• ### Terrace Gardening Update

There are three places where we have been doing organic gardening. One on either sides of the house, two on the terrace and three outside of our compound wall. I already gave an update on the garden on either sides of the house. Since I’d like to keep you guys up to date, in this post I am giving an update on the terrace garden and the garden that is outside. Now for the bad news. We recently stopped doing the terrace gardening. There are a few reasons which I will get to in a minute. Meanwhile, our outside garden is still doing fine, but not to the level we want.

• ### Capital Gains Harvesting

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned about tax loss harvesting being a legitimate way to reduce your taxes. In this post, I will explain another way to reduce taxes while taking capital gains using capital gains harvesting. A capital gain harvesting is basically a method of tactically selling some of your investments for capital gains without actually paying any taxes on them. How does that work? Let’s find more about it in this post.

• ### Solar Panel Project Update - Part 3

In my previous post I explained how I improved the accuracy of my DC sensors using ADS1115. But there is one problem though. The ADS1115 gives accurate reading even when the supply voltage keeps changing. Yet, the sensor values will not be correct. The reason is that if the supply voltage is changing, the reading on the sensor will also change, but the accuracy of the reading will be stable because ADS1115 is independent of power supply voltage fluctuations. For example, let’s say the supply voltage is 2.5V, then when there is no current, the DC current sensor will read 2.5V, and in the code we assume the current is 0 at 2.5V. Now if the supply voltage drops to 4V then the sensor will read 2V, which is still the mid point and indicates 0 current. But in the code we have a hard coded number that 2.5V is the midpoint and we mistakenly assume that some current proportional to -0.5V is passing through the wires. That is the problem.

• ### DIY Projects

In an earlier post I talked about how we try to do repairs where possible and upkeep things to extend the life of some products. As an extension of that post, we also wondered how we could possibly cut costs by doing some things ourselves instead of buying stuff. This again while it seems like a frugal activity (which it is) also reduces the environmental impact. I know I am talking a lot about environment without even having a degree in it. Well, my life partner has a Masters degree in it (literally).