I also want to start clothes pick ups.
All that fabric wasted, sold for extremely high prices second hand.
Instead, could be making furniture cushions, roll up beds, diapers, socks, carpets, sweaters, boots, boot covers.
More and more people are poor and homeless. These textiles can easily be converted into nomadic items we all need.
Its just... time and money and spoons..
@PentagramPip you're an idol!
@anarchiv ooo sounds nice! Yea the lack of stability makes it hard to plan.
Ive seen great vermicomposting set ups with phases where the worms travel up from soil medium to the waster areas with grids or large holes, they make their way up (the red wigglers anyway) to the food source, at the bottom is a drain to catch any run off.
Something similar could be done with buckets, where the lid is mostly a screen/grid, the worms travel up, and when a new bucket is full you let them migrate
@anarchiv it would be much easier to move a handful of stragglers then move all the worms every time. Only adding for to the top bucket/drawer/container theyll make their way up and when a drawer/bucket is fully composted its moved lower down in the stack.
the expensive ones are designed this way, but it could be done with buckets or modified furniture
@PentagramPip Thanks for the advice! I'm currently using a similar system for combined hot / cold composting. I'm a bit proud I managed to figure that one out myself.
@PentagramPip huh, I was actually thinking about something like that! It's bugging me that I'm not allowed to set up a composter in the garden because the landlady thinks it'll attract rats. Like... for god's sake, at least let me bury my waste then. All that good soil going to hell.
@anarchiv just an easy way to get carbon in the city. Worms are much more finicky than the bokashi bacteria and yeasts are so, i figure i well let the microbes do the heavy lifting breaking down a wide range of waste, and the worms can finish the job if the output is too high, but i will still need to give them some carbon to digest as well to balance the bin to keep them happy. In comes the cardboard and newspaper. So the worms eat pre compost and paper waste is my plan.
@PentagramPip that's brilliant!
@anarchiv end result is mycellium rich worm casing rich bacteria rich soil. hopefully! so far its working out.
Ya i hope so! Ideally once its set up i can start some kind of service and people will get the inoculate from me, so i can make inoculate from bulk supplies, which would enable me to experiment with different fungus species and maintain their container garden epigenetics.
@PentagramPip aaaah this is great! I already give away lots of plants because I'm growing so many cuttings, but currently I'm still doing so on bought soil which is bugging me, plus I'm trying to really cultivate the soil I'm using (mycellium, nitrogen) and cycle through it.
@anarchiv yea that was my struggle too. It was a pain in the ass sourcing depleted soil from a university greenhouse (my arms are still stronger from that day) but im glad i did. Maybe a more nutrient hungry plant will deplete it enough that the pre compost can break down once you mix them. Straight from the bag its way too rich with manure.
I bought bags to get me started, now that i know the bokashi works, i can deplete it and fertilize it myself. The volume of soil should go up now too
@PentagramPip awesome. I'm so excited for the point where I'll actually be able to create a surplus of fertile soil in my home. I've for the nitrogen going for me, bokashi might be the next sensible step, and I really should read up on mycelium. what was the title of that book you were reading?
Our outdoor compost pile, though, is going really good, except for really big things, like corn cobs and tough things like eggshells and avocado skins, is breaking down in about 2 weeks
As the bokashi breaks down the food, its continually drained. When i added it to the soil, it was spongy, and moist but not damp, Mixed in with a bit of fresh compost, some dry soil and lots of newpaper, i think would be much easier to maintain. Well see!
@steven see, that's what I am used to. you can bury the heavier stuff in a place directly beneath the sky if you don't want it to jam your compost pile. I've never used paper except for the paper I use in the kitchen. adding some depleted soil or even sand is a good idea, too. compost doesn't work if it's only carbon.
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