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PostPosted: Jul 27th, '16, 04:29 
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That wicking bed is a wiked good idea.
It looks like the mice chewed a hole into the pond liner of the wicking bed I have in my green house.
It was already there before I built the green house.
Since I have to fix the hole, take the dirt out etc. , I might as well built something like you did.
I could hook the warm water into the floor heating system of the wintergarden.

Now you got me thinking :mrgreen:

I am glad somebody gets some ideas from my postings
Seeing you are going to dismantle and start again I highly recommend the cool room panels as they hold the heat
How is the floor heated in the winter garden

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I have plenty of the 2 inch, 5cm, thick foam insulation boards lying around.

The floor heating of the wintergarden is 3/4 inch pex pipe, its snakes are a foot roughly 30 cm apart. The water is heated by a outdoor furnace wood stove, 1000 liter water jacket around the fire chamber.
From there it gets pumped to the house, the insulated pipes are 1 meter in the ground. In the house it gets distributed to radiators or the floor heating in the wintergarden
Since the Greenhouse is attached to the South side of the WG, all I would have to do drill 2 holes and run some pex and hook it up to the heating system.

The floor heating has a mixer, that way the water does not get to hot, 180 F from the stove is great for radiators but floor only needs 80 to 90 F.

My WB is in the ground, about 3 feet deep.

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PostPosted: Jul 27th, '16, 16:47 
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Planted the tomato/s today the bed got to 24 deg

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PostPosted: Aug 3rd, '16, 17:03 
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The hot house is now running on natural gas :thumbright:

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looking good F&F - neat idea.
interesting to see how the tomatoes go.
I have some here in carry over and some siberians but they don't ripen as yet even in full sun against a wall.

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did you have beans for dinner ? :notworthy:

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PostPosted: Aug 5th, '16, 05:33 
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Super happy turned on the nat gas yesterday about 3 pm
it ran all night
This morning outside temp2 deg
hot house 15 deg and the hot bed sitting on 30 deg
Now to get some automated control going
Tomatoes all year :thumbright:

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PostPosted: Aug 9th, '16, 11:48 
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Interesting findings couple of days ago I put sticks next to the largest tomatoes and marked there height
The bed is sitting at 38 deg ,The plants don't grow during the day but by each morning they have grown up to 1 in higher
Also the 5 on the left [burkes backyard ] are bolting


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PostPosted: Aug 14th, '16, 16:51 
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Now we are starting to get serious :laughing3:


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PostPosted: Aug 15th, '16, 05:47 
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The results look promising left the light on all night and over the last 24 hrs that plant is 1+1/2 in or 40 mm higher the one next to it is only 1+1/4 or 32 mm higher
We will give it a week then decide if its worth it

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Look at the photo above notice the stake on the right it has a dip in it about 6 or in above the plant
Now check this photo taken 7 days later that dip is covered by plant

Also finished off installing the smart pump setup to water the auto pots

So I recon the hot house is finished [till I find something else to do :oops: ]


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tomatoes look good F&F. Will be interesting to see time to first fruit and ripening rate.

what is your plan once things begin to warm up to keep the temp under control ?

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PostPosted: Aug 18th, '16, 09:59 
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dlf_perth wrote:
tomatoes look good F&F. Will be interesting to see time to first fruit and ripening rate.

what is your plan once things begin to warm up to keep the temp under control ?

Leave the door open [I leave the door open on sunny days now also picked up a small evaporative cooler yesterday
Will put a small float valve in it to maintain water level

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Any body living close to Gisborne the Gisborne mushroom farm has mushy compost for $3 a bag plus you get a few feed of mushrooms


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Look at the last photo of the tomatoes they are right at the top of the stake now :thumbright:
Also put bubblers in the sump tank and wicking bed reservoir [it stinks to high heaven at the moment ]

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Just picked another 1 1/2 kg mushrooms

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