @Sonfronsue - nuking weeds! I'm curious if black plastic might be more effective than clear plastic at killing the weeds. Perhaps there is no difference. It would be could if you could cover a patch with black plastic (or some opaque covering like a tarp) to see what yields the best res...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:00 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: 2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try?
Replies: 19
Views: 2868

2012 gardening goals...and new experiments you might try?

Hi, Our 3rd year gardening officially begins. We always establish gardening goals and consider new things to try. I'm curious what's new for you this year? Here are our goals for 2012: * Grow only what can be placed in a garden salad (except for experimenting). Don't worry about canning, storage, et...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Eco Parenting
Topic: Breast feeding, socially unacceptable or not?
Replies: 165
Views: 16762

Re: Breast feeding, socially unacceptable or not?

Hi, My wife breastfed all 5 of our children. So, I'm used to it when I see it. In fact, at my age, I consider it a real treat to see some 'boobies' in public. Now, if we can get the moms not to freak out when I sit next to them to observe "God's small miracle". :iconbiggrin: I'm glad Grace...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)

Spent afternoon with family who are very self-sufficient...minus electricity. I obtained my Tilapia fingerlings from this place. We got another tour, this time in the daylight. I was able to ask a few dozen questions about fish. This guy Travis has been doing this for nearly 10 years. Came back very...
by chuck_n_grace
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?
Replies: 41
Views: 5767

Re: First life of 2012 - What are you sowing?

Hi, We've decided to only grow those things that can be added to a salad immediately. We're not going to worry about 'canning' or 'drying' any veggies. So, we're talking lettuce, spinach, onions, cucumbers, carrots, roma and yellow pear tomatoes. Through succession planting we would like to have del...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:51 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)

Hi, Cucumber and bush beans are doing quite nicely in the grow beds. We decided we'll use this as the nursery to get the plants started before moving them outside. Hard to believe that are average last frost is in 4 weeks. I moved three goldfish to the tilapia tank. They're still alive. I was hoping...
by chuck_n_grace
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:01 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing Potatoes through Plastic
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Growing Potatoes through Plastic

Hi Bonnie, July and August in South Carolina robs us gardeners of any desire to be outside. Unfortunately that's when all those weeds take off. So, here's what we are going to do with our raised beds in 2012. * Mix a healthy dose of compost into the boxes. * Use black plastic to cover the boxes. * F...
by chuck_n_grace
Mon Feb 20, 2012 10:20 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)

Hi, The Tilapia are still alive. I've stopped feeding because the ammonia level is starting to creep up. I'll check tomorrow. I've rotated the heater from a vertical to a diagonal orientation. I understand that the temperature sensor is in the top, and that the heat rising might cause it to cycle of...
by chuck_n_grace
Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Iran
Replies: 25
Views: 2725

Re: Iran

Hi, I remember the Iranian government and their involvement with American hostages under the Carter administration. Iran released the hostages a few minutes after Reagan was sworn into office. I liked Carter...he looked and hoped for the best in mankind and was patient to act with aggression. I like...
by chuck_n_grace
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:49 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)
Replies: 57
Views: 10677

Re: Backyard Aquaculture (fish farming)

Hi Stork? If you're running an 'organic' and 'natural' operation then the stork eating your fish is to be expected. Over time that should attract stork predators...hawks maybe?. But then again, humans are also predators from a natural perspective, so a rifle might do the trick. =) Two plastic herons...
by chuck_n_grace
Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I Never Realised That Light Pollution Could be Pretty
Replies: 2
Views: 327

Re: I Never Realised That Light Pollution Could be Pretty

Hi, If you pour motor oil into a pristine lake/pond on a very sunny day it creates beautiful rainbows. =) It's a shame that things that look nice are generally not so good: Whoppers, Big Macs, Fish n Chips, Baked potato with all the trimmings, etc. I lived in Alaska as a kid. There were times at nig...
by chuck_n_grace
Sun Feb 05, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Dehydrated Fruit Leather
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: Dehydrated Fruit Leather

Cool photos! The fruit leather looks just like bacon from a distance. Any change you can add a 'pork' flavor? =) I've never heard of this before so I'm guessing these are snacks like beef jerky? I suppose in a pinch one could repair a shoe. That's an interesting idea for extracting the juice. Thanks...

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