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  1. Our garden is really producing now and I've been spending a lot of time washing vegetables. We decided we needed a faster water to get fruits and vegetables washed. After a little tinkering, I have something that works. We used a shop vac and 55 gallon plastic food grade barrel we already had. With $24 in PVC and fittings from home depot we used the blower port on the shop vac to push air through a manifold we submerge in water. We now have a fully functional vegetable washing machine for our home!
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    Geothermal heat sink greenhouse

    We are seeing a drop in the greenhouse temps of around 11 degrees after we turn the fan on around mid morning. It absolutely makes a difference and helps cool during the summer. We are in NW Missouri, rolling hills but no mountains. I just created a new topic in this section that includes a link to a garden tour video. You can see our results so far.
  3. Six years ago I made the decision to start expand my skill sets along with our preps. One skill I really wanted to work on developing was gardening. I grew up on a farm and in a family that gardened and canned foods. We always used traditional methods and did ok, but never to the level where I thought I could survive off of it if necessary. I wanted a gardening method that was simple, could be done with minimal tools and could be grown where ever i might find myself at the time it was needed. I spent two years trying all the garden fads on YouTube. At best, we had marginal results from everything we tried. Four years ago we found and began experimenting with the Mittleider gardening method. It is known as the poor mans hydroponics system. All of the nutrients a plant needs are provided to a small growing area, just 12 inches wide in soil, so the condition of ones soil is irrelevant so long as it isn't toxic. It was developed by a man named Jacob Mittleider and perfected over decades. He traveled all over the world, teaching the impoverished how they could grow their own food. The MGM has grown gardens successfully on every continent besides Antarctica. My success with my garden while implementing this system has been profound. We are growing more food in less space that I've ever grown before. For example, our tomatoes are grown just 9 inches apart vertically. They're over 7 feet tall now and just loaded up with tomatoes! Pole beans and peas can be grown 2 inches apart. What has amazed me the most about this gardening method is the taste of our vegetables. When you give a plant all the nutrition it needs the taste is better. If you're interested in seeing my Mittleider garden, here is a video tour of the greenhouse and what we have growing in our soil. Eventually
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    Geothermal heat sink greenhouse

    I have it up and running, finally. We are planing our winter crops now and will get them started next month. I am pretty excited to see how the greenhouse does this winter with hardy crops. If anyone is interested in seeing what we have done, it is documented in this play list. As winter gets here we will further document successes and failures. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLgxEEe-u51rsDh8NFWEnU9BdCMTtQwqv8
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    Geothermal heat sink greenhouse

    Ive always wanted the ability to grow crops year around cheaply. Heating a greenhouse with gas is cost prohibitive, and wood heat is just a whole lot of work. I think Ive found a cheaper and easier alternative through a geothermal heat sink system. So Im about to start a new project, a geothermal heat sink greenhouse. Im havng a hole dug and will filling it with 125 yards of rock. The rock will be 4 feet deep and will have two layers of perforated 4 inch Daumier drain tile. The bottom set of drain tiles, one every two feet, will be connected in a manifold (55 gallon drum) with a 6 inch inline fan attached. On the intake side of that fan will be some 6 inch PVC that goes to the peak of the greenhouse. As the fun runs it will draw the hot air from the peak of the greenhouse, push it through the manifold and doen into 10 length of the the perforated drains tile. The air will be pushed up through the rock and transfer heat from the hot air into my screened sewer size rock (2-4 inch). Near the top of the rock will be a se onds et of perforated drain tile. The air will enter and be pushed back up into the greenhouse. Between the rock and the walls of hole will be 4 inches of styrofoam. This will insulate the rock from the soil around it, helping to hold the heat in the rock for transfer back into the greenhouse after the sun goes down and greenhouse temps drop. Over the top of the rock we are putting a drainage fabric. It will prevent the soil from being washed down into our rock and perforated drain tile, but will allow water to drain. On the top of the drainage fabric will be 2 feet of soil. On top of that will be grow boxes where everything will be grown. Im in 5b, but think this should allow me to grow year round and only require enough electricity to run the fan in order to keep the greenhouse warm. If I cant grow frost sensitive crops like tomatoes I can totally grow cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and the like
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    Ruger 10/22 take down suppressed

    There will be a lot of this coming to the market if they can pass the HPA
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    need recommendations on light weight rifle for kids

    It will be in next week
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    Is an air rifle part of your emegency preps?

    Looking at buying a 177 air rifle. Any air rifle nuts with actual experience on several makes and models?
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    need recommendations on light weight rifle for kids

    Thanks for all the input. Going to go see my guy today and order a CZ 455
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    Seriously? General Qualifies With M9

    Love that teacup action!
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    Gun Deer Season 11/12 In Missouri

    Poor guy, not even a single reply! It appears all the MO folks are shy
  12. I've paid no attention to the gun industry for about 5 years, I'm so far behind. With that in mind I'd love some suggestions on a young child friendly bolt action 22 LR rifle with a threaded barrel.
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    Hey shotgun reloaders, what 12 gauge hulls to pickup?

    I just remembered a little shop near me that sells reloading supplies and loads/sells shot shells. I'll swing by with a hand full of cash and have him get me started and ask him what I could pickup for what I'm wanting to do.
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    Hey shotgun reloaders, what 12 gauge hulls to pickup?

    I'll have to check mine, but that makes perfect sense.
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    Hey shotgun reloaders, what 12 gauge hulls to pickup?