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PostPosted: Feb 13th, '17, 13:02 
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Rob, the viewing window with the high frame recording is perfect :thumbright: . It gave me another way to show what was happening inside the bell siphon.

The 3-D printed siphon looks fantastic. I do have a question, do you anticipate any trouble with the cup movement over time, i.e. gunking up on the hinge, or the hinge wearing causing it to not move as freely as it should?

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I don't think the hinge will cause much trouble. There is hardly any movement from it and the water should keep it lubricated. It hasn't happened to me, but some of the 3D printer folks say that the PLA plastic will break down over time with water. We'll see what happens with it!

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I usually grow our tomatoes in the media beds. This year I'm trying out deep water culture!


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Thanks for sharing Rob, looking great as usual. I'm not dwc ing yet, any reason you're using such small pots?
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It's what I had. ;-) Really they just need enough to hold the stem in place. I've had a bunch of people tell me that they've been using the GrowGrips for their tomatoes and they've been doing well.

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Enjoyed the video Rob, interesting how the volunteers are doing so much better. Might have to do with them already having water roots :think: . I'm looking forward to your next installment on this.


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I was really easy to transplant them. Next year I'm going to do the same thing, just throw a bunch of seeds in to the media and let them do their thing!

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Nice, I finally got youtube to show on our television last night so my wife can also see them, thus enjoyed your videos even more. Thanks Rob.

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Latest update on the DWC tomatoes. 6 weeks after putting them in the DWC bed.



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The 3rd video in the DWC tomato series. We're picking tomatoes!

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Awesome vid Mate, enjoyed watching them through.
Dont envy you off that ladder though! I try and train my overhead to avoid the climb.. dont like the shakey things! Does make them look very cool though, pretty crazy how high they can get.

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looks good Rob. This is the first year I've really done a good job trellising my tomatoes in the greenhouse and pruning them back. I haven't got a ton of tomatoes yet, but I get a few cherry tomatoes every couple of days. The plants are still growing like crazy and reached my upper bar for my trellis so now I have them starting to angle over into the middle of my greenhouse because I don't have enough height for them to keep going so going to end up with a tomato canopy covering my walkways instead. I didn't do a good job keeping up with the tomatoes in the garden so they are in dire need of pruning it's hard to find and get to ripe tomatoes. I seem to only be getting cherry tomatoes ripening there too, everything else seems to be a little behind, they are growing in the garden but not ripening yet.

It seems like the tomato plants that I'm pruning are spending a lot more energy growing taller before setting fruit where the tomato plants that I did not prune got really bushy but are setting a lot more fruit. It will be interesting to see what happens long term... we should be OK on tomatoes one way or another since I think we have close to 30 tomato plants of different varieties planted, I can afford to experiment a bit.

The tomato plants that I trellised in the greenhouse are 7-8ft tall above my growbeds now. I have some growing in gravel, some growing in hydroton, some growing in lava rock and some growing in DWC to see what works best.

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I've given up trying to grow tomatoes in the garden. Keeping they tied up properly was always a nightmare. Then the blight would come along during the summer and wipe out everything. I haven't had any blight problems in the greenhouse, just powdery mildew which I can keep under control.

Yesterday I lowered the tomatoes down and started to coil the vines. https://www.facebook.com/BigelowBrook/posts/1505596906129952:0

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My garden mater's are in raised beds with fresh topsoil, didn't add compost this year since six out of seven beds we're brand new but started out watering with fish tank water out of the greenhouse to try and give them some nutrients. We did save and crush a bunch of egg shells in the tomato beds to try and give more calcium to hopefully not have blossom end rot issues which seemed to be our worst issue in previous years, but we were also growing in clay until this year. I have 7 raised dirt beds which are each 3ft x 12ft x 1ft tall which covers about half of our garden this year, so the only stuff left in the clay is pumpkins, zucchini, watermelon and pickles which all except the watermelon did really well last year. Might still expand and add more raised beds next year, or might build a summer AP system (either outdoors or maybe in a cheap poly high tunnel) in the other half of the garden next year.

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A little leak....



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