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About NaturalScience

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  • About Me:
    A decent fisherman who hopes to get better.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Dreaming about boats I'll never own. Lol.
  • What I do for a living:
    Work too hard for too little
  1. Looking forward to seeing the results. I knew someone here would be able to explain that stall thing better than I. Cheers.
  2. Zucchini likes a warm soil, around 60 degrees. One of the suggestions is to use black plastic mulch when planting early. I don't know enough to say when soil temps are at 60 but I would guess a week or 2 into may to put outside. They also are sensitive to their roots being disturbed.
  3. I do believe it is common. Happens right around that 160 degree point you were at. I wish I had more information about it but it's just something I remember reading about. I think they suggestion was to resist turning up the heat, that the temperature will eventually start to rise again. All the best.
  4. Thanks Mike, your wisdom is always welcome. My soil is roughly 1/3 compost, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss, very good for water movement. I think the 1/4" soaker tube with internal emitters spacing of 6" should do the trick. I of course am completely guessing.
  5. I think that is called the stall JD. If I'm correct you just keep plugging on and the temp starts to rise again. Looks good.
  6. Nicely done..
  7. Here's the basic layout I've come up with.
  8. Hmm. My original thinking on this was to feed the beds at 10 psi for the soaker hose (they allegedly do better at low psi) and the branch that does the pots at 30 psi with a 1 or 2 gph emitter for the pots. (For deeper watering) However, writing this out now makes me think that my logic doesnt really work and you are probably correct about the second zone. They probably need more frequent watering not just more water per cycle. Thank you.
  9. I have a question regarding the drip irrigation. The 1/2" mainline can deliver 240 gph. (In theory, haven't tested) The 1/4" tube can deliver 30 gph. If using 1/4" soaker tube with 6" spaced emitters at .5 gph each emitter, two 8' lengths or soaker tube per bed produces 16 gph per bed. 10 beds x 16 gph per bed equals 160 gph total. 3 beds x 8 gph (8'x1' beds with 1 run per bed) equals 24 gph. Up to maybe 20 individual pots at 1 gph per pot equals 20 gph. (Total guess, probably 5 or 6) 160+24+20=204 gph total for system. . Only 1 zone needed?
  11. I've only done low and slow in the oven, a picnic shoulder for pulled pork. I go 12 - 13 hours at 200 225. I imagine the principle is the same. Personally I'd err on the side of caution and get it started early. If it finishes before you plan on serving you can always slice and heat before serving. If you start it late and it doesn't finish, no ham. Best of luck JD.
  12. This is where the peppers are at. The eggplant.
  13. Put in the roofing nails to "anchor" the sides of the chicken wire. It does the job but not as well as I had hoped. The wire is so flimsy it doesn't keep tension through the length but it's good enough. Here goes with the pics.leeksbroccoli cabbage onions asparagus spinach (just sprouted)UpUpper: radish Middle: snap peas Lower: bok choy
  14. That's right hydro too. Amazing what difference that makes. My buddy is a mushroom farmer and has a friend that farms aquaponics. Its unbelievable the plants he grows, beautiful stuff, all from fish ****. You grow year round?