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  • in reply to: Who is George Webb? #15768
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    Diplomatic containers?

    Club K container missile systems

    Nothing to see here, everybody move along now.

    Carry on Mr Pepper
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    in reply to: Who is George Webb? #15767
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    in reply to: Who is George Webb? #15764
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    Day 500 recap

    in reply to: But What Are YOU Listening To Now? (2nd Thread – NO EMBEDS) #14640
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    in reply to: Goat Forum #14252
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    I’ve always hated “Pigs”

    I may have been wrong about that:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zbsUtQL4nY

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: passive solar greenhouse #13614
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    High Desert,

    Everything looks like it coming together very nicely, even with the hic-ups. Hey what is that table left of the stove in the last picture. It looks like something I’ve seen before:), anyways keep the pics and updates coming.

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: But What Are YOU Listening To Now? (2nd Thread – NO EMBEDS) #13358
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    Some Classics

    Depeche Mode

    Enigma

     

    Mr Pepper

    The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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    Something fitting for today :)

    The Beatles

     

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    Boards from the past

    I really need to get out more often

    The Edgar Winter Group

    Styx

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #13205
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    The escapee’s

    are escaping:) These are the tomato plants from the hydroponic system that are growing outside the panels. It is only two plants doing all that growing.I had to add supports for them and looking at them again today, it looks like I’ll have to add MOAR supports.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #13204
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    Mr Cog,

    I’ll be doing a scratch method on this one, it will be a lot cheaper to build this way and it will be custom for my needs. This will be my cold weather project so I have plenty of time to do it right. I procured the needed panels for the project already and I’m just trying to schedule a time for my friend to do the frame( to code) for me. I’ll do everything else after that.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #13137
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    Hydroponics update

    The shed is gone and you know what that means. Moar hydroponics and a small 10’x10′ greenhouse where the shed was:) I obtained the same panels ( same low price) I used on the side and I have a friend who’s committed to building the frame for me. I’ve always wanted to build one and now I’m going to build one.

    The pepper plants are still producing but they have slowed down a bit, the basil plants are over 5′ tall and I’m using them almost daily now. The tomato plants are coming out the other side of the panels and they have tons of blooms and tomatoes on them.

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: The 2015 Backyard Garden #13134
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    Alata Yam update

    This stuff is really growing now and I’ve done absolutely nothing to it other than take some pictures. I will try to harvest one later on in the year.

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Sprouts #13127
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    Broccoli sprouts anyone

    I started eating these things a week ago due to some stomach issues and they’re the only thing that’s working so far. I ordered some from Amazon and started two trays today.

    I do them in a tray of potting mix with the soil very damp. I then add the germinated seeds, spread them out as evenly as I can and cover them with a damp paper towel. I then cover them with another tray and place them in a darkroom for a few days. I did some last year with this method and it worked fine.

    I’ll post an update when they’re done.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    Hmm..

    Look at first comment:)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NXnxTNIWkc

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: passive solar greenhouse #13086
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    High Desert,

    Big, big difference from a month ago. WOW and the blooms are everywhere. The plants look so healthy and no signs of bug activity anywhere that I can see. It looks great, awesome job.

    It’s got to be a great feeling for your family when you see the results of ALL the planning and hard work paying off.

     

    Mr Pepper

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    No easy way to be free…..It’s a hard, hard world.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4xjr9v5ehk

    You can checkout anytime you like but you can never leave

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOsqjn_67QY

     

    Carry on, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: passive solar greenhouse #12838
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    High Desert,

    It looks like everything is finally coming together. It’s amazing what you’ve got done in the last few months. Please give us an update on the goodies inside.

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #12837
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    Highdesert,

    Great pictures of the wildlife, those rock squirrels look pretty large. I personally find it ironic how those animals can look so cute yet can be so destructive at the same time.

     

    Mr Pepper

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    This song just popped into my mind, weird…

    Jackson Brown Dr my eyes

    Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
    And the slow parade of fears without crying
    Now I want to understand

    I have done all that I could
    To see the evil and the good without hiding
    You must help me if you can

    Doctor, my eyes
    Tell me what is wrong
    Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

    ‘Cause I have wandered through this world
    And as each moment has unfurled
    I’ve been waiting to awaken from these dreams
    People go just where they will
    I never noticed them until I got this feeling
    That it’s later than it seems

    Doctor, my eyes
    Tell me what you see
    I hear their cries
    Just say if it’s too late for me

    Doctor, my eyes
    Cannot see the sky
    Is this the PRICE for having learned how not to cry

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Goat Forum #12833
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    Hey TIF’ers

    Found another cute animal video.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CcJuDib8tQ

     

    Keep calm like the people in the video and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: The 2015 Backyard Garden #12828
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    Food for Life

    That’s what my friend from Florida said as he sent me these roots to grow last year. He said all you have to do is cut them into 2 inch slices and push them in the ground about 4 inches. He said you don’t have to do anything with them, just leave them alone and since I had a spot in the back corner of property, that’s what I did.

    The Alata Yam http://www.eattheweeds.com/yam-a-the-alata/ I planted mid last year and it kind of died back during the colder months, but today it’s thriving.
    Health benefits
    Due to its medicinal constituents, Dioscorea Alata offers a number of health benefits. This plant is useful in overcoming various types of physical illness and problems. Other health benefits of Dioscorea Alata are listed below:

    • Presence of high level of Vitamin B6 in Dioscorea Alata reduces depression among women.
    • The pace of converting the carbohydrates present in Dioscorea Alata into sugar is very sluggish, hence, helps to curb the increase of blood sugar level in the human body.
    • Dioscorea Alata elements prove beneficial for human urinary, respiratory and nervous systems.
    • High manganese content in Dioscorea Alata increases the energy level in human body.

    Below are some additional links on this purple beauty.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dioscorea_alata

    http://growerjim.blogspot.com/2014/02/winged-yam-name-dioscorea-alata.html

    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/32242/

    http://www.onlyfoods.net/dioscorea-alata.html

     

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Capital Controls #12695
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    Mr smith says: “Some of you may find the word theft harsh or even offensive. But we must differentiate between taxes—which are levied to pay for the state’s programs that in principle benefit all citizens” The most absurd thing I’ll probably read today, however it is still early so time will tell. I went ahead and posted the legal definition of theft.

    Theft

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    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Lemon Trees – Putting the Pucker in Prepping #12680
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    The lemon water idea is awesome and so simple. I needed an idea for the one lemon I picked the other day and now I have it:)

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    Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: passive solar greenhouse #12679
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    High Desert,

    Nice job on the ventilation units. My question is at what temp do they open, what is the range? I’ve seen them for sale and wasn’t sure how they really worked, now I do:)

    I’ve been reading your adventures on your blog and it’s amazing with all the challenges you and the wife have overcame. Kudos to you and your family for the effort and taking the time to share your experiences with others.

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12648
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    What is reality?

    RealityfoodUrbanpeppersrealitybasilandsquash

     

    Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #12626
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    Highdesert, no I really mean Hi,

    I love the pictures of the wildlife that you encounter though the seasons, but my favorite is the spoiled  ferocious guard dog.

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Lost and Found #12625
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    Zenscreamer,

    I’m just glad you’re still with us, I think all of us can learn from each other.We all might not agree a 100% of the time, but I think that’s a good thing also. I’m also glad that this thread actually worked at finding someone, even at a 25% success rate, it works for me, lol.

    I hope you are able to share some of the revelations and alternative theories you’ve encountered. But if you can’t, I’ll completely understand as I personally know that it’s very hard to share that kind of stuff.

    Like Mrs Cog says, weird works wonderfully!!

     

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12583
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    I bought these inexpensive water farm hydroponic systems last year (59 fiat) and I used them in the grow room and tried to grow tomatoes in them, boy did they grow to almost 8 feet but they didn’t produce any fruit. I propagated about 20 plants out of the two plants when I shut down the room earlier this year. The system comes with everything including the clay pebbles and nutrients. http://www.urbansunshine.com/general-hydroponics-waterfarm?cPath=257_380&amp;

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    After cleaning up one of the units I added it to the current set up and it’s also running off solar power. I decided to try a yellow squash plant. I have it set up next to the other system on the ground and I can move it around when needed. I’ve got it on a timer and it gets fed 9 times per day  mostly during the day light and twice at night. I’ve had to tweak the feed schedule a few times and I think I’m done for now.

    Yesterday I added a pulley and plant collar to give it support for when it starts producing fruit the stems won’t break off due to excessive weight. Pictures below show the location and the progression of the growth. I started the plant on May, 12th from a sickly looking plant I got at Lowe’s for $2.

    The plants looks super healthy and has lot’s of blooms in the last few days.I’ve looked at the root system via lifting the unit from the base and they look healthy also ( no pictures of roots) I will try to get some pictures of the roots, it’s impossible to do with one person. I’m going to clean the other unit up soon and try something else. I’m very impressed so far and I might pick up a couple more of these down the road.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #12579
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    Here are some pictures of the wildlife that hang around my yard. Some of them hanging around might be my fault when I put up chairs and food for them:)

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Take A Walk on the Wild(life) Side #12560
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    I love this quote from the article.

    “When left alone, the opossum does not attack pets or other wildlife; he does not chew your telephone or electric wires, spread disease, dig up your flower bulbs or turn over your trash cans. On the contrary, the opossum does a great service in insect, venomous snake, and rodent control. He takes as his pay only what he eats, and maybe a dry place to sleep. The ‘possum tolerates our pets, our cars, prodding sticks, rocks and brooms. ‘Attacks’ by opossums are simply non-existent. When he gets too close, or accidentally moves into your attic space, he can be easily convinced to move along. If you are lucky enough to have one of these guys come around, you can rest assured he is cleaning up what he can, and will soon move along to help someone else.”

    Mr Pepper
    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12533
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    Wow, what a big difference from one month ago. I’m starting to pull goodies every few days from the set up. I also added a bucket to that empty spot I had on the lower level. I’m thinking about transplanting one of the eggplants from the backyard garden and trying it in the bucket.

    I’m currently working on another addition to the system and I should have an update in a few weeks, stay tuned!!

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    A little something for the rain makers, who ever they are

    Rain King- Counting Crows

    The Cult- Rain Remix

    Jackyl- When will it rain

     

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Lost and Found #12500
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    Adding another one to the list of lost, She goes by the name Zenscreamer Zenscreamer

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: The 2015 Backyard Garden #12379
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    Mrs Cog says, and bless her heart as she means well (I’m just going to say this out loud)… learn to can pickles

    I just don’t see myself having enough time to do this kind of stuff. But if I ever get the time and gumption, I’ll keep the special Two ice floes hotline in mind.

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: The 2015 Backyard Garden #12369
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    The back garden is still not complete, I am undecided what to do with the back corner. I’m leaning towards more berries, watt to do, watt to do?

    The tomato plants are doing really well, lots of them without splits in them. This is my best year with yellow squash production. The paper lanterns and cayenne peppers are producing. I’ve picked 8 giant cucumbers so far,I love fresh cucumbers. The production is really starting to pick up now:)

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12364
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    High Desert,

    When you get that Emily garden set up and running give us an update on them. I transplanted six basil plants to some open spots that I had available on mine. Thank you for sharing on how to build a proper green house.

    The plant collars came in this week, now I can use them with the Yoyo’s ( pulley’s ) for plant support. There should be a lot less stress on the branches with the collars. Less stress happy plants:)

    Mr Lizard keeping his part of the deal:)

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12326
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    High Desert

    Nice job on the seed starting rack, it’s the best way to start your plants. That’s a more than enough hours for grow time with so few total watts consumed. My only suggestion would be a little clip on fans for the plants, they seem to like the movement. http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-2004W-2-Speed-6-Inch-White/dp/B00FXOFO7W/ref=pd_sim_lg_6?ie=UTF8&refRID=00TPX9EVZQR3SHJ9H1RP

     

     

     

    Mr Pepper

     

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12310
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    High Desert,

    They’re not LED grow lamps, they’re for illumination purposes only. Link http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=LA450830LED

    They only draw 6.5 watts ea so they’re a perfect bulb for the battery system.

    I did mess around with LED grow lamps a few years ago, someone had given me the lights for free. It’s funny I was looking for something the other day and I found them again.Who knows I might mess around with them again with the Hydroponics system.

    The set up you did for the Mrs is really the right way to go, the seedlings need light and heat and with the LED’s you don’t get the heat. You could use a heating pad to overcome the heat issue.I just wasn’t impressed with the LED grow lights for seed starting.

    I use these grow lights to start 95% of my plants http://www.urbansunshine.com/sunblaze-44-T5-fixture They are pricey but worth every penny. http://www.amazon.com/ft-F54T5-HO-Fluorescent-Spectralux-Included/dp/B000AXPUBQ  for reviews on them.

    My ultimate goal is to grow in all four seasons in one location, but that’s just me:)

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12305
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    I’m loving the LED lights I put up for the Hydroponics system. Now when I work late which is almost all the time I can come home and do some maintenance. I came home last night and found two baby fruit worms, I found zero tonight, but I’ll check again before bed:)

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: passive solar greenhouse #12303
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    High Desert,

    Now that’s an update and thanks for sharing. I love the way you did the trellises to maximize grow areas, that’s going to be so sweet when it filled with goodies:) I like the window you incorporated in the wall, great idea for ventilation and pollination. The set up looks professional, great job!!

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Goat Forum #12302
    The Urban PepperThe Urban Pepper
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    Hmmm…

    Mrs Cog posting on the goat forum, when in doubt I always go with the tags as they never lie:)

    goats are typically found in more barren landscapes and many

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12297
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    I rebuilt the support pipes above the system this past week, I had a 3/4″ PVC pipe that was sagging and I replaced it with a 1 & 1/2′ pipes. I also added a second row above for the lower level plants. I didn’t have this last year and I was always struggling on a way to support them. I didn’t put a cap on the end because I might (99% sure) that I’m going to put a 45 degree connector and  pipe for another tomato plant I started yesterday.

    I got my YoYo support pulley’s this week from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-Plant-Yoyo-Stopper-pack/dp/B0055FIGA6/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1430573221&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=yoyo+plant+pulley

    I’ve never tried this brand before but I was very interested in the two hooks on one line feature.The price was a little higher than buying them locally, but they don’t have this style. I also ordered the twine clips or plant collars that go with the pulley’s. http://www.amazon.com/Twine-Clips-Mega-25mm-Terracotta/dp/B003XEH17U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1430574594&sr=8-2&keywords=twine+clips

    I also added 3 LED 40 watt lights with fixtures that I was able to pick up very cheap. I did a test light the other night to see how bright the light was and I was very impressed, I was so impressed that I actually found a fruit worm on one of the pepper plants with the light. The worm was on a plant next to a plant that had fruit on it and had I not seen it and removed it, it could have done some real damage.

    The tomato plant got it’s first tomato and it has tons of blooms:) and the plant is hitting the ceiling, I’ll let it grow until it curves by itself and  then hang it off the pipes above. I broke a tomato plant branch a couple of weeks ago from the other garden by accident and I salvaged the branch by propagating it into another plant. I put that in a bucket yesterday for the future pipe extension project.

    I hope everyone is doing well:-)

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12239
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    Highdesert,

    They are actually 16mm 5/8″ thick here is a PDF with more info on them http://gallinausa.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/HurricaneStormPanelBrochure.pdf

    They were very easy to work with and I can see why people would use them for weather protection.

    Don’t worry I’ll never tell you the really, really, really great price I paid for them.

    How’s your project going? Give us an update.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12233
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    I now have a solar powered, rain water collected and almost totally enclosed Greenhouse. I was able to get these hurricane panels( 4×8 clear) from the local home improvement center for a really, really, really great price. These panels had paint on them and I noticed them many times over the last two years, they just sat there because nobody wanted messed up ones. I finally got a price on them and I’m able to sleep well, after doing the purchase.

    I wasn’t planning on these but when the opportunity came up I jumped on it. This was a huge bonus to the entire set up, weather proofed and beyond.

    I still have to complete the door areas in the front and back. I got my test today with very strong wind and rain most of the day. The stuff is very sturdy and it does not flap around like the plastic I did last year.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: The 2015 Backyard Garden #12178
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    I found some much needed gumption today and did some things to the front garden and the side garden today:-)

    I got the marigolds planted for horn worm protection for the tomato plants.I planted some Blueberry, Blackberry and Strawberry up in the front tea garden. I should have that area completely finished by the weekend.

    The cucumbers are starting to pop as are the tomatoes. The cayenne peppers are producing and the paper lanterns are blooming.

    The weeds are under control with the mulch and the soil beneath is staying moist. I’ve been getting lot’s of much needed rain after a very dry March.

     

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12175
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    Thank you Mrs.Cog,

    They’re many obstacles to overcome before I can go into more details on my idea. It’s really not my idea, a friend came over and made a suggestion and why I didn’t think of it is mind boggling. It’s makes so much sense. I will share this, if I can pull it off, Mr Pepper will be extremely HAPPY:-)

     

    Mr Pepper

    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12170
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    Thank you High Desert,

    I didn’t research 12 volt pumps and I know they’re available. I went with the pure sine inverter because I want to do other stuff down the road with solar.

    Do you know if you can grow greens (lettuce) in those 6 pot self-contained units? Yes you can grow lettuce, kale and Basil, I did all that stuff last year in my grow room.The grow room is shut down for now and I didn’t want those units sitting idle, so I moved them outside. I got them at this place and I think they do ship. http://www.urbansunshine.com/emilys-garden-system I really like the units for the variety of things you can grow in them and they’re super easy to maintain.

    The tomato plant I put in the bucket 3 weeks ago is growing at an unreal pace. I’ve got 5 pulley’s holding it up so far. Above the system are pvc pipes that the plant will hang off, last year I did this with the cherry tomatoes and only had it hanging on one pipe. This year I’m going to try to get the plant to hang off all three pipes.Doing it this way I think will help the plant get more sun, it should be interesting:-)

    The 3 pepper plants I planted as I was building and testing the pumps in the system are starting to produce, These are green, red and yellow bell peppers.

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    in reply to: Solar Hydroponics 2015 #12116
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    Thank you Mr Cog,

    That plastic sheeting stayed there for two weeks until I was 100% confident on it’s waterproofing. I was lucky their was no rain during that “grace” period. I did get my test and it was a doozy, five hours of pouring rain, a town to the north of me set a new record with 2.2 inches rain, broke the old one from 1917. The test was almost successful except for one tiny puddle about 3 inches from the inverter. I found the culprit and fixed it.

    It was most certainly a challenge and I think the next one I build, I’ll leave the water and pumps out of the equation.

    The solar panels have since been move to the house roof for a more stable location. The shed will be coming down later this year either for a new one or another idea that I’m currently cooking up. Ms Lion Lady might like this one.

    This past week has been a learning experience on the systems abilities,it’s been raining everyday and very cloudy. The current load I’m running on the system is holding up. I’m staying in the green zone, the green zone can be found here http://www.solar-electric.com/deep-cycle-battery-faq.html#Battery%20Voltages

    keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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    Solar Hydroponics

    I decided to do something different this year with the Hydroponic dutch bucket set up. I added a small 2 panel 200 watt solar system to it. After doing a lot of research and exchanging emails with a friend. I purchased this system from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Off-Grid-Controller-Connectors-Mounting/dp/B00JK12544/ref=sr_1_39?s=lawn-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1429182317&sr=1-39

    This presented many challenges to first overcome. The solar controller and inverter http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZBHFMY?psc=1 are directly under the buckets in their soon to be water proof compartments.This required an almost total rebuild of the existing platforms. Since I had plenty of wood left over from last years buying spree from the 10 cents on the fiat store, it was time to get to work.

    I had three weeks to complete the project as I have a friend who is a master electrician committed to my project for free. I needed him to check my work and do the final hook up. I tell you it was nice seeing him work and I learned a lot of stuff from him. He’s a great  friend, not many of them around anymore.

    I had to rebuild the platforms, water proof the compartments, clean the buckets and reservoir, drainage pipes, purchase all the components, run all the wiring, get the plants ready, add other ideas to the set up because there wasn’t enough on my plate already and did I mention that I’m still a full time slock? What is a Slock? http://twoicefloes.com/four-score-and-seven-beards-ago/  I was also recovering from a minor surgery during that 3 week marathon of self inflicted pleasure. It was the busiest 3 weeks ever in my life and one of the most rewarding ones also.

    With solar power and collected rain water the system is now 100% off grid. I’m already getting ideas for the next project.

    Keep calm and keep growing, Mr Pepper

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