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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Sep 25 2020 8:33pm

Cleaning up the garden, 4 nights of frost finished off most everything.
Pulled up dead plants and giving the soil a turn, planted a last seeding of radishes.

Transplanted (into high tunnel) Hot Peppers, Basil and Lettuce doing great.
Plan on clearing a couple more beds of the depleted Tomato plants and starting some more Lettuce, Radishes, Basil and Celantro

Have all the fixings to rig the cooling. Will be necessary to moderate Fall temperature fluctuations.
One thermostatically controlled fan will force cool air to mix with the hottest peak air, moderating and circulating.
2nd fan, at opposite end, will vent hottest air, allowing a direct cross flow.
#1 fan engaging when temp rises above 85(?) at head level, 2nd engaging towards 95(?) , subject to readjustment.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by tomjasz » Sep 26 2020 1:56pm

nicobie wrote:
Jun 24 2020 1:49pm
It's been fun watching your garden mature over the years.

Good job!
Agreed! As a retired horticulturist, I too have really enjoyed following the progress. WELL DONE~
Thanks Justin_le we're here thanks to you. All the best to the mods for their tireless work keeping it on an even keel.

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 07 2020 7:10am

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Tomato splitting!

Bane of last years Fall tomato harvest reappearing. (from inside High Tunnel)
Not due to watering! Watering is regular and consistent via timed daily application though soaker hoses.
I have been adding calcium and Epsom salts with supplemental watering.
Elimination of various possibilities seems to indicate temperature fluctuations as the probable culprit.
Temperatures fluctuate between >100 and <40-50.
DrkAngel wrote:
Sep 25 2020 8:33pm
One thermostatically controlled fan will force cool air to mix with the hottest peak air, moderating and circulating.
2nd fan, at opposite end, will vent hottest air, allowing a direct cross flow.
#1 fan engaging when temp rises above 85(?) at head level, 2nd engaging towards 95(?) , subject to readjustment.
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There, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely, sobers us again.

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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 12 2020 10:42am

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Into the Fall

Garden
Harvesting from 3 plantings of Radishes, Collard Greens and Swiss Chard producing steadily and replanting of smaller Onion bulbs is producing a nice little bed of Green Onions.

High Tunnel
Tomatoes producing about 50lb every week, about 25lb of Sweet Peppers and near 5lb of Hot Peppers. Buttercrunch Lettuce nearing harvest size, 2 plantings promising 2nd crop in November. Some varieties of Tomatoes not flowering and nearing end of life, will be removed, allowing additional Lettuce and Radish plantings.

Monarchs
#7 finally emerged, much later than I expected. Was given some healthy feedings of 20% honey-water mix before release into mild forecast weather. Final tally of 10 chrysali producing 4 females, 3 males and 3 ftl (failure to launch).

Further
Heating/cooling.
Exercise equipment and reading nook need updating.
Need clean out and composting of garden beds.
Fabric removal under block beds.
Prep and planting of new Garlic bed.
Recovery and storage of Pantry garden irrigation lines.
Recovery and placement of rescue Goldfish from water barrels to Winter homes.
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Re: Raised Bed Gardening - Cement Blocks > Greenhouse!

Post by DrkAngel » Oct 17 2020 6:10am

In the midst of a Freeze, 25 degrees F as dawn nears.

Cleared about 2 HT beds of the lesser producing Tomato plants, freshed up the soil with well decomposed horse manure and transplanted in September plantings of Buttercrunch lettuce, Spinach, Beets, and Cilantro. Also transplanted in a lovely Nasturtium plant. Will post up pictures after seedlings recover from transplant shock. There is still a sampling of Cilantro, Beets, Lettuce, Spinach, Celery, Carrots, Dill, Swiss Chard, Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts and Radishes in the garden, so I will be able to gauge frost/freeze durability.

Disconnected the outside irrigation hosing and will be draining rain barrels, just need to find Winter homes for the surviving goldfish.
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Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:
There, shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely, sobers us again.

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