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Organic gardening organic beekeeping, alternative Building and Seed Saving channel.
Organic gardening organic beekeeping, alternative Building and Seed Saving channel.

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Growing amaranth is easy. Starting it off in pots is a sure ways to get it established well once planted into the garden. In this video we will mainly focus on harvesting seeds and how to process the seeds once we got them out of the tiny flower heads. Seed saving is fun and generally helps you get better results than if you buy your seeds.
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Acclimatizing vegetables to a different country can be quite challenging. There are many factors that determine the rate of success you may have. Plants have evolved in very specific Eco systems. Therefore some can be quite tricky. Others are easy. Throughout history human beings have moved vegetable crops and medicinal herbs around the world. But how do you know if you will have an easy time getting your vegetable population established.
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After having success with treating 200ml of urine per day in the 10 month experiment I thought to make a bigger system. Finally we got around to making yet another hydroponic human sewage thingy. Don't know what to call it yet. Aquaponics also springs to mind, but as it is all grown in biochar and actually cleans the sewage water at the same time I am at a loss as to what to call it. Ideas welcome. One of the guys she called it the poorefier :)
I really wanted to try dealing with the solids ( excrement ) this time as well as the urine. 2L of urine and one visit to the toilet for the solids is what I am putting in per day. The biochar is made from bigger pieces of coconut this time. The crops we are using this time are tomatoes and Ceylon spinach. I have also decided to explain stuff in more detail this time around and really keep it as short as possible, in order for the entire concept to be understood. Charcoal PH and how the bacteria regulate it is also something that I talk about in the video.
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OK lets try out our working homemade power hammer we build from a bicycle on some metal!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhD8JAn_37k
This homemade hydroponics mini sewage treatment plant has all the nutrient solution it needs. Because the activated charcoal ( biochar ) is the growing medium, it actually filters urine and makes clean water as one of the byproducts. Charcoal has a very high cation exchange capacity and that enables the water to stay pure for a very long time without having any issues of bad smells, bacteria or dust particles in the water. The charcoal just sucks it all to itself. We can also grow lots of organic food using this system. Indirectly the organic foods we are growing actually help "clean" the charcoal of any organic mater that gets stuck to the charcoal. The urine (organic matter) is gobbled up by microbes living in and around the charcoal and their waste is then taken up by the plants. Having clean healthy food as a byproduct is another bonus of using this design. Please note that only one tier was used for cleaning the urine. This means we could probably add way more urine, if more plants were growing in all the tiers. Caution is advised if or when eating root crops without first cooking them using this system. Eating leafy greens is perfectly safe as the urine does not come in contact with the plants above ground. If a bigger system was used you could even deal with your sewage safely and not waste this valuable resource! One way would be to place it into some form of biodigester and pre-treat it. Then methane gas could also be produced. Another option is to use a compost toilet and keeping the waste separate. Compost toilets are great at dealing with solids but not so great at dealing with the urine. Also You 'may' need to place the system inside a pollytunnel / hoophouse in cooler climates, to have faster bacterial growth in order to deal correctly with the ' nutrients ' added. I encourage you to try it. Last but not least I would like to thank GreenStalk for their tower garden, as for one it has held up well and secondly it works very well too.
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Em ( effective microorganisms ) and worm compost seem to have an effect on the growing of mycelium. We are growing edible oyster mushrooms in this trial.
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