It’s been almost exactly a year since I posted an article about the Darwinist experiment in my sideyard (Darwinism in my Sideyard!). I had planted several different kinds of ground cover (Thyme, Violet, Sedum, and Lily-of-the-valley) to see which one would crowd out the others and achieve uncontested domination over the entire area. Continue reading Update: Darwinism in my Sideyard!
On February 2, 2018 I posted The Internet of Things is here . . . , an article about my initial experience with IoT where I described my plan to monitor the water level in my sump and prevent a repeat of the almost catastrophic flooding of 2016.
120 days (and 151,645 measurements) later, the sump is dry and it’s time to take stock. Continue reading Update: Sump Monitoring
. . . a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of . . . projects! (Lord Tennyson rocks!)
Life is good; the sump is dry, bathroom renovations are almost complete, my son has a summer job, my daughter’s school concert was amazing (they performed Hallelujah!). As well, Ottawa weather has been awesome for the last couple of weeks; I feel like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon; a bear from hibernation, the provincial PC party from the political wilderness. Continue reading In the spring . . .
. . . and robust enough for the DIY community.
My sump overflowed in the spring of 2016. I had replaced the old pedestal sump pump and hadn’t adequately secured the new one. It slipped out of place and suddenly I had two inches of water in my basement.
The side yard at my house in Ottawa is not prime territory for a garden. It is very shaded, the soil is poor quality, and over the years it has been taken over by weeds, specifically the common blue violet. In short, it is the perfect site for a mini-project on Darwinism in action, or not.