Hauling manure with a longtail bicyclePosted: February 9, 2010 Filed under: 3. Food Security, 5. Alt Transportation | Tags: car replacement bicycle, cargo bike, cargonista, electric ute, food forest, kona ute, permaculture Comments Off on Hauling manure with a longtail bicycle
Using my new Wike DIY trailer, I hauled by smelliest load by far this weekend: fresh horse manure.
I built a set of “hot beds” to start seedlings last week from scrap lumber and Freecycle window frames. Hot beds are simply cold frames that have some heat source to warm the seedlings in the winter, allowing them to grow faster than an unheated greenhouse or cold frame.
I wanted to experiment with a non-electric heat source, which pretty much just leaves manure. Under the sloped glass roof of the hot bed, we now have 18″ of manure, covered by 6″of dirt, to provide plenty of extra heat for the vegetable seedlings to get a kick start on growing prior to Spring. We’ve got them located on the North side of our property, sloped to the south, to grab as much winter sun as possible.
The cargo bike and Wike trailer did great hauling this load, although the stable owner clearly thought I was nuts showing up with a bicycle to haul manure.
I’ve been testing the replacement eZee battery this past week; getting about 7MPC. Better than the previous 5MPC, but no where close to the claim 20-25MPC in the eZee documentation. Buyer beware.