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PostPosted: Feb 14th, '22, 06:19 
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excuse my excitement. It's a big deal to a noob like me.
So far, my indoor set up is working as expected.
Even though we've had several frosts with no heat.
"back porch with 8x8 screen with 1"blue board just kind
of up against it."
I'd upload some pics but microsoft took out and or lost
means of downloading or up. Any indoor gardeners here?

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Congrats A2Z!

Does indoor mean that you are going to need to hand pollinate?

My AP tanks are in an outdoor enclosure covered with 30% shade cloth. It keeps the butterflies away, but means that I have to stick to leaf crops rather than anything fruiting like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.

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Noogieloaf wrote:
Congrats A2Z!

Does indoor mean that you are going to need to hand pollinate?

My AP tanks are in an outdoor enclosure covered with 30% shade cloth. It keeps the butterflies away, but means that I have to stick to leaf crops rather than anything fruiting like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc.

Cheers
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Hey Noogieloaf,

Thanks for adding ome info here.

I'm not sure I'll do it by hand (several brushes ready)
or make 2) 4' x 8' bifold doors and open
up to mold. This complex was built on
a swamp. All the sidewalks turn black
when it rains. It has already wiped me out once.

Barely recovered & it's back again.
The open end porch faces south with low land
with trees almost totally shading even with
the southern sun.
I'm leaning towards the doors so I can at least
once in a while get som natural light and maybe som air?

I have 2 ideas. 1st is to make crossed braced frames
and cut up the insulation to fit. Or option b) I picked
up 8 4x4 tropher lights (commercial suspended office lights)
Having 16 4 footers aimed in 8' high x 8 ' wide
God I sure hope all the effort is worth it.
I remain optimistic
Do you think pollinators won't find your plants?

My brief encounter brought ants to my attention.
I've never seen any other insect there. Course I wasn't there much.

It does have me thing ant farm though.

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Sounds like a challenge.

My garden is mostly pollinated by Australian native sugarbag bees (Tetragonula) from a hive I have and blue-banded bees (Amegilla) living in the clay under my timber deck, as well as the honeybees from a neighbour's hive. The sugarbags are roughly the size of a rice grain and cant get through my shade cloth. I've had a couple of infestations of aphids, which can get through, and have had to collect ladybugs from the garden to put in the AP enclosure to get them under control.

I tend to try to discourage ants as they farm sugary lerps which suck the sap from the plants. I recently had one of my most productive black nightshades killed off by an infestation of lerps.

It's great to be able to read about your setup on the other side of the planet and how different your challenges are to the ones I have here.

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