How Biodiesel Works" If you've read or watched the news lately, you've probably come across some article, snippet or sound bite related to oil and oil prices. Even in your daily routines, there's a good chance of someone mentioning it. Whether it's in automotives, economics, history, geography or politics, oil has managed to filter into almost every aspect of our daily lives. It's one of the most discussed (and controversial) commodities that consumers rely on daily. All of this talk about oil sparks continued interest in gasoline alternatives. Things like electric cars and hydrogen fuel cells are being talked about as feasible alternatives to oil. Lost in the mix are the biofuels, fuels made from biological ingredients instead of fossil fuels. In this article, we'll take a closer look at biodiesel, one of the major biofuels. Generally speaking, biodiesel is an alternative or additive to standard diesel fuel that is made from biological ingredients instead of petroleum (or crude oil). Photo courtesy U.S.
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Portable Power Station - Urban Survival Barrelponics - Getting Started With Aquaponics Here is what you'll need to set up your system. 1 - 55 gallon food grade barrel (check craigslist*). 1 pump (I used a 200GPH pump I bought off of ebay). Grow Medium (Hydroton expanded clay grow pebbles or pea gravel is preferred). 1/2" piping for pump to beds, and siphon to tank (a 10' pipe is about $2 at the hardware store). 2 - #18 o-rings 2 - #14 o-rings Bell Siphon: 1 - 3/4" PVC pipe, 18" long. 2 - 3/4" 90° Elbow. 1 - 3/4" Male and Female threaded to slip adapter 1 - 3/4" to 1 1/2" Bell Adapter 1 - 2" PVC pipe, 8" long. 1 - 2" PVC pipe cap. 1 - 3" PVC pipe, 10" long. Tools: anything to cut holes in plastic/PVC (I used a Dremel). 100% silicone and caulk gun sharpie Other things you'll need: Water Test Kit empty soda bottle (for peeponics) Seeds Fish *neo71665 brought up a great point in the comments feed about buying barrels on craigslist and I wanted to expound on it here because I think its worth understanding.
Build a Simple Solar Heater After walking into my workshop one December morning and feeling a bone-chilling 10 degrees, I decided to install a heating system. Given the rising costs of propane and my family’s environmental concerns about using nonrenewable fossil fuels, a solar solution seemed fitting. I’m a retired aircraft engineer, but you don’t need a similar background to tackle this project. In fact, a solar air heater built into new construction or added to an existing building can be an easy and inexpensive heating solution. I reviewed many solar collector concepts and decided to install a thermosiphon air collector on the south wall of the workshop. To minimize costs, I integrated the collector with the structure and used readily available materials. How It Works The thermosiphon collector consists of clear, corrugated polycarbonate panels fastened to 2-by-6-inch studs. At night, airflow reverses as air in the collector cools to outside temperatures. Performance and Economics Sizing the Solar Collector Pros:
Beginner beekeeping questions and resources. | Beekeeping in Manitoba Bee on flower. Do you want to start keeping some bees in your back yard? Manitoba has some really good options when it comes to keeping bees. There are lots of good honey plants, and summers are long enough for bees to take full advantage of them. There are a few options available for getting your first hive of honey bees and all the equipment you will need to get started. Where to get bees from: If you need bees you can get some through this web site, visit the nucs page for more information. Beekeeping Equipment options: BeeMaid Honey in Winnipeg carries all your beekeeping needs, from the hobby beekeeper to the commercial beekeeper they have what you are looking for.Visit the classified adds on the RRAA website.Visit the Classified adds on the Manitoba Beekeepers Association.
Watch | The Crisis Of Civilization sneak a peek at these guys Crisis Of Civilization Aldeburgh Elevate Leeds Watch female impotence Share Subscribe Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Links Networking Please educate friends and help support this movie by sharing it. 2011 © Crisis Of Civilization. How to Build Indoor Hydroponic Gardens Using IKEA Storage Boxes Hey apartment and small space dwellers, here’s an easy DIY compact hydroponic indoor farm system you can make with repurposed off-the-shelf IKEA storage boxes. ELIOOO is not a product, it’s architect and designer Antonio Scarponi’s cleverly conceived and designed instruction manual that teaches any urban gardener how to build, operate, and maintain a choice of six variously sized and configured indoor hydroponic farms–from a small windowsill herb planter to a large mobile vertical garden. The Zurich-based designer’s interest in new ways of utilizing what we already have, rather than producing new things, led him to design with readily-available IKEA products,available almost anywhere in the world as well as online, offering easy access and the ability to calculate the cost. After a successful Indigogo crowdfunding campaign last fall, Scarponi spent several months completing the design manual which is now available for purchase as a book or an eBook. Why Hydroponics?
Growing and caring for Bonsai trees - Bonsai Empire The Nano Garden Lets You Grow Veggies Right in Your Kitchen Whether we're scouring the web for funky flower pots or turning old floppy disks into whimsical homes for herbs and succulents, we love all forms of creative gardening. Cities far and wide have started embracing rooftop gardens for bringing fresh local veggies in the spring, summer and fall to city folks. Fire escapes have become perfect spots for tomato plants, and windows have become increasingly jam-packed with basil, rosemary, mint, and sage. But, what about city dwellers and suburbanites who don't have access to a rooftop garden or plant-friendly fire escape? The Kitchen Nano Garden by Hyundai is a super cool concept for growing a vegetable garden right in your kitchen, without help from sun or rain. The concept takes tiered metal shelving, climate controlled panels, purposefully-directed lumens, and an attachment to a water source to make your indoor vegetable crop dreams a potential reality.
Desert Blooming Department: Back Yard Garden Pools! Graphic shows the Garden Pool’s model. / Courtesy Garden Pool Instead of water wings and inner tubes, Dennis and Danielle McClung’s backyard pool in Mesa, Arizona, is filled with tomato plants, grape vines and wheat. There’s a chicken coop and a fish pond, and the food that comes out of the pool, from tilapia to tomatoes, feeds the McClung family of five. It’s a system that took a few frustrating failures to perfect, but now the McClungs hope to take swimming-pool farming international. When the McClungs bought the foreclosed home in 2009, the backyard was a suburban wasteland with a cracked, concrete, in-ground pool. “The real estate agent told us we had to do something about the pool, but he didn’t give us a good option,” Dennis says. The McClungs has some farming and building experience — Dennis worked on a dairy farm and at Home Depot, and Danielle grew up on small farm in Ohio — and they’d been trying to become as self-sufficient as possible.
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Everyone (Re)invents Aquaponics What follows is likely one of the most useful posts I've written. It's something I wish I'd known before I started down this road. However, I confess some conflict about posting it because it's potentially self-serving, given that a lot of people recently downloaded my plans. I've tried to mitigate this by sharing some other plans as options. Brilliant and interesting early-adopters, aquapons love nothing more than to innovate new paradigms and tear down sacred cows. Also, it’s kind-of a problem. The trouble comes when people like us try and do things by the book, someone-else’s way. You Won’t Believe What I Found in my Barn! I get a lot of emails and read a lot of forum posts. I’m so excited–I just learned about aquaponics and found your blog. When I see this kind of thing, I get both jazzed and sad at the same time, because–while I relate to the excitement of stumbling across this awesome hobby–I know all too well the road this person is starting down. It was pure hubris. Some Plans
Phosphorus in Aquaponics - Bright Agrotech Phosphorus in Aquaponics Phosphorus is one of the primary plant nutrients- the “P” in NPK ratings. It is often overlooked in aquaponic systems simply because it is seldom truly deficient. However, many aquaponic practitioners are not getting the best possible yields out of their flowering and fruiting crops because phosphorus (while not deficient) is not present in high enough amounts during critical stages in production. Phosphorus is very soluble, but also very sought after in the world of plants and algae. The cause of many algae blooms (see: eutrophication), is phosphorus from industrial agriculture that has washed from cropland into rivers and streams, and eventually the ocean. While there is a lot of phosphorus in circulation in nature, natural sources for agriculture are limited. oil” at length, most people are unaware that phosphorus in the form of rock phosphate (the primary source of phosphorus for industrial agriculture) is rapidly being consumed.