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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 15 Entries.
Friday, March 8 View Page
Soil cables going in - aim to increase temps for quick establishment. Power on now, and all seems to be up and work. Will see what temps it gets to as no thermostat. Currently suggest 20 degrees c
Friday, March 8 View Page
Pic now attached!
Saturday, March 9 View Page
Running a trial compost tea; took out the brass regulator and upped the diameter of the pipe over winter for more air. Got some air leaks reducing output - hunted out some PTFE tape and jubilee clips to Inc efficiency. Darn cold in this garage this time of year, so now some insulation under it. I think Iíll fit a home brew heat band and link to an inkbird to put some temp control on to aid microbial growth. Diff temps favour bacteria / fungi - fungi like it warmer.
Saturday, March 16 View Page
More compost tea brewer mods; now a home brew heat belt...
Saturday, March 16 View Page
...rigged to a thermostat & insulation. Running with some adj. water as a second season run, and will see where the temperature lands. Still in the garage which is darn cold, but mess here is preferable to the house. Iíd like to get to 70, but sure if thatís possible in this room at this time of the year.
Sunday, March 17 View Page
Even with the home brew heating belt, I just canít get the temperature in the compost tea brewer to hit target temps. Room temp is 55 f currently, but belt can only get it to 64 f. Going to try a 50 w aquarium heater.
Sunday, March 17 View Page
Started a few test run tomatoes for an experiment with myco, a week or two ago. Transplanted into 9 cm pots during the week
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Put an electric fan in the small greenhouse this year, which is a long standing project. Iím often at work during the hottest parts of the day, so itís linked to a thermostat.
Sunday, April 14 View Page
Thermostat screen idea from YouTube - itís hidden down the bottom of the white tube. Which is linked to the black tube - Duc Taoe in my case! Aim is the black tube heats up and draws air up from the bottom to ensure a passive Ďflowí of air over the thermostat. Never tried it, but giving it a go.
Monday, May 6 View Page
Prepped and ready to go. Back from recent hols. Ground watered, compost tea added, soil heating cables back on, and a sprinkling of kelp meal and chicken pellets applied so they can start being broken down and absorbed. And the white plastic cover from last year washed. Need to wash greenhouse to as seems to be covered in layer of dust. First seeds will be sown later this week; tomatoes in pots in pic are just stand ins. Nearly there!
Friday, May 10 View Page
Seeds started. Fingers crossed!
Sunday, May 12 View Page
My greenhouse is within WiFi range, so Iíve been tinkering with some kiddie technology as a proof of concept
Sunday, May 12 View Page
It currently monitors greenhouse temps, humidity and calculates the VPD - and sends it to an app on my phone.
Sunday, May 12 View Page
Thereís a snapshot of Ďcurrentí greenhouse status (at any given time) Not sure the Ďtargetí figures are correct as such, but itís interesting to see. Wishful thinking on the buttons - they donít actually do anything at the moment. But theoretically they could, from my phone which Iím investigating! :) ...you can tell Iíve been itching to go for a while so been looking at other projects, but night temps only just starting to rise from 5C (40f) here...
Friday, May 17 View Page
4.22 Daho and 5.175 Hill are up after being planted when seeds had a few mm of radicle showing a few days ago. Sadly, my 5.95 Domingo didnít germinate, but I popped another on. Some backups in pots if needed, but Iíd like 2 Domingos in the mix of my 7 plants. My own seed of the 5.95 has germinated and transplanted - fingers crossed.

 

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