Experiments

Accidentally Beating the Stock Market, slightly (and I share my secret to success!)

Almost two years ago I threw a bit of money into Robinhood to learn a bit about the stock market. At the time, they were the only major company offering free trades, and now, my primary broker (Schwab) offers that feature as well as many others. And during that time I managed to beat the …

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Cold Frames Need Insulation/Wind Protection: Measuring the Benefits of a Cold Frame

I somehow failed to take and upload any pictures of my cold frame in operation, so here have a stock photo of a similar one. Mine, however, was placed high up on our ‘fortress’ raised bed, exposed to winds. Cold frames have a long history as an agricultural tool to expand the growing season, in …

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The First Experiment: Site Preparation for Native Prairie on Clay Subsoil

Saturday morning, I raced the Ken Woods Road Race, with my sister, riding 84 miles in an hour and half, about twice as long as any other ride I have done this year. Despite my complete exhaustion, when we got to our family’s farm in southeastern Minnesota later in the day, I began a project …

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