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by Danux
Mon Jun 08, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Canola Straw as Mulch?
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Canada

Re: Canola Straw as Mulch?

Thanks scrounger, that seems to jive with what I've been reading. I'm looking for decomposition for the first couple of years, looking to enrich the soil, so a finer straw is probably the better choice there, but canola sounds like a good option when my primary concern is retaining moisture. The fac...
by Danux
Thu Jun 04, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Canola Straw as Mulch?
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Canada

Re: Canola Straw as Mulch?

I've read something similar, regarding all straw types. Some, the cows won't eat, until there is nothing else to eat, but once they acquire a taste for it, gobble it down willingly. I think my biggest concern about using canola straw as mulch, is the size of the straw - some of it is as thick as a t...
by Danux
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:32 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Canola Straw as Mulch?
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Canada

Re: Canola Straw as Mulch?

Thanks Farmgal. I got my hands on some wheat straw, ultimately, so I am good for now, but canola straw is readily available and inexpensive, so perhaps I'll use it as my next few layers.

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by Danux
Fri May 08, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Canola Straw as Mulch?
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Canada

Re: Canola Straw as Mulch?

So a bit of internet browsing seems to indicate that canola straw *can* be used as decomposing material for enriching soil, but the nitrogen content is lower than for other types of straw. Wheat seems to be the best, quick to rot and (relatively) high in nitrogen, then pea straw (I think), then oats...
by Danux
Wed May 06, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Livestock, Farming and Gardening
Topic: Canola Straw as Mulch?
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Canada

Canola Straw as Mulch?

Has anyone used canola straw as a garden mulch? Was thinking about starting a garden bed, to be used in a couple of years, looks like I have access to canola straw at a decent price, but am not sure that it is the same nutritional value as wheat straw, or if it would decompose as readily?

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by Danux
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Gardening and agriculture
Topic: Bale Growing
Replies: 8
Views: 1622
Canada

Re: Bale Growing

As a followup, my bale experiment did not go well LOL. I just live too far north for any of the plants I grew to make it. They started OK, but the growing season is too short. I can do carrots in the ground, and I did potatoes in bags, but everything in the bales started, then stopped. Perhaps I sho...
by Danux
Wed Feb 19, 2020 8:21 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?
Replies: 12
Views: 3248
Canada

Re: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

Quite a deal there Peppercorn. Is that called a "gin pole"? I am not (at the moment) in a position to commit to it, but perhaps if I feeling like wasting a bit of money on wind, I'll give you a nudge.

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by Danux
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?
Replies: 12
Views: 3248
Canada

Re: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

I am in kinda the same position. It makes sense to augment solar with wind, but the lack of reputable + affordable small wind has left me in a state of analysis paralysis. I suspect, in the end, it'll come down to rolling the dice on a cheap Chinese/Indian product from whatever company of the moment...
by Danux
Fri Feb 14, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?
Replies: 12
Views: 3248
Canada

Re: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

When I was researching small wind, it seemed that two manufacturers in the USA had been at it for a while. Missouri Wind and Solar, and another whose name escapes me ATM. Bergey was also in there, but quite a bit more coin. The name "Hugh Piggott" came up a lot, when I was looking at them, also.
by Danux
Mon Feb 10, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?
Replies: 12
Views: 3248
Canada

Re: Reputable Wind Turbine Manufacturers?

What is the manufacturer? Know anything about them?

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