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Common Household Remedies Request

Two followups!

First, on my lethal seafood compost: I had a talk with one of the Elders at the Farmer's Market today, and he said this: The compost wasn't completely "cooked," which is why it heated up! (Exactly as my compost heap does as it turns to soil.) So no wonder the plants hated it, I would too! And the cucurbits, especially, hated it; IIRC they are very sensitive about their roots, especially when being transplanted. I was late ordering, and perhaps that's why I got stuff that was still cooking; scraping the bottom of the pile, as it were. That's also why the compost smelled bad; it wasn't really soil yet, which smells nice. And he says skunks really go for rotting seafood, so I'm lucky none showed up. For the compost that was thinly spread, it seems to have burnt itself out, so the tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, and cukes from flats survived. Today I added more cukes and more peppers. Tomorrow, I will add the last of the tomatoes and rework the squash mounds. They're are still hot -- and I was trying to hard to be nice to my squash! -- and he recommended I bury that compost in a trench. So, at last a tenable theory and by June 28 I seem to have gotten everything going. Now, for the long, long Indian summer, crossed fingers!

Second, on my weird phone problems. I did exactly one thing: I went down the basement, unscrewed a junction box, and screwed it back on because all the wires looked good. I went to bed with the phone saying "Line in use" so I couldn't call out. I got up and found that the phone worked again: A dial tone, and I can get calls in and out. I suppose I have to thank The Phone Gods, or a reader sending some good karma my way.

So, a happier outcome for the compost, with reason; and a happy outcome for the phone, for no reason at all.

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Submitted by quixote on

The phone thing sure sounds like the voip getting one of its channels screwed up, and then eventually resetting itself when it got bored. Machines. Can't live with them. Can't live without them.

Glad to hear the compost issues got sorted out.

Submitted by lambert on

But perhaps the central office has something to do with which frequency (???) on my copper line runs voice, and which runs data. That could be it. I've also been wondering if a noisy line could be contributing to my WiFi woes.

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Submitted by nippersdad on

Heh. At last a tenable theory?

I like your elder at the Farmer's market.

Your "thin stuff" may not actually have burned out yet; not enough depth to sustain the cycle. You might consider trenching that with the other as well as long as you are at it. Otherwise you may end up with intermittent smells when the weather gets hot.

Submitted by Dromaius on

I have to get you growing your starts indoors....plain old shop lighting with cheapie hardware store T8 lighting works fantastically well.

Here are my tomatoes, grown from seed. This shot was taken a week ago. The "kids" have added several inches since then. And I should mention, I live in chilly Western WA. Our weather isn't quite as mild as Maine, but pretty mild.

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Submitted by lambert on

... has always been the wood stove; I get wild temperature swings. Then in the rest of the house (not my area) I have steam heat, which plants don't like either. And I'm not sure I want to pay the electrical bill for the lights.

Submitted by Dromaius on

We also get wild temperature swings, partly because we don't heat a lot of the late winter. We like it cool ;-).

Four fluorescent T8 tubes use very little energy, just a few dollars a month. It's much cheaper than buying plant starts. Source: My SO is an energy conservation engineer.