Feels wierd i've never introduced myself here before, i think because at least for me mastodon felt like an empty room...

Anyways today feels different, so hey everyone i am Russell & i know a thing or two about a lot of subjects.

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You have the your property.

This hack was used to repair my watering can better than new.

Using the green plastic lid of an orange juice screw on bottle top inset perfectly into the cup of the broken spout.

Then just a matter of drilling holes in the lid and using an exterior deck screw to fix everything together.

Works better than new!

I've attached a picture here:


So happy right now, moved the juvenile chickens into their forever home! join me on this epic journey, it's a long video but I feel like it's worth watching all the way through in one sitting. Video shot over the course of the last 3 months.

Messing with CAD software, been a long while since my last try drafting and so rather than worry about accuracy in model proportions abstract things like the difference between a 2x4 or a 4x4. As such had this work been turned into my hand drawn drafting teacher inbox, he would have failed it. He was very strict.

Needless to say the act of building this model got the process going for me, it's a rough draft designed on a free phone app, saved as a dwg file. Not so bad! Building a chicken coop.

A number I want to try to memorize, 1 acre ~= 43,560 square feet.

I asked somebody in Colorado what AG Zone they were in, they didn't know so I did a search, I guess I don't know either, I think the best answer is, it depends...

Do not throw away or recycle this type of bottle.

I had shower thoughts the other day about seeding and concluded this may be the perfect bottle for evenly sowing seed with out a mess or needing delicate hands.

Additionally if you or your children like ketchup make sure you only purchase "simply" branded products since this is the original recipe without high fructose corn syrup.

When the time comes to empty kitchen compost I either use a bin like this, or a hot compost pile like this.

I prefer the hot compost pile over the bin but I don't always have enough input supply for carbon so the bin keeps the critters out and the smells down when the food inevitably goes anarobic. Fun fact, last year I had a large black soldier fly population in the bin. They eat really fast!

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As for more bulky wood/paper products I save any uniform boxes but flatten any which I do not plant to reuse. At this time I remove any tape.

I sent flattened paper directly out the kitchen window into a heap!

As the season progresses I use this waste output in swales/paths and when sheet mulching.

Family of five.

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With ecological, environmental, and permaculture principles in mind, this is how I treat wood/paper based waste outputs.

Firstly, I try to reuse paper more than once. I use paper as "bedding" in a traditional garbage can (without the liner). See image attached.

All my kitchen and household scrapes go into this bucket. Sometimes wet things like milk or meat but mostly peals and scraps or the plant variety. The shredded paper bedding (or leaves) helps dry up compostableble liquids.

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