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Solar Panels and EMP?

Dear Editor,

In the case of an EMP, how do solar panels fare? They would be very hard to protect. It would really hurt to lose them.

Thanks,

Natalie

 

Dear Natalie,

We’ve addressed electronics and their components during an EMP event with several of our articles. In addition to our article in Monday’s newsletter (July 22, 2013) about solar flares and EMP events, here are some additional links that address your concerns:

//www.offthegridnews.com/2011/11/28/the-electromagnetic-pulse-what-you-need-to-know/#  (there is a lot of good information and links in this article)

//www.offthegridnews.com/2013/04/04/from-the-archives-only-10-will-survive-will-you-be-one-of-them-with-ross-howarth-episode-151/#  (radio episode with Ross Howarth, vice president of EMPact America… lots of good information and sources)

//www.offthegridnews.com/2011/07/25/faraday-cages-your-electronics-and-emps/#

//www.offthegridnews.com/2010/11/29/protecting-your-circuits/#

Thanks for writing! I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

The Editor

 

 

Inexpensive Plant Markers?

Dear Editor,

We’ve all seen those little plastic identification markers that come with bedding plants. They wind up either faded or crumbled to bits before the season is out. Also, I’m trying my hand at seed saving and want to be able to continue marking my plants. Do you have an inexpensive way to do this?

Thanks,

BW

 

Dear BW,

Oh boy, do I! And it was my husband that came up with the idea! Go to your local Walmart or dollar store (if they have them) and buy a cheap set of window blinds. And when I say cheap, I mean the $3 set. Cut the slats apart, and then cut them up into 6 inch strips. (Buy a width that will give you the least waste when you do this.) Make one end pointed, use a Sharpie® permanent marker to write on them, and mark away! They’re much sturdier than the ones that come in the stores with bedding plants, and they last longer. And one set of window blinds will give you years’ worth of plant markers.

Thanks for writing!

The Editor

 

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    Sharon

  2. The Plant marker idea is EXCELLENT!!! However, why not use the slates from an old window blind and put the new one in its place? The window will thank you. Thanx for sharing. Peace.

  3. Can you advise or reassure me that the D.earth that I bought does indeed work. I have given my raised beds three dusting with no results. Bug’s are still living in my organic gardens. Someone suggested using my shop vac?? Really. We have had a lot of rain,but I continue to dust afterwards. They keeping coming. What say you. Thanks. Southern Patriot

    • No expert here but this is what I’ve read and experienced with DE.
      Last fall and for a few months prior, I had German Roaches appear in my kitchen every night when I’d turn on the lights as well as scurrying around during the morning. I dusted my counter-tops, sink area, pantry, between appliances, along baseboards and across every entrance. At first I was disappointed as they continued making their appearances. 3 or 4 weeks later, with white DE dust still visible in many locations I realized they were no longer present and have remained gone for the past 8 months.
      I think that the DE is effective as a dry powder and not necessarily when wet or even after it dries again as a thin cake form. The idea is that the small particles cut the insects and help to dehydrate them. Last fall and this spring I’d powder my tomatoes to get rid of Spider Mites. It seemed to work after some time until washed off by rain or watering and I neglected to repeat applications every week (when rain was not forecast for a few days). The Mites destroyed my plants.
      I have found that diluted Rubbing Alcohol (1:1 with 70% alcohol or 2:1 with 90%) sprayed on the plants kills almost instantly w/o hurting the plants. I also mix some DE into the spray hoping to get any hatch-lings. AGAIN – must reapply weekly until all gone and all hatched.
      Be aware that DE reportedly can also kill your beneficial pollinators and bugs (bees, lady bugs, etc).

  4. Thanks ever so much for the timely response. As I have stated in other reply’s to this site, OTGN is A- OK, in my books. Thanks again. SP

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