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PostPosted: Nov 28th, '10, 06:49 
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The variety is from your neck of the woods. It's called Scherazi and it's an heirloom variety from Iran.

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Hang your tobacco upside down from the rafters by the roots. It needs to have warm/dry environment to dry properly. And probably not drying in the GH either. Let me know how it tastes.
Had a good laugh with the cuc roots. Guess that's why they say to have large pipes. here is a pic of a cuc setup, but not AP. Could be modified though...
Got any plans for the winter growing season?
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oh, BTW, I swiped the above pic from www.pvcplans.com. Great ideas there.

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:thumbleft: good link Mr Bill

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About your tomatoes, CJ. Check out "lean and lower" strings that should be available from hydroponic suppliers.

****“Lean and lower” is the most common production technique for greenhouse tomatoes though there is some variability. The lean and lower practice involves intensive suckering to produce one or two vines that are clipped to a length of twine. The twine is unwound from a support hook lowering the vine. The hooks are moved along a horizontal support cable as the plant is continuously lowered as it grows. This method ensures that the ripest fruit is always lowered to a convenient level for harvesting."****
Text taken from http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/cbo/new/gwp/Gre ... ummary.pdf

Since you are already in a GH, shouldn't be too hard to setup.
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Thanks Mr Bill. I had already ordered my supplies by the time I learned about this technique. Maybe next year I can order some of those wires & clips.

I think the nearest hydroponics place is a 2 hour drive away.
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About your tomatoes, CJ. Check out "lean and lower" strings that should be available from hydroponic suppliers.

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you married a handydude, right? he should be able to make some with pieces of coat hanger and mason string. Don't buy it if you can make it.

Like the greenhouse items. I see 5, 6 gallon buckets, tubs, cat litter buckets, recycled stuff. Good for you.

Got any pics of the overall view of the GH from the outside? Hhhmmm maybe I missed it. I'll have to go back and look...

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editing the former post as it appears contradictory: find out how they are made, then make your own.
Maybe I'm just cheap.
Picked up 5 perfectly good tomato cages from someone's curbside. Looked like they were used only one season. Hate it when people throw stuff away. I'll give them away to a needy person.
Yeah, maybe I am cheap, but what the heck.

What kind of Tomato plant did you try? Determinate or Indeterminate? How many main vines did you prune back to?

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I suspect they are cheap enough that I can buy a few to see what they're like in person, then try to duplicate (I studied Industrial Design). My husband is handy but I try to do things on my own except plumbing (sometimes) because he's a plumber. And anything involving brute force, like moving a round bale with no tractor.

Some of the tomatoes were determinate so pruning them didn't work out. But I was too heavy handed even the indeterminate. I tried to keep it to one main stem.

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Charles Wilber has a book out "How to Grow World Record Tomatoes"
His indeterminate plants are pruned to 6 or 8 main vines and they grow to 20+ feet. In dirt in a half-whisky barrel.
Cmon, I know you can beat that in your GH.

Yeah, you might want to back off the pruning. "set them down and back away slowly" LOL

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Have you received the effects of Hurricane Irene up where you live?

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We were trapped at home for one day - the road leaving the house was flooded at both ends. My house was unaffected. We're pretty high up and it even took several days for my pond to fill up. The highway going into town is still out but we can easily detour around it:
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Amazing no one was hurt!

Now... as to the AP setup... 2011 was a bust :cry: The dirt garden not that far behind!

The main problem was that the tilapia I ordered in May never showed & I never got fully up to speed thinking I'd have to rip it all apart.

I now have about 20 very small tilapia that I'm going try to overwinter in the house. If all goes well I will have breeding stock & 2 lb fish next fall.

I had a few losses early on but everything looks good for now. I even have a a back up battery system in place.

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Glad to hear you are still alive and well. Oh wow, those pictures look bad. But good thing you live off the grid, things don't effect you so much. Looking at the bright side, Husband has a lot of work now.

The battery backup is dedicated to your system?

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The battery backup is just in case the power (house batteries) gets low and the generator doesn't start (it's acting a little funky).

It's a dieHard marine battery (which we had lying around) connected to a small inverter ($30ish) connected to a small (2 watt) solar panel (also $30ish) which is stuck to the window. If the battery is topped up it could run the air & 2 pumps (30 watts all together) running 15 min/hr for like a month. Probably won't need it for more than a few hours. Suppose I could hook the modem up to it too.

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Question for the group:
I have 2 indoor FTs. One GB has some very large basil & parsley that are almost 18 months old. After a goldfish & some tilapia died, I moved all the fish to the other tank and changed out all of the water. It's now been fishless for a whole month and I'm a bit worried about putting fish back in because the PH is fairly high (7.9). The PH of the other tank is 6.8 and the water came from the same source. The only difference (besides the lack of fish) is there is some debris at the bottom of the tank. I think it is dead/decomposing plant matter that has somehow worked it's way into the FT either thru the drain or just falling into the tank.

Could this dead plant matter be effecting the PH? Is 7.8 high enough to kill the fish or is something else going on? I'd rather not pull the plants completely, but maybe severely pruning & removing all the dead leaves would help? After 18 months, could there be anaerobic pockets in the GB that are occasionally getting flooded & that's hurting the fish?

It's time to move the goldfish back inside! Thoughts?

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