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Starting To Plant

I got my shelf and my potting bench in the Greenhouse.  Started some rosemary cuttings, and a few peppers, basil and lettuce . I also divided a Peace lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) that was in my mom’s room . It had out grown the pot so I made 5 pots out of it. Yes it was very over grown for the pot.

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Some of the succulents brought in earlier.

Here are the cuttings and seedlings. I have also started some peat pot soaking for the seeds I have on the way.IMG_0018IMG_0019IMG_0022IMG_0021

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Tops on the pickle barrels to keep out any bugs.

Here is the Prayer plant that was divided looks like it got a little cold last night.

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I decided to bring them in for awhile , haven’t got heat in the green house yet.

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Put the peppers up high for the heat and sun.

The bloom is fake we put that i for my mom before the plant bloomed on its own.

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Plumbed in With a few leaks

Well finally got out in the greenhouse today and worked on the system. Have been super busy lately, so haven’t been working out there.

But today I got the plumbing to the grow beds and the return to the holding tanks in.

Got all the bell syphons in the line from the pickle barrels and the return lines in.

That is where the went well part ended…lol

I was able to use the parts from the old system for the bell syphons

Here is how I tied the grow beds together to make sure they fill at the same rate.

The Duck weed tank full and draining

showing the intake for the Duckweed drain. So it will pull water from under the Duckweed and not drain it in to the fish tank.

This is the line to the grow bed almost full

Just as the water started to flow to the grow beds.

Water to the grow beds.

Here is where the good news stopped.  The water only made it to the first bed.  After I re-checked. the pipe ran up hill from here. So I will have to do a little re-plumbing. But other than that and a few leaks( every thing is dry fitted) it works well.

It is Really Coming Together Now

I have been working on the system just not documenting it. Had a little snag the other day. Burned up my old Miter saw, So had to go to Lowes and get a new one, ah shucks…lol. Well got all the lumber cut and partially assembled. I did all that I could in the drive way. It is a better work surface than the backyard, not such a grade.

My New Toy

The rails for the carriage

The rest of the carriage.

Yesterday I got the rails on the IBC to hold the Duck Weed tank.

I have gotten started on the plumbing. I have the fitting in the fish tank where the water will flow to the two pickle barrels.

Also in the pickle barrel coming in from the fish tank, and the connection of the the two pickle barrels.

SO that is where the project is right now . Tomorrow I plan on putting the carriage that will hold the grow beds . I think it will be easier to put it together inside the greenhouse.  we will see how that turn out.

Got the Green House Up

Here are just a few shots of the green house up;. I still have to get the system up and running. Will have to make another trip to pick up more barrels.

All Framed Out

Got started today around 0800 when my friend Eric arrived.  With the exception of installing a few pieces backwards and not installing the extra bolts when the instructions said to and having to back track and correct those, it went really well. Could not have done it without the help of my Bud Eric though.

As you can see in the photos above we got everything done minus putting the door and windows in , and then installing the clear panels.  The shot of the tarps show that we whittled down the number of parts. Tomorrow I hope to get the rest of it done.

IBC and Barrels

I drove over to Pink hill and met a Brent Kennedy of Cabin Creek barrels Monday. Very nice elderly gentleman who had the IBC and Barrels at very fair prices.  His IBCs are just about new only having been used one time. They held animal proteins the hog farmers use to supplement feed. They get them in used the product and throw them out, their waste my good fortune. He also had both 65 gal pickle barrels and blue 55 gal plastic barrels. I would have loved to gotten 2 of the blue and 2 of the pickle barrels along with the IBC but just could not fit then all in the truck. I mention how fair his prices were, $10 ea for the barrels and $65for the IBC in the cage and on the metal pallet. pretty good huh.

I got the IBC cut down yesterday, cut the bottom of the cage off at 8 inches and 8 inches off the top of the container. Will use the bottom of IBC in the top of the cage as the fish tank. I will use the bottom of the cage and the pallet with the top of the IBC as a raft system growing leafy vegetables like lettuce , boc choy, pac choy, and u choy.

Here the IBC has been cut and stacked so I could move it with a hand cart.

You can see the top ins in the bottom of the cage and above is the bottom of the IBC in the top of the cage.

I screwed up a little on the cut meant to cut at 8 inches but actually on one side drew the line at 6 so a little off but should not be that big a deal.

The Barrels all ready to go.

Today I got out and and finished getting the foundation in place. I have a buddy coming by in the morning that will help me put the frame on the foundation. Then we will get to remove the soil from the inside and start covering the brush in the Hugelkulturl.

I am enjoying a little alcohol and Percocets, after all the squatting placing those blocks today . I even found some Bio Freeze. So not doing to bad right now. Wait till to morrow evening lol.

Hugelkultur??? Give it a Shot???

I read about Hugelkultur on line several places and I just happened to have a lot of wood and brush laying around. So going to give it a shot.  If you don’t know what Hugelkultur is you are not alone,I didn’t eithier. Of course I couldbe wrong and you and I are the only ones who do not know… any here is what Wikipedia has to say about:

Hügelkultur

The practice of making raised garden beds filled with rotting wood.[16][17] It is in effect creating a Nurse log, however, covered with dirt.

Benefits of hugelkultur garden beds include water retention and warming of soil.[16][18] Buried wood becomes like a sponge as it decomposes, able to capture water and store it for later use by crops planted on top of the hugelkultur bed.[16][19]

The buried decomposing wood will also give off heat, as all compost does, for several years. These effects have been used by Sepp Holzer for one to allow fruit trees to survive at otherwise inhospitable temperatures and altitudes.[17]

That said what I get from it is Lasagne bed. Just layering material over logs and rotting wood. OK so that is what I have started. I removed all the top soil from the bed and just for lack of a better place to put it I moved it inside the green house frame. This is all soil that I have been amending for several years with compost in my raised beds. I will use this on the hugelkultur bed along with the top soil from the green house site.

This is the bed with the wood and brush I had around the yard. I also used the old rotting lumber that was the other two beds.

I am not going to make a traditional hugelkultur, in that it wont be six ft tall and about 4-5 ft wide. This will be 4 ft wide and how every tall it gets. I might have to bring in some extra top soil, we’ll see.

 

this was just some shots around the yard. My better half Sharon told me that i needed something in the picture of the tree frog for scale to show how small they really are.

Going to get the IBC and two blue 55 gal drums that will be the grow beds. Once I get them and the IBC dug in I can put the green house up. I will get hem tomorrow, have to drive over Beullaville to pick them up , that will take most of the day tomorrow.  But I will be sure to get pictures.