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Dang it CJ, will you please keep your weather up in VT? We don't need this stuff down here. This is twice in one season...
How am I supposed to finish my greenhouse in this stuff?
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Good thing your GB's are inside where the woodstove is

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Dang it CJ, will you please keep your weather up in VT? We don't need this stuff down here. This is twice in one season...
How am I supposed to finish my greenhouse in this stuff?


You're supposed to take the winter off.
We missed a big storm this weekend but another is headed our way in a few days. Seems like a normal winter for Vermont - not Georgia.

And yes, it is nice to see sprouts. One more month & I can start all of the seeds.

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Can't take the winter off. Need to get the GH finished and covered.

Are you going to get your GH going again in the spring? I'm thinking of using horse manure to keep mine heated in the fall/winter season (next year). Stuff is supposed to be pretty hot as it decomposes, so I don't know how long it'll keep a house heated. Be interesting to try though.

Have you ever grown your own chicken feed? Thinking of doing that with some shallow sprout containers and rotate them from the GH to the chicken pens which are next to each other.

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I'll have something in the GH but I'll add an outdoor system too because I want to try trout. I have looked into horse manure. It keeps the soil warm - I don't think it effects air temps too much tho.

I don't grow my own chicken feed but I don't feed them too much except during winter. They're very free range. Yolks are insanely orange.

I missed a workshop about feeding your chickens on compost all year round (no grain) - that sounded interesting. Especially because I'm wintering hungry turkeys.

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when you get a chance, hit www.growingpower.org/compost.htm and try YouTube videos to see Will Allen and his greenhouses/aquaponics/composting
This guy heats his greenhouse with compost in the winter and he is in the same zone you are.
Great if you have access to that type of composting materials.
Just saying it can be done to heat the whole GH.

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Here are some springtails, both white and purple, in my greenhouse system. The stone is about 1/2" (12mm). I, too, have read that they do not cause problems unless in high populations, but have had trouble getting seeds to grow since they have appeared. Seedlings still generally grow fine once transplanted.


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Looking OK, had to raise the light a bit.

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CJ - what is that LED Grow Light you are using? How do you like it? what is the power consumtion? :think: :think:

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The LED uses 14 watts & it seems to supplement the light from the window. It was around $50 on Amazon & I've just purchase 2 more - different brand a little cheaper. They should arrive any day.

The 2 outer beds don't get enough light at the far end. I'll have a better idea how much they help in a few weeks. I have it on a timer running about 6 hours a day. I'd do more but we're off grid and as you know it's been a cloudy winter!

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What's the latest? Got your spring seed catalogs yet?

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I had planned on starting my seeds on my birthday (feb 7) but I was sick. 3 weeks later I still haven't started anything.

I've been working a zillion hours doing taxes but that's finally slowed down.

In other news our, 1st lamb of the season was born & our beef is back from the butcher. I sold half & got back 127 lbs (mini belted galloways). I will do broilers this spring (1st time), turkeys & tilapia (1st time). I'll try pigs for the 1st time too. Throw in lamb & beef & we should only wind up purchasing the occasional shell fish for meat protein.

I think tilapia will work better due to the high temps in the hoop house. Plus, we seem to like it much better than trout.

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I had my 1st fish suicide the other day! Must have happened a few minutes before I came downstairs - the fish was still breathing a bit but my rescue effort failed.

Not sure if he jumped because of the state of affairs in the world, the relatively high water level (I had recently topped up) or because some of the fish started slapping the water to get my attention.

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And here's an update of indoor growth:
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The big mistake was attempting to grow radishes inside. Makes it harder to pick out the lettuce.

If I could scoot those GBs closer to the window they'd get better light. I'm sure I'll wind up stealing some gravel from the indoor system as I set up the outdoor one. It'll be easier to move then.

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With the benefits of bacteria already growing on the indoor gravel. Don't have to wait as long to cycle. What's your plan as to when to get back into the outdoor GH?

Knowing that gravel is heavy, reckon there is any way to turn those beds around so the other end gets some sunlight and the plants are not at a 45 degree angle? Do you have to tip your head sideways to eat that lettuce?
Just funning ya.

Hhmmm now that I think about it, a reflector shield on the drain side of the beds may reflect enough light back toward the bed. Hhmmm, interesting.

Just started some seeds in my office at the house. Got them in the window supplemented with a 4' shop light. The seed tray is only two feet long. How's that for wacko? Gotta work with what you have.

Let us know how the LED's are working for you. Luck to ya up there in the cold country.

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A friend just got some mylar for their indoor set up & I'm waiting for him to put it up to see if it works good.

How about 2 two foot trays under the four foot light?

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