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PostPosted: Jan 25th, '15, 06:37 
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Jason, your system design is incredible. Have really enjoyed the technical explanations and that you explained your reasoning for some decisions.

Regarding the banana, could you put the barrel (cut as suggested above, or even into thirds) into an IBC? Minimises root disturbance then? That thing is going to be super heavy and unwieldy though, so maybe not an option :shrug:


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PostPosted: Feb 15th, '15, 21:21 
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Hi Velvet, I'm going to try to get some bananas out of them as they stand right now. They should top out in size and fruit at some point. Then I might do a pup in a full IBC for next year. :D.

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Great system you have created Jason. When you get around to checking your thread, can you let me know how you go with removing fish waste/solids from your rectangular fish tanks.

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Hi Scotty - I'm going to run 15 to 20 parallel channels for less resistance between two 1" headers. My snap switch stays on constantly in hot weather and full sun. The panel being one long coil doesn't cool off fast and I'm not picking up much heat either with the flashing. Maybe 1 to 2 deg different from inlet to outlet. I think I need a thicker piece of metal in there or bend my flashing around my pex for better contact. I heard that one long coil where the water is running fast is very inefficient. My snap switch is 120 deg on and 85 deg off which is a large spread, that will help you. If you get a snap switch that kicks on and off at a single deg you will have issues.

Hi East - This is my first year. I had green sap suckers in the spring devastating my leaves. I ordered 1000 lady bugs for 19.95 and they wiped them out in one day. Both the lady bugs and suckers are no more. I had 4 weeks of peace and now I have gnats. They don't seem to be doing anything to the plants but irritating to me. I have two pray mantis eggs that I'm hoping will hatch soon, if not I will order another batch of lady bugs.



Gnats are suckers for apple cider vinegar and a banana peel. We put about 3-4" in a jar with one banana peel, poked lots of small holes in the jar lid with an icepick. The gnats can make it in through the holes but drown in the liquid, which is now black and no more gnats! We keep a couple jars in the house since the kiddos love fruit and running in and out to play, so we had loads of gnats until I found this solution. Organic, easy, and inexpensive. Replace the jar contents when it is full of gnats or when you start seeing gnats flying around again.


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I harvested my first crop of bananas. A lot of work for a common tasting banana. I need to try other varieties next time.


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Some of those bananas are hilarious

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i don't know how I missed your system before. This setup is awesome. I must admit that I am a little envious, I am a fan of almost any work done in concrete. Something about the permanence, and commitment, in a world of 25 year lifespan stickframe, and houseflipping.

Congrats on the bananas. I'd like to do something very similar, I have a plan for a bit of an arboretum with the greenhouse, but I haven't the ability to work at that scale today. I've got bananas outside in a zone9, and may someday get fruit, but at 2 years old they are still only almost half the size of your tree. Ive also got a couple self fertile dwarf papaya and some dwarf citrus in the little greenhouse. I am hoping these will do well enough to help justify a better greenhouse, but that also means a different location.

Did you find that the tomatoes did eventually produce all on their own? My thought was lack of pollination, but I see you had some nice harvests in the end, so I'm curious.

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Any new photos mate

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