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Gardening Notes: Compost

Compost Add compost to your soil as often as you can.  A 1/2″” layer added each year is typical. Low-Grade Compost Use a typical compost bin that creates a high-heat situation and converts the material quickly.  Most of nutrient value … Continue reading

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Make Your Own Complete Organic Fertilizer

Making your own Complete Organic Fertilizer (from Gardening When it Counts) Mix by volume (not weight): 4 parts seedmeal (or 3 parts seedmeal and 1 part tankage (AKA blood-and-bone, meatmeal)) 1/4 part agricultural lime 1/4 part gypsum 1/2 part dolomite lime 1 … Continue reading

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Chimney Repair

I neglected to keep the paint and caulk in good condition on my chimney, so the wood trim rotted and leaked water. Quality builders will use materials that hold up to the weather, such as brick, but not these homes … Continue reading

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Adjusting Valves

I finally got around to adjusting the valves on Betty.  This is something Mercedes says you need to do every 15,000 miles.  Every single one of the valves needed adjusting, so I’m sure it has been a while since it … Continue reading

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