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Top 3 DIY Cell Phone Gadgets and one DIY mp3 charger

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  • hamster powered phone charger

 

  • log charging center

 

  • altoid charging center

 

 

  • diy i phone- lol

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June 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm

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DIY Compost Bin

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June 15, 2011 at 10:41 pm

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The hilarious Green Porno Films starring Isabella Rossellini- Bee

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June 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm

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Vegetables That Grow Well in Maryland | Garden Guides

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Main-season sweet corn can be planted between April 20 and June 1. While the planting season can be extended to the beginning of July, corn planted after mid-May may experience more serious problems with pests.

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June 15, 2011 at 4:29 am

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Build Your Own Compost Tumbler

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June 13, 2011 at 6:06 pm

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Gray water: from the washer to the garden

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I was never more excited to do laundry, and it wasn’t because my son and I were running out of clean underwear. I had just installed a system to divert gray water from my washing machine to my xeriscaped frontyard, and I was anxious about whether the $312 and two days I’d spent installing it would pay off.

Considering all the money and political squabbling that goes into getting water to this desert metropolis, it seems silly not to recycle water once it’s here. Especially now. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa are telling us to conserve, which I do. I was still using 253 gallons at my home each day, according to my latest Department of Water and Power bill. I just wanted to use less, and recycling my gray water was one way to do it.

Gray water is the wastewater generated from sinks, showers, bathtubs and laundry machines. All of it could be used to irrigate plants but, instead, is drained to the sewer in Los Angeles County, where it’s treated and, for the most part, sent into the Pacific.

In L.A., about 40% of the water used at home is for outdoor irrigation, according to the DWP. The rest is used indoors. In theory, that meant I could get all the water for my landscape from what I was already using inside. I also would be saving money and doing my minuscule part to save the state.

But, like so many other things in life, translating desire into action is often problematic, as I learned while installing a gray water system at my 90-year-old bungalow in Highland Park. Technically, it’s possible, but only if the system can clear the exceptionally tall technological, financial and bureaucratic hurdles set out in Appendix G of the California plumbing code, which went into effect in 1992 at the tail end of a five-year drought.

The big issue for the state is public health. Releasing untreated water into a landscape may spread bacteria and make humans and animals sick. That’s why the code requires gray water systems to be installed underground.

Although none of the gray water advocates or L.A. County health officials I spoke with for this column are aware of any incidents of gray water-induced sickness, health concerns are the main reason why so few permitted gray water systems exist in the state — and why most people install them without permits, as I did.

The daunting technological legalese of the plumbing code sent me scouring the Internet for other options, which I found through the Santa Barbara firm Oasis Design and a group called the Greywater Guerrillas in Oakland. Pretty much everything I had ever wanted to know about gray water — and then some — was available at http://www.oasisdesign.net, where I spent the better part of an afternoon learning the basics and purchasing two books.

The photocopied-and-stapled “Builder’s Greywater Guide” reiterated many of the same technical and legal issues that had been outlined on the Oasis site, and the glossy and perfect-bound “Create an Oasis With Greywater” gave me more detailed information on systems to consider.

Gray water can be harvested from four principal places in the home. The most desirable is the washing machine, which can generate 10 to 50 gallons a load and have the added benefit of a built-in pump that helps push the water through the plumbing and into the garden.

Showers generate at least 2.5 gallons of water a minute, even from low-flow shower heads, and baths typically use 30 to 40 gallons a soak. They generate a lot of water, but they may also require an additional pump and surge tank, which means more money, electricity and maintenance. Kitchen sinks don’t generate much wastewater, and the water they do yield is full of potentially problematic food debris requiring more complex systems.

Reading the books, I made two decisions: I was installing a gray water system, and I was doing it with my washing machine. By my estimate, it would give me 90 gallons a week.

What the books didn’t provide were enough specifics for me. I’m only a moderately handy person. I need to see and touch and feel something to truly understand it. I needed a workshop.

That’s where the Greywater Guerrillas came in. The self-described group of educators, designers, builders and artists who teach and empower people to “build sustainable water culture and infrastructure” holds semimonthly workshops, mostly in the Bay Area, for wannabe do-it-yourselfers.

I reserved a spot and headed up in August, when the guerrillas planned to take over a Berkeley couple’s house for a day and send their washing-machine water out to their fruit trees and ornamentals.

Over five hours, I re-learned much of what I already knew from the Oasis website and books. I also got to cut and glue pieces of PVC, snip garden hose, dig mulch basins and otherwise help to install the system I hoped to put into action at my house.

The participatory aspect of the workshop was invaluable, but even better was a shopping list, which included the names of each part I’d need, complete with model numbers. All but four items could be purchased from the California-based irrigation company DripWorks ( http://www.dripworksusa.com). I placed my order online, and a box showed up on my doorstep two days later.

The 1-inch-diameter PVC plumbing pipe I needed to re-route the gray water from my washing machine was easily procured from a plumbing supply shop. But I did have trouble finding the three-way plumbing valve I needed to switch my dirty laundry water between my yard (where I planned to send it in dry months) and the sewer (where I’d send it when it was raining or when I was running a load with bleach); I had to buy the valve from the Greywater Guerrillas.

The 100 feet of 1-inch-diameter HDPE irrigation tubing I needed to carry gray water into my yard was impossible to find. I called three irrigation suppliers in L.A., and none had it, so I gave up and bought more expensive and less environmentally sound PVC spa hose from the Home Depot.

Then there were the U-shaped garden stakes to hold the curly spa hose in place. After visiting four nurseries, I ended up crafting my own with ceiling wire and a wire cutter.

Supplies in hand, I was ready to start construction.

Or so I thought. As soon as my washing machine was pulled away from its spot inside a closet and I got an up-close look at the maze of tubes and hookups running to the wall, my mind went blank. My hands-on experience in Berkeley, the notes I’d taken and everything else I thought I had learned flew out the window.

If you are not especially handy, I suggest playing plumber’s apprentice to a friend who’s better schooled in the ways of ratcheting blades and PVC glue. That’s what I did for the first day of the install, which focused on rerouting the plumbing. By comparison, the second day was easy — running the spa and feeder hoses through the landscape, staking them down, mulching.

After seven trips to the plumbing shop and six trips to the Home Depot, the system was ready to roll. I filled up my Whirlpool Thin Twin with my kindergartner’s filthy boywear and Ecos detergent, and I waited for the spin cycle as I never had before.

When the water poured into the garden, my flax, osmanthus and agapanthus were happy. Myself? I was so thrilled I danced.

susan.carpenter@latimes.com

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June 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

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Fish Farms, Fish Farm Systems, Aquaculture, Fish Farming Equipment, Aquaponics – Suburban Farmer

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Fish Farms

Grow Your Own Barramundi, Trout, Silver Perch, Marron and Yabbies!

With a Suburban Farmer fish farm you can easily grow edible fish species that can be harvested to supply your family with fresh fish, produced from your own backyard.

Not only are you growing fresh fish, the filter used to clean the water grows fresh vegetables!

Fresh fish and a vegetable garden that you don’t need to water!

How does it work?

The water in a fish tank is high in nutrients and requires filtering. Instead of using a traditional filter, we pump the water into a specially built vegetable garden that feeds and waters your plants. In turn, the vegetable plants obtain the nutrients they need from the water, and return the filtered clean water to the fish tank.

Growing in this nutrient rich water your vegetables experience accelerated growth rates, are stronger and healthier and use about 10% of the water it takes to grow vegetable plants in soil.

 

Along with maintaining high levels of productivity, Suburban Farmer fish farm systems offer attractive designs, bringing a touch of class to backyard fish farming.

What we do

We install quality fish farm systems of various sizes capable of growing species such as barramundi, marron, trout, yabbies, black bream and silver perch. We can also retro- fit your existing water feature or pond by adding a water-wise vegetable garden filter.

With a tested simple design, our systems are easy to maintain, inexpensive to run and can fit in the corner of the patio or backyard. You only need 3 square metres in order to grow 25 fish and 30 – 50 vegetable plants.

Fish Farm Systems

Features of Suburban Farmer fish farms include:

  • Attractive water features that are highly productive
  • Easy care – all you need to do is feed your fish!
  • Include all the tools and equipment needed to successfully rear fish to eating size, without any prior knowledge of fish farming
  • Easy to upgrade
  • Only require 3 x 3 metres of space
  • Inexpensive to run
  • Operation manual included
  • Any size and shape available, design your own!
  • Separate components available for DIY

Fish

  • Grow a range of species from Barramundi, Trout, Silver Perch, Marron, Yabbies and more
  • Grow 25 fish per vegetable garden filter, and you can increase the amount of fish in your tank by adding more vegetable filters (which means more vegetables too!)
  • Easy to look after and cheap to feed
  • Grow fish according to the seasons: Barramundi in summer, Trout in the winter

Vegetable Garden Filter

  • Grow better vegetables faster! Our fish farms use 10% of the water it takes to grow vegetable plants in the ground
  • Grow more vegetables! The plants only compete for light so you can plant more vegetables in a smaller area
  • Grow any vegetable!
  • Can also grow fruits and herbs
  • Certified Organic Seedlings available

Photos

Below: Are you telling me something that looks this good supplies us with fresh fish and veggies??

Fish Farm

Fish Farms

Fish Farming

Aquaponics

Each wrought iron filter stand is hand made and the result is outstanding. You really need to see the stands in person to appreciate how good they look. They are a stunning piece of garden furniture! The stands are incredibly strong and available in aztec gold (as seen on the round stands) or silver (as seen on the square stands).

Backyard Aquaculture

Fish Farm

A newly setup vegetable filter added to an existing fish farm. These small seedlings will soon match those in the neighbouring beds.

Backyard Fish Farms

Backyard Fish Farms

Backyard Aquaponics

and of course the fish!

Barramundi

Marron

Marron

Trout

Lunch

 

System Features

Systems come complete with everything you need to raise fish and grow vegetables. Features include:

Fish Tank

  • 1500 ltr (1.7m diameter)
  • Upgradable to 1800 ltr (1.85m diameter) or 2000ltr (2m diameter)
  • Choice of colour: green, cream or silver

Vegetable Filter

  • Choice of Size: 300ltr, 400ltr or 600ltr
  • Choice of shape: Round, Square or Rectangle
  • Choice of colour: green, cream or silver
  • Upgradeable: Add more filters to grow more fish and veggies

Decoractive Stand

  • Very Strong, Durable with excellent finish
  • Choice of colour finish: black powdercoat with silver, gold or copper flick

AC-DC battery backup air pump:

  • Self recharging battery
  • Automatically switches to battery power during power outage
  • Automatically switch back to mains power and recharges battery when power returns
  • 10 hour battery life

Expanded Clay Media

  • Lightweight
  • ph Neutral
  • Helps stimulate root activity
  • Good moisture holding capabilities

Pump

  • 2 year warranty
  • Upgrade ready: no need to upgrade pump when upgrading fish farm

Operation Manual

  • Detailed information about the management of your fish farm

Ongoing support

  • Free helpful advice if you need it
  • Home delivery of fish available
  • Free delivery of fish feed to your door

What Our Customers Say

“This form of self sufficiency is contagious and a way forward for food production.”

“My mate has joined me and we each grow more and share the abundant crops”

“My system seems to be getting stronger by the season with almost no effort”

Read more…

Here’s an idea!

The water in your fish farm is nutrient rich liquid gold! Keep a watering can near your fish farm and fill to water your fruit trees, favourite plants or vegetables planted in the ground. They will love you for it!

Where can I see a working display?

Soon to be announced! The public display will be available from April 2011. We will also be at Garden Week.

Pricing and Orders

To receive our pricing guide please complete the below form. The dimensions of the fish farm systems are included on the price list.

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Here’s an idea!

Add worms to your vegetable garden filter! Worms add extra minerals to the system through ‘worm wizz’, eat any uneaten fish food that has been pumped into the vegetable filter and clear roots left behind by removed vegetable plants.

Consultation

Consultation services are available to discuss all aspects of our fish farms, discuss a custom solution or seek advice for a DIY fish farm. Topics covered include:

Fish Farm Operation
Maintenance
Fish Species and Care
Feeding
Filter System and Plants
Overall Performance

Consultations include a written report that summarises the concepts, ideas and recommendations we discuss during a visit.

For bookings please contact Mike on 0431 134 467 or at mike@suburbanfarmer.com.au

Fish Feed

Our feed is a high quality commercial aquaculture grade feed with optimised nutrition that provides a well balanced diet for the optimum health and growth performance of both your fish and plants.

Pellet Types:
Floating

Pellet sizes:
4mm and 7mm

Available amounts:
1kg – 20kg

Contact Mike on 0431 134 467 or mike@suburbanfarmer.com.au to arrange free delivery (within Perth metro area).

Fish Stock

In season stock available includes Barramundi, Trout, Silver Perch, Marron and Yabbies. For availability and delivery please contact info@suburbanfarmer.com.au

Coming Soon!

DIY Fish Farm plans and designs

Make your own backyard fish farms constructed using easily obtainable materials that you can get from any of the major hardware stores anywhere in the world. The plans which also detail the methods and materials used will soon be available, email info@suburbanfarmer.com.au to register your interest!

 

Fish Farms, Fish Farm Systems, Aquaculture, Fish Farming Equipment, Aquaponics – Suburban Farmer.

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June 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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